Dr. Tom Karson Named Director of Research Computing and Deputy Chief Information Officer at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University


Oct 8, 2008—(North Brunswick, NJ)—Ross University School of Medicine graduate Dr. Tom Karson was recently named director of research computing and deputy chief information officer at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. In this new role, he will oversee the research informatics and computational needs of the faculty at Einstein and direct all information technology functions in support of Yeshiva’s research efforts.

Dr. Karson, who is also a practicing cardiologist, has been at the forefront of health care computing for nearly a quarter century. He credits Ross University for helping him to develop the drive and independence to be a trailblazer in his field and an advocate for change, in addition to helping him develop the perseverance and tenacity he needed to make his dreams a reality.

Dr. Karson received his bachelor’s degree from Harvey Mudd College before graduating from Ross University School of Medicine in 1984. He then completed an internship in internal medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Harvard Medical School, and a residency in internal medicine at Loyola University.

After completing fellowships in cardiology and critical care at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, he began his professional career at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. There he worked as an assistant staff member in cardiology, serving both the non-invasive imaging section and the attending clinical cardiologist. He then went on to complete a fellowship in medical informatics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Karson has led several state-of-the-art projects in electronic medical records, clinical and business applications and digital imaging at major health care organizations including the aforementioned institutions as well as Massachusetts General Hospital, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Continuum Health Partners, where he was most recently chief medical information officer. In addition, Dr. Karson also developed LaunchPad, an innovative medical graphical user interface that is widely used within the health care industry.

Dr. Karson will put his experience and reputation as an innovator to good use at Einstein, where he will help develop and implement the College’s vision for research information management as well as the computational needs for the genomic and imaging technologies used in basic, clinical and translational applications. In addition, Dr. Karson will continue to practice and teach cardiology.

About Ross University School of Medicine

Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, with a new clinical education center scheduled to open in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in January 2009. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts.

The first four semesters of pre-clinical training are taught in Dominica over a 16-month period.  Students complete their fifth semester, Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine, in Miami, Florida, Saginaw, Michigan or Dominica. Semesters six through ten consist of core and elective clinical rotations in U.S. affiliated teaching hospitals. Ross University graduates are eligible to practice medicine in all 50 U.S. states and 10 provinces of Canada upon successful completion of the requisite licensing examinations.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or call 732.509.4600.