Kensaku Kawamoto, MHS, MD, PhD

Research Interests

  • Clinical Decision Support Systems
  • Knowledge Management
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Standards and Scalability


  • English
  • Japanese

Academic Information

  • Departments: Biomedical Informatics - Assistant Professor

Academic Office Information

  • 801-587-8076
  • Biomedical Informatics
    421 Wakara Way, Room: 140
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Kensaku Kawamoto earned both his PhD in Biomedical Engineering and MD from Duke University. He is Associate Chief Medical Information Officer, Director of Knowledge Management and Mobilization (KMM), and Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center. As a health informaticist and system architect, Dr. Kawamoto’s expertise involves leveraging his experience in health informatics, software engineering, and clinical medicine to assist with the practical and scalable use of health IT to optimize disease prevention, diagnosis, and management. He is actively engaged in the development and adoption of health IT standards, co-chairs the HL7 Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Work Group, and has expertise in CDS and knowledge management. He directs OpenCDS (, a multi-institutional, open-source initiative to enable advanced CDS at scale, and also directs the KMM Initiative at the University of Utah Health Care, which coordinates the institution’s informatics support for improving care quality and value ( Prior to joining the department in 2011, Dr. Kawamoto was an assistant professor at Duke University in Clinical Informatics. There, he developed a CDS technology known as SEBASTIAN, which has been used to support chronic disease management and population health management at several health care organizations both within and outside of the United States. “I believe one of the greatest challenges facing our nation is how to provide high-quality health care at a cost affordable by society. It is truly gratifying to work with talented colleagues from across the University and beyond to address this grand challenge of our times, with clinical informatics serving as a core enabler for the types of fundamental changes required to realize the vision of high-quality, high-value health care.”

Education History

Type School Degree
Graduate Training Duke University Allied Health Graduate Program
Clinical Research
Professional Medical Duke University School of Medicine
Doctoral Training Duke University Graduate School
Biomedical Engineering
Undergraduate Harvard University
Biochemical Sciences