Paul A Harris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Director, Office of Research Informatics
2525 West End Avenue, Suite 674
Phone Number: 
(615) 322-6688
Fax Number: 
(615) 343-2979
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Dr. Harris is an associate professor of biomedical informatics and biomedical engineering who has approximately 15 years' experience working in research informatics in the GCRC and CTSA programs. Dr. Harris has extensive experience in the field of clinical research informatics and patient-oriented research. Since coming to Vanderbilt in 1999, he has directed the Informatics Core in the Vanderbilt General Clinical Research Center and now leads the Office of Research Informatics. He earned his doctorate in Biomedical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1996 and he has been very active in the national GCRC and CTSA informatics communities. Dr. Harris is interested in problems associated with: 1) novel strategies for data collection, analysis and dissemination in patient-oriented and translational research; 2) noninvasive methods for determination of physiological properties; and 3) software collaboration and dissemination models. Dr. Harris' technical teams in the Office of Research Informatics have responsibility for supporting the clinical and translational research enterprise at Vanderbilt University. He also serves as faculty lead for two large-scale software development/dissemination projects - REDCap ( and ResearchMatch (