Azra Bihorac, M.D., MS FCCM, FASN
Senior Associate Dean For Research Affairs At The University Of Florida College Of Medicine; Professor Of Medicine, Surgery And Anesthesiology; Director, Intelligent Critical Care Center
About Azra Bihorac
I grew up in a region of northern Bosnia known for a disease called Balkan endemic nephropathy, or BEN, which causes kidney failure. My career in nephrology really began from wanting to help people from my home town suffering from kidney ailments.
I am the senior associate dean of the Office of Research in the University of Florida College of Medicine. I am also the R. Glenn Davis Professor of Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology and Physiology & Functional Genomics, and director of the Intelligent Critical Care Center IC3 at UF. IC3 is a multidisciplinary center focused on developing and providing sustainable support and leadership for transformative medical AI research, education, and clinical applications to advance patients’ health in critical and acute care medicine. The center uses the extensive repository of clinical and research data from UF Health, one of Florida’s largest health care systems, to support unprecedented, world-leading artificial intelligence research and innovation for transforming the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment for critically and acutely ill patients.
My vision is to develop tools for intelligent human-centered health care that delivers optimized care tailored to a patient’s “personal clinical profile” using digital data. Through my work in national and international professional organizations in nephrology and critical care medicine, I advocated for women physicians and scientists, promoting their equality and recognition in health care leadership, research and education. With the help of patients and providers alike, I believe we can create medical AI that is trustworthy and ethical.
I earned my medical degree at the University of Sarajevo School of Medicine in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Then, I completed my nephrology fellowship, internal medicine residency and critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Florida. Finally, I earned my Master of Science in clinical science at UF in 2011.
I have over 200 peer-reviewed articles with more than 10,000 citations. In addition to my research, I have received notable awards from the Society of Critical Care Medicine and funding from the National Institutes of Health since 2010.
In my free time, I like hanging out with my family, reading and having discussions with my book club and traveling, nationally and internationally.
Clinical InformaticsAmerican Board of Preventive Medicine
Critical Care MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
Internal MedicineAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
NephrologyAmerican Board of Internal Medicine
Neurocritical CareUnited Council of Neurological Subspecialty
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