Institutional Service Award
Professor of Internal Medicine
Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the UT Southwestern Health System
Dr. Willett’s contributions to UT Southwestern run deep. Not only is he a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Cardiology, specializing in general and noninvasive cardiology, he also serves as Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the UT Southwestern Health System, leveraging electronic records to more rapidly develop specialty patient registries and clinical decision support for physicians and patients.
The list of committees he has led and served on over his career is impressive, including the Health System Information Resources Committee (co-Chair), Health System Electronic Health Record Committee (Chair), Hospital Medical Executive Committee, and Ambulatory Services Committee. He also helped develop information systems and databases for the groundbreaking Dallas Heart Study.
After completing his cardiology fellowship at UT Southwestern, Dr. Willett earned a Master of Science degree in information systems from Drexel University and a Master of Science in health care management from UT Dallas. His behind-the-scenes efforts to innovate and organize UT Southwestern’s data warehouse have been visionary and will benefit the organization and UTSW’s patients for decades to come.
Despite his long list of credentials and contributions, Dr. Willett is humble and sincere, always finding time to mentor new informaticists and cultivate the growth of this new cadre of specialists within UT Southwestern.
In his words: “This award evokes particular gratitude because it really represents collaborative work produced by multiple teams I’ve been privileged to join. Practicing informatics at UT Southwestern offers the opportunity to work closely with so many creative, bright, and dedicated individuals from all areas of the organization – faculty and staff alike. I’m thankful every day that I get to team up with colleagues like these on challenging projects – it’s a joy.”