Board of Directors
Science Advisory Committee


Mary Jo Deering, Ph.D, is currently Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  She provides guidance on diverse issues such as  governance of the Nationwide Health Information Network (NHIN)  and consumer eHealth.  Previously, Dr. Deering was the Director for Policy in the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology, which leads the cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG).  She also served as Lead Staff for an HHS advisory committee’s National Health Information Infrastructure Workgroup, which provided recommendations for the HHS Secretary leading to the creation of the NHIN. While serving earlier as Deputy Director for eHealth and Management in the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, she led innovative programs in consumer health informatics, including convening the first scientific panel that laid the foundations for evaluating interactive online consumer health programs.   Dr. Deering served on the Federal Communication Commission’s Advisory Committee on Telecommunications and Health Care.  Dr. Deering holds a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, an M.A. from the Institute for European Studies in Geneva, and a B.A. with honors from Smith College, U.S.A.

Institutional affiliation

Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Membership at the boards of scientific organisations in the field

Board of Directors and founding member*, Science of Information Institute, Washington, D.C.

Some Relevant Publications

Baur, C  and Deering, MJ.  Ethical Issues in Health Information Management, in  Harmon LB, ed., Ethical Challenges in the Management of Health Information. Aspen Publishers, Inc., revised edition 2006 (first published 2001).

Fischetti, L., Cromwell, T. & Deering M., Electronic Health Records,  in Saba, V & McCormick K, eds., Essentials of Nursing Informatics, 4th Edition,  McGraw-Hill, 2006.

Lumpkin, J and Deering MJ. Health Statistics and the National Health Information Infrastructure, in Friedman, DJ, Hunter, EL, and Parrish, RG eds., Health Statistics in the 21st Century: Implications for Health Policy and Practice, Oxford University Press. 2005.

Deering, MJ.  Developing the Health Information Infrastructure in the United States.  In Bushko, RG, ed., Future of Health Technology.  Amsterdam, Oxford, Washington, IOS Press, 2002.

Representative international scientific conferences

CODATA International Conference, Kiev, Ukraine, October 6, 2008 (presenter)

XiangShan International Biomedical Scientific Data Sharing Conference, Beijing, China, March 29 – 31, 2007.

US – China Roundtable on Scientific Data Cooperation, Beijing, China, October 20, 2006 (co-rapporteur for Biomedical Working Group)

CODATA International Conference, Beijing, China, October 24, 2006 (presenter).

European Union Workshop on Meta-data and Health Information Quality.  Brussels, Belgium, September 12, 2002

World Congress on Medicine and Health, Hannover, Germany, August 20, 2000 (invited plenary speaker on consumer eHealth)

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(*) Dr. Deering participates in the Science of Information Institute on a personal basis. Her participation does not represent an endorsement by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or any other government agency.

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