Fellowship Program

Clinical Informatics Fellowship

Rochester Regional Health

Director’s Letter

On behalf of the Health Informatics team and Rochester Regional Health (RRH), it is my honor and privilege to present the Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program for your consideration.

Our program is sponsored by our Health Informatics team which is recognized regionally and nationally for its achievements and innovations.

The Health Informatics Department at RRH is a multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, and IT informaticians who work together to implement state-of-the-art technology and play a key role in the provision of high-quality healthcare. The fellowship is built on the strong foundation of the team, and commitment of our Faculty to provide the training and education in the vast field of Informatics.

I look forward to hearing from you and sharing how the Clinical Informatics Fellowship at RRH can help you develop the knowledge and skills to have a successful career as a Clinical Informatician.

Farhad Nasar, MD, MRCP, MSc
Program Director

About the Program

The ACGME-accredited, two-year Clinical Informatics Fellowship training program is a unique combination of educational and practical experiences.

Our mission is to improve lives and promote health by preparing clinical informaticians with the knowledge, skills, and compassion to lead the thoughtful modernization of healthcare through education, practice, and research. The fellowship will provide a diverse variety of didactics, rotations, and hands-on leadership opportunities. Our Clinical Informatics graduates will be well-equipped as physician leaders for the future.

Areas of Study

The education plan for fellows includes:

• MS Health Informatics through Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
• Monthly Journal Club

Fellowship Year-1 Rotations:
• Fundamentals of Clinical Informatics
• Clinical Decision Support
• Data Analytics and Reporting
• Enterprise Information System

Fellowship Year-2 Rotations:
• Technology Acquisition and Implementation
• Health Information Exchange
• IT Security and Privacy
• Quality Informatics
• Consumer Health Informatics
• User-Centered Design and User Acceptance Testing
• Leadership and Change Management – a longitudinal experience throughout the second year that includes the education plan as well as regular meetings with leaders in the health system

Examples of Leadership by Fellows:
Fellows lead and co-lead the Informatics governance committees and projects related to multiple domains in Informatics. Fellows also collaborate with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) faculty and students for research and other informatics projects and activities.

• Leading Hospital Medicine Health Informatics Advisory Group
• Leading Clinical Decision Support Committee
• Hospital Throughput Initiative
• Tracking Return on Investment for Health Informatics
• Standardization of Glucose Management in Hospitalized Patients
• Data Extraction for Research Projects
• Hospitalist Dashboards Creation
• Collaborative Research with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
• Mentoring Residents and Medical Students for Health Informatics Elective Rotation

How to Apply

All applicants must apply through the ERAS website. Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics, or Radiology is required.

All fellowship Interviews are done virtually.

Due to the number of inquiries we receive, we are unable to review any applicant information that is not submitted through ERAS.

We Require:

Applicants will need the following information for their applications:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE Scores
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • Personal Statement


The following is a list of benefits granted to all fellows

Medical Insurance

Opportunity to enroll in one of two comprehensive medical insurance plans.

Dental Insurance

Option to purchase one of two plans.

Life insurance

Employer paid coverage equal to 1x salary with option to purchase added coverage up to five (5) times annual salary.

Vision/Hearing Plan

Option to purchase a vision & hearing plan.

Short-Term Disability

Residents are entitled to up to six months of pay in the event of an approved disability, compensated at 60% of the resident stipend.

Long-Term Disability

Residents are provided with long-term disability of 50% of resident stipend in the event of an approved long-term disability. Residents have an option to purchase additional long-term disability to bring the amount up to 66.67%.


EAP is free, confidential service for employees and immediate family members that provides assistance with everyday work and family issues, as well as more challenging personal concerns.

On-site Child Care

Child care programs are offered for children between the ages of eight weeks to pre-school, and a before and after-school program is available to serve employees and the community. Preferential consideration is given to Hospital employees based upon availability; these employees receive a discounted rate.


Option to enroll in tax deferred annuity plan.

Paid Vacation / Holiday

Why Choose Rochester Regional Health

Since its inception, Health Informatics at Rochester Regional has achieved national recognition for its structure and outcomes. The Health Informatics infrastructure has been recognized by Gartner in the publication, “Best Practice Exemplar: RRH Delivers Digital Value through Clinical Informatics,” and has been imperative in RRH’s system achievement of HIMSS Stage 7 of EHR Adoption. We also have a direct affiliation with the Rochester Institute of Technology’s (RIT) Health Informatics MS program and other informatics-related education and research activities. Fellows will have the opportunity to interact with RIT students and collaborate with them in different activities.

Program Faculty

The Health Informatics team members come from a variety of disciplines and are committed to serving the health system and community, as well as committed to providing a productive environment for the learning and growth of the fellows.

Matt Phillips, MBA

Vice President, Health Informatics

Additional Information

Adjunct Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology

Farhad Nasar, MD, MRCP, MSc

Medical Director Health Informatics

Additional Information

Specialty: Clinical Informatics, Internal Medicine

Paul Cabral, MD, FACOG

Medical Director, Health Informatics

Additional Information

Specialty: Clinical Informatics, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Balazs Zsenits, MD, FACP, SFHM, FAMIA

Chief Medical Information Officer, Senior Vice President

Additional Information

Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester
Adjunct Professor of Informatics, Rochester Institute of Technology
Specialty: Clinical Informatics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Internal Medicine

David Krusch, MD, FACS

Vice President, IT Applications

Additional Information

Clinical Professor of Surgery, University of Rochester
Adjunct Professor of Informatics, Rochester Institute of Technology
Specialty: Clinical Informatics, Surgery

Andrew Muth, MD

Medical Director, Health Informatics

Additional Information

Specialty: Clinical Informatics, Pediatrics

Venugopal Mudgundi, MPH, MD

Medical Director, Health Informatics

Additional Information

Specialty: Clinical Informatics, Hospitalist

Why Rochester?

The Greater Rochester area, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is a truly unique place to live and work. Rochester’s urban arts, entertainment and dining venues are complemented by surrounding suburban, rural and lakefront communities. This results in a wealth of options for work and play.

Contact Us

Clinical Informatics Fellowship Program

For additional information or inquiries, please contact:

Casi Brew
Program Coordinator

Clinical Fellowship