Expertise

William Tierney, M.D., is internationally recognized for his research in biomedical informatics, health services and clinical database epidemiology.

During his first 36 years at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute, his research focused on developing, implementing, and studying electronic medical records (EHRs) and health information technologies. In 2009-10, he assumed the roles of president and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, associate dean for comparative effectiveness research at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine for Eskenazi Health, the nation’s fourth-largest safety-net health system, where he had practiced for more than 35 years as a primary care physician, emergency physician and hospitalist.

He also served as the founding director of informatics and research for the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), a 30+ year collaboration of more than 20 North American universities with Moi University in Kenya. He led the team that developed sub-Saharan Africa’s first ambulatory EHRs which grew into OpenMRS, one of the world’s most widely adopted EHR platforms that has been implemented in more than 50 countries. Dr. Tierney led the team that implemented OpenMRS in Tanzania and Uganda where it is now the national EHR system.

In 2015, Dr. Tierney left IU for the University of Texas at Austin where he was the founding chair of the new Dell Medical School’s Department of Population Health which plays a leading role in the school’s mission to help make Austin a model healthy city. The Department of Population Health focuses on community engagement, health equity, primary care, occupational health, global health and health information and data analytic sciences.

In 2021, Dr. Tierney returned to Indiana University to serve as Associate Dean for Population Health & Health Outcomes at the Fairbanks School of Public Health in its Department of Global Health. He will help lead Fairbanks’ efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of Hoosiers in Central Indiana and statewide.

Past Affiliations

Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin (past)

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin (past)

Chair, Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin (past)

Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Affiliate Scientist, Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Associate Dean, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Chancellor's Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Division Director, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Associate Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Professor, Department of Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Adjunct Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Professor, School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University Bloomington

President, Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Affiliate Faculty, Center for Bioethics, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Medicine (past)

Professor, Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin (past)

Professor, Department of Oncology, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin (past)

Livestrong Cancer Institutes, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin (past)

Center for Health Communication, Moody College of Communication, University of Texas at Austin (past)

Communities
Public Health, Public Health
Degrees
MD, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Medicine, 1976
BA, Indiana University Bloomington, Biological Sciences, 1973
Keywords
biomedical informatics electronic medical records global health epidemiology