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Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, Ph.D.

Assistant Vice President
Academic Office Location:
Academic IT Services
UConn Health
Farmington, CT 06032

Academic IT Services

Dr. Khamis Abu-Hasaballah is Assistant Vice President for Academic IT. He leads the Academic Information Services (AITS) team within central IT to support students and faculty in the Medical, Dental, and Graduate Schools at UConn Health. He also leads Research IT Services to provide boutique services and portfolio management to the research community.

Prior to his current role, he served as the AVP for Research IT in the Office of the Vice President for Research at UConn, including the regional campuses and UConn Health. There he charted and led the implementation of a 21st century Research IT strategy aimed at transforming research administration by creating the infrastructure and tools necessary to meet the needs of the Grant  Management and Research Compliance Offices while lowering the administrative barriers to faculty and researchers.

He also served as Director of the Informatics Core in the General Clinical Research Center (an NIH funded clinical research organization) from 2001-2008. During his tenure there, he established the Core, which grew to include three full-time employees supporting over one hundred and fifty clinical research studies. Among his accomplishments were the establishment of the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) – an automated telephone interviewing system - and the development of the Research Adverse Events and Management system, which was mandated as the sole vehicle for reporting and tracking adverse events related to clinical research studies. Other prior appointments include serving as a technical lead and project manager in Research Computing Support and Data Analyst in the Balance and Gait Laboratory.

DiplomaUnited World College - USAIB Diploma
B.S.Trinity CollegePhysics; Mechanical Engineering
M.S.Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D.University of ConnecticutBiomedical Engineering
CertificateAMIA 10X10 @ OHSUBiomedical Informatics

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Exceptional Reviewer Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
Community Peace AwardCity of New Britain, CT

Course Title: Principles of Clinical and Translational Research

Module Title:
Computerized Data Management

Learning Objectives:
- Understand the research study data management cycle. - Learn key data management principles and best practices. - Become familar with data management tools and concepts (CRF, RDBMS, data entry & checking tools, data security,etc.). - Learn how to design effective questionnaires using different question types. - Learn how to communicate effectively with IS personnel.

Required Reading: Book Title: Designing Clinical Research (Third Edition) Chapter Title: Chapter 15 – Designing Questionnaires & Interviews and Chapter 16 - Data Management Editors: Stephen B. Hulley, et al. Publisher: Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

Suggested Reading:
1. Reading 1 (Book Available in UCHC Bookstore) Topic: Overview of Biomedical Data Book Title: Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine (Third Edition) Chapter Title: Chapter 2 - Biomedical Data: Their Acquistion, Storage, and Use Editors: Edward Shortliffe and James and Cimino. Publisher: Springer Science, 2006 Reading 2 (Internet) Topic: Biomedical Data Security Book Title: For the Record: Protecting Electronic Health Information Publisher: Washington DC: National Academy Press, 1997

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Journal of Medical SystemProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational20122012
Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug SafetyProfessional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational2010
American Medical Informatics AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational2007
Journal of Biomedical Informatics Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational20052011
Association of GCRC Systems ManagersProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational20012008
Scientific Advisory Committee of the General Clinical Research CenterAdvisory CommitteeEx-officio MemberUConn HealthUniversity20012008
Biomedical Engineering Alliance for Connecticut (BEACON)Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalRegional19971999
Biomedical Engineering SocietyProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational19931997

Research IT Services supports a wide array of services and is a key player in shaping the future of research at the University of Connecticut. We have embarked on a bold initiative to modernize and boost our portfolio of software solutions in an effort to reduce the administrative burdens on our researchers and make it easier for them to access and monitor their research activity and information. Sample transformative projects include:

(1) High Speed Network. In collaboration with Enterprise IT, HPC IT, conceptualized, designed, and created the Bioscience Connecticut Research Network (BCTRN) to support high performance computing (HPC) and high speed (100GB) connectivity between UConn Storrs and UConn Health and other institution on Internet II.

(2) Enterprise Research Administration, including online grant management, human subject protocol submission and management, animal subject protocol submission and management, animal care facility management, effort reporting & commitment, environmental health & safety training and inspections, financial conflict of interest, and cross-campus data harmonization and analytics.

(3) Comprehensive Faculty Activity Registry is a homegrown application created to enable faculty to manage their CVs centrally. The system covers all aspects of an academic CV (education, teaching, pubs, grants, biography, membership on committees and professional/scientific organizations, etc.). The system enables faculty to generate a Biosketch specifically formatted for NIH grants; (2) a faculty/physician/dentist directories (, and (3) a template to generate the SOM's annual merit plan (AMP).

Journal Articles

Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Clinical Research Tools at the UConn Health CenterTalkConnecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (CICATS)2013Farmington, CT
21st Century Learning: Science Fiction or Reality?TalkUConn Health Center2012Farmington, CT
Comprehensive Faculty Activity Registry (CFAR) Stephen Bayley M.S. and Khamis Abu-Hasaballah, Ph.D. PosterAAMC Annual Meeting2011Denver, CO
University of Connecticut Study And Recruitment Registry (UConn STARR) TalkHartford Hospital Research Symposium2009Hartford, CT