NEWS | August 12, 2016

Med center appoints chief medical information officer


Jeffery Wajda has been appointed chief medical information officer for UC Davis Medical Center, the first physician to formally have that title.

The med center's new chief medical information officer, Dr. Jeff Wajda. The med center's new chief medical information officer, Dr. Jeff Wajda.

Board certified in emergency medicine, Wajda [pronounced WADE-ah] comes to UC Davis from Sutter Health System, where he was a physician executive focused on telehealth, quality and health informatics, and served as the meaningful use medical director for 24 acute-care hospitals and other clinical operations.  Wajda previously served as chief medical information officer with Asante Health System, vice president for compliance with Lynx Medical Systems, and was an informatics leader at University of Washington. 

Now at UC Davis, Wajda is responsible for the coordination, management and direction of the clinical information system within the hospital and clinics, and will emphasize the goal of maintaining state-of-the-art electronic medical records that are clinician friendly and thoughtfully configured.

“Jeff is a fantastic addition to our team, filling a gap that exists between information technology and clinical medicine,” said Doug Kirk, UC Davis Medical Center’s chief medical officer. “Having an experienced clinician in this newly official role will bring together technology expertise and clinical needs to produce more effective and efficient results.”

Wajda will work closely with Kirk and the health system’s chief information officer to oversee physician use and training with the EMR, as well as data governance to ensure patient safety and clinical quality, and to improve teaching and research.

Wajda also plans to promote awareness about the benefits that clinical information systems provide for improving patient care outcomes. He views the EMR as a vital element for data-driven decision making and transparency.    

Wajda received his medical education at Illinois’ Midwestern University and at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Wajda and his wife, Karen, recently moved to the Sacramento area from the Bay Area.  They enjoy the outdoors and look forward to becoming a part of the UC Davis Health System community. 

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the region's only Level 1 pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; and the UC Davis Children's Hospital. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For more information, visit