Teresa Zayas Caban

Dr Teresa Zayas Caban

Chief Scientist, Acting Chief of Staff, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, US Department of Health and Human Services

Dr. Teresa Zayas Cabán is Chief Scientist and Acting Chief of Staff at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC). Dr. Zayas Cabán directs the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS), which is responsible for developing and evaluating ONC’s overall scientific efforts and activities and, as necessary, develops, establishes, or recommends scientific policy to the National Coordinator. OCS leads ONC’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) activities and provides oversight of ONC’s patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) projects. As Acting Chief of Staff, Dr. Zayas Cabán assists the Acting National Coordinator in leading day-to-day operations and strategy for ONC. 

Dr. Zayas Cabán was previously the Chief of Health IT Research and Acting Director of the Division of Health IT at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). While at AHRQ she set new directions for their funding opportunities and coordinated with Federal partners such as the National Science Foundation. 

Dr. Zayas Cabán obtained her doctorate in industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in industrial engineering. While pursuing her doctoral degree, she also worked with Partners HealthCare Clinical Informatics Research and Development, Boston Children's Hospital Informatics Program, and the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC)'s Cancer Care in Massachusetts (CAMA) project. Before joining AHRQ, she served as a post-doctoral trainee in the Computation and Informatics in Biology and Medicine program in at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 



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