Robert A. Jenders, MD
Title Professor
Institution Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Department Internal Medicine
School College of Medicine
Address 1731 E. 120th Street, Building N

Telephone (323) 249-5734
Fax (323) 249-5726
Robert A. Jenders, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI joined the faculty of Charles Drew University (CDU) as Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of its Center for Biomedical Informatics as well as rejoined the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in September, 2012. His research broadly addresses the domain of clinical decision support, with a focus on knowledge representation and health information technology standards in the context of electronic health record systems. A general internist and fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics, he also provides clinical care and teaches in the graduate medical education program at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Outside of his home institutions, Dr. Jenders has served since 1998 as co-chair of the clinical decision support work group of Health Level Seven (HL7), the principal international standards development organization for health information technology. He is a co-author of Improving Outcomes with Clinical Decision Support, which was named 2005 Book of the Year by the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). An expanded second edition of the book was published in 2012. Pursuant to his research in clinical decision support systems, Dr. Jenders served as technology chair of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee's Workgroup on Immunization Registries in 1998-1999, contributing to its national action plan for registries. He also served as a member of a workgroup of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) that produced a practice brief regarding computer-assisted coding. Dr Jenders has served as a member of a workgroup of the California Healthcare Foundation, studying laboratory data exchange, in addition to service as a workgroup member of the Certifying Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT). He has been a member of the scientific program committees of the premier scientific meetings of medical informatics in the USA: the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium and the AMIA Spring Congress. He has served further as a member of the technology leadership committee of the National Alliance for Health Information Technology and also has served as a member of Terms Standardization workgroup appointed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. He is an editor of the clinical informatics subspecialty preparation examination being produced by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He has been an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally, including at major conferences in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Korea, New Zealand and Taiwan. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Computers in Healthcare. He has served further as a reviewer for major journals in the discipline of Biomedical Informatics, including the International Journal of Medical Informatics and the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, and he has published in numerous journals and conference proceedings. A native of Milwaukee, Dr. Jenders received a BS degree in computer science from Marquette University and the MD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also completed internship and residency in medicine. He went on to serve as clinical and research fellow in medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, completing a National Library of Medicine fellowship in medical informatics at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology. He concurrently completed the MS degree in computer science at Northeastern University. Upon completion of training, Dr. Jenders served as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. He went on to serve as Associate Professor and Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles while he was a member of the faculty of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Subsequently he served as a staff scientist at the National Library of Medicine, US National Institutes of Health and as attending staff physician at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC before returning to Los Angeles to assume positions at CDU and UCLA. For additional information, see the UCLA home page of Dr Jenders =>
Education & Training
NIH Awarded Grants
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1. Jenders RA. Evaluation of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Standard for Representation of Knowledge Bases Encoded in the Arden Syntax. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2019 Aug 21; 264:1692-1693.
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2. Adlassnig KP, Haug P, Jenders RA. Arden Syntax: Then, now, and in the future. Artif Intell Med. 2018 11; 92:1-6.
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3. Jenders RA. Evaluation of SNOMED CT as a Reference Terminology for Standardized Data Queries in the Arden Syntax. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2017; 245:1326.
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4. Jenders RA, Adlassnig KP, Fehre K, Haug P. Evolution of the Arden Syntax: Key Technical Issues from the Standards Development Organization Perspective. Artif Intell Med. 2018 11; 92:10-14.
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5. Mukherjee S, Jenders RA, Delta S. Designing an Innovative Data Architecture for the Los Angeles Data Resource (LADR). Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015; 216:1055.
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6. Jenders RA. Utility of Arden Syntax for Representation of Fuzzy Logic in Clinical Quality Measures. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015; 216:1096.
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7. George S, Moran E, Duran N, Jenders RA. Using animation as an information tool to advance health research literacy among minority participants. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013; 2013:475-84.
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8. Jenders RA. Empirical analysis of knowledge bases to support structured output in the Arden syntax. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013; 192:1058.
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9. Mukherjee S, Martins D, Norris KC, Jenders RA. A biomedical information system for retrieval and manipulation of NHANES data. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013; 192:1148.
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10. Kawamoto K, Jacobs J, Welch BM, Huser V, Paterno MD, Del Fiol G, Shields D, Strasberg HR, Haug PJ, Liu Z, Jenders RA, Rowed DW, Chertcoff D, Fehre K, Adlassnig KP, Curtis AC. Clinical information system services and capabilities desired for scalable, standards-based, service-oriented decision support: consensus assessment of the Health Level 7 clinical decision support Work Group. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012; 2012:446-55.
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11. Kawamoto K, Del Fiol G, Lobach DF, Jenders RA. Standards for scalable clinical decision support: need, current and emerging standards, gaps, and proposal for progress. Open Med Inform J. 2010; 4:235-44.
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12. Stanfill MH, Williams M, Fenton SH, Jenders RA, Hersh WR. A systematic literature review of automated clinical coding and classification systems. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2010 Nov-Dec; 17(6):646-51.
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13. Wright A, Phansalkar S, Bloomrosen M, Jenders RA, Bobb AM, Halamka JD, Kuperman G, Payne TH, Teasdale S, Vaida AJ, Bates DW. Best Practices in Clinical Decision Support: the Case of Preventive Care Reminders. Appl Clin Inform. 2010; 1(3):331-345.
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14. Herbst J, Jenders R, McKenna R, Marchevsky A. Evidence-based criteria to help distinguish metastatic breast cancer from primary lung adenocarcinoma on thoracic frozen section. Am J Clin Pathol. 2009 Jan; 131(1):122-8.
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15. Jenders RA, Jenders RA, Del Fiol G, Kawamoto K, Sailors RM. Standards in clinical decision support: activities in health level seven. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 06; 1244-5.
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16. Jenders RA. Suitability of the Arden Syntax for representation of quality indicators. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2008 Nov 06; 991.
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17. Jenders RA, Osheroff JA, Sittig DF, Pifer EA, Teich JM. Recommendations for clinical decision support deployment: synthesis of a roundtable of medical directors of information systems. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11; 359-63.
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18. Jenders RA. Standards in health information technology: promise and challenges. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2007 Oct 11; 1179-80.
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19. Jenders RA. Classification of psychiatric disorders. JAMA. 2005 Oct 19; 294(15):1899; author reply 1899-900.
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20. Teich JM, Osheroff JA, Pifer EA, Sittig DF, Jenders RA. Clinical decision support in electronic prescribing: recommendations and an action plan: report of the joint clinical decision support workgroup. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2005 Jul-Aug; 12(4):365-76.
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21. Jenders RA, Sailors RM. Convergence on a standard for representing clinical guidelines: work in health level seven. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2004; 107(Pt 1):130-4.
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22. Jenders RA, Corman R, Dasgupta B. Making the standard more standard: a data and query model for knowledge representation in the Arden syntax. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2003; 323-30.
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23. Jenders RA, Dasgupta B. Challenges in implementing a knowledge editor for the Arden Syntax: knowledge base maintenance and standardization of database linkages. Proc AMIA Symp. 2002; 355-9.
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Funding Opportunities

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  • Decision Support Systems, Clinical

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  • Natural Language Processing

  • Terminology as Topic

  • Expert Systems

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