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Warren A. Kibbe, Ph.D.

Warren A. Kibbe, Ph.D., is the director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) at the NCI. NCI created CBIIT to lead the coordination, development, and deployment of enterprise-wide digital capabilities (including biomedical informatics, scientific-management information systems, and computing resources) in support of the Institute's initiatives. Through CBIIT, NCI is helping to speed scientific discovery and facilitate translational research by using IT, informatics and Data Science to address complex research challenges. The ability to manage and analyze diverse, and often extremely large, collections of data — whether high-throughput genomics data, clinical data, or annotated medical images — in an integrated fashion is increasingly indispensable.

Prior to joining the NCI, Dr. Kibbe had been at Northwestern University for more than 20 years, and was most recently a professor of Health and Biomedical Informatics in the Feinberg School of Medicine and the Director of Cancer Informatics and CIO for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Kibbe received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Caltech, and was a visiting scientist at the Max Plank Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany before joining the faculty at Northwestern.

Dr. Kibbe is an active member of the open biomedical ontologies community, part of the Gene Ontology Consortium, was a member of the CTSA Ontology Working Group, and was a founder of the open source, open access Human Disease Ontology. Dr. Kibbe was involved in the harmonization of the study calendar portions of BRIDG with the CDISC Study Data Tabulation Model standard. Dr. Kibbe was the co-PI of the NIH-funded Dictyostelium Model Organism Database dictyBase ( with Dr. Rex Chisholm serving as PI. He is a proponent of open science initiatives, and in particular open source development and open data access activities. Dr. Kibbe was also the PI of the National Children’s Study NCS Navigator Information Management Hub.

InformationWeek named Dr. Kibbe a Top 25 Innovative Healthcare CIO for 2012.