Beginning Nov. 1, UAB Department of Neurosurgery Business Officer Michel Thomas, MSHI, will assume a new role as quality outcomes analyst. This position will support the Department of Neurosurgery, the Department of Otolaryngology and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Thomas will serve as a resource to the three departments by obtaining quality data and assisting with quality improvement projects. First-year goals for this position include developing and providing quality reports and benchmarks to faculty.

This position will work in collaboration with the UAB Hospital Quality Team.

“I have a very close and personal connection to UAB and patient care,” said Thomas, who had a blood clot removed from his brain two years ago by his colleagues in the Department of Neurosurgery. “With my passion for data and knowing firsthand what a patient experiences, I feel it is very important that providers have the information they need to make decisions regarding the quality of care they are providing.”

Growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, Thomas has worked for The University of Alabama at Birmingham since he was 19. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UAB in 2012 and completed the UAB Medicine Quality Academy in 2015. This year, Thomas received his master’s degree in health informatics from UAB while continuing to work as a business officer in the Department of Neurosurgery. In January 2020, Thomas will begin pursuit of a Master of Science in Analytics degree with a concentration in computational data and analytical tools from the Georgia Institute of Technology where he will focus his thesis project on the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to predict surgical outcomes.