Yizhao Ni, PhD

Member, Division of Biomedical Informatics

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

UC Department of Biomedical Informatics

Phone 513-803-4269

Email yizhao.ni@cchmc.org

Clinical informatics; natural language processing; machine learning (predictive modeling)

Yizhao Ni’s research interest lies in the development of machine learning, natural language processing (NLP) and information retrieval techniques to assist clinical decision making. His research is application-oriented and the overall objective is to improve the quality of health care by: providing more effective provisioning of usable data (efficiency); helping clinicians generate more objective clinical decisions (effectiveness); and providing more reliable proactive prediction of clinical outcomes (safety). To achieve these objectives, he collaborates with clinical providers, information service administrators and biomedical and computational scientists.

Dr. Ni’s team has participated in a variety of research projects, including the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics Network (eMERGE) project, and , medication safety in intensive care units (R01), detection of surgery cancellation (R21), and sustainable surveillance of diabetes (U18). He has active collaborations with the divisions of Emergency Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Center for Autoimmune Genomics and Etiology, Neonatology & Pulmonary Biology, Anesthesia, Psychiatry and Oncology at Cincinnati Children’s; and with Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine in the UC College of Medicine.

In addition to his research, Dr. Ni is serving as a machine learning specialist in multiple quality improvement projects such as the safety and situation awareness project.

BSc: Xiamen University, Xiamen, PR China, 2005.

MSc: University College London, London, UK, 2006.

PhD: University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 2010.

Post-doctoral: University of Bristol, Bristol, UK, 2012.

Certification: Epic Clarity Data Model, 2013.

View PubMed Publications

Barzman D, Ni Y, Griffey M, Patel B, Warren A, Mossman D, Latessa E, Sorter M. A pilot study on developing a standardized and sensitive school violence risk assessment with manual annotation. Psychiatric Quarterly. 2016. 

Ni Y, Beck AF, Taylor R, Dyas J, Solti I, Grupp-Phelan J, Dexheimer JW. Will they participate? Predicting patients’ response to clinical trial invitations in a pediatric emergency department. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2016;23(4):671-80. 

Ni Y, Kennebeck S, Dexheimer JW, McAneney C, Tang H, Lingren T, Li Q, Zhai H, Solti I. Automated clinical trial eligibility prescreening: increasing the efficiency of patient identification for clinical trials in the emergency department. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2015;22(1):166-178.

Li Q, Spooner SA, Kaiser M, Lingren N, Robbins J, Lingren T, Tang H, Solti I, Ni Y. An end-to-end hybrid algorithm for automated medication discrepancy detection. BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making. 2015;15(1):37.

Ni Y, Wright J, Perentesis J, Lingren L, Deleger L, Kaiser M, Solti I. Increasing the efficiency of trial-patient matching: automated clinical trial eligibility pre-screening for pediatric oncology patients. BMC Medical Informatics & Decision Making. 2015;15(1):28.

Automated Patient Identification for Research Studies. Principal Investigator. Cincinnati Children's (Innovation Fund). Jul 2016-Jun 2018.

Developing a Standardized Risk Assessment Approach to Improve School Safety. Principal Investigator. Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (Pilot Translation Research Grant). Jul 2017-Jun 2018. 

Improving Intensive Care Medication Safety through EHR-based Algorithms. Co-Investigator. National Library of Medicine. Oct 2015-Sep 2019.

Using the electronic health record to identify children likely to suffer last-minute surgery cancellation. Co-Investigator. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Sep 2016-Aug 2018.

SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Registry Study, Phase 4: Ohio Center. Co-Investigator. National Institutes of Health. Sep 2015-Sep 2020.

Better Outcomes for Children: Promoting Excellence in Healthcare Genomics to Inform Policy. Collaborator. National Institutes of Health. Oct 2015-May 2019.