Data Scientist- Center for Outcomes Research

Houston Methodist

  • Houston, TX
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 3 months ago
Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - F
Job Summary

Houston Methodist (HM) is looking for a passionate and driven data scientist to join the Center for Outcomes Research (COR) to lead and develop informatics and population health initiatives that transform healthcare in clinical domains of surgery and transplant outcomes via applying fundamental and advanced principles of data science and big data analytics. The Data Scientist will have a proven track record of being able to plan strategic initiatives and forecast challenges in implementation of big data management strategies; and perform thorough, detail oriented, meaningful and impactful analyses and lead / direct data cleaning, curation, and quality control of complex data systems. The individual will be responsible for the implementation and maintenance of extract, transform and load (ETL) solutions for real-time healthcare big data, which may include advanced data management approaches such as stream processing, feature engineering, and anomaly detection. The data scientist should leverage the information in HM enterprise data warehouses and the Epic® electronic medical record, aggregate national representative datasets under the guidance of the Co and Associate directors of COR as well as Division Chief of Healthcare Informatics. Responsibilities may include application development, implementing advanced data processing applications to identify potentially anomalous data, implementing algorithms for feature engineering related to medical imaging, patient monitoring, and laboratory testing. May also build new tools to automate workflows and work with researchers and IT personnel to implement advanced analytic algorithms within production healthcare IT systems. Ideal candidate will have higher-level experience in database and analytical tools such as SQL, Python, R, and STATA. This position requires excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate with colleagues and communicate effectively with clinicians, leadership and other stakeholders. The position promotes and supports system and department specific ICARE values.


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PEOPLE (15%) * Manages client relationships as assigned, by leading the delivery of innovative strategies and solutions for our clients (EF).
  • Presents project progresses and results to the stakeholders.
  • Reports to Co-Director for the Center for Outcomes Research.
FINANCE (10%) * Applies good fiscal management practices
  • Manages the continuous improvement of clinical and operational data and analytics.
QUALITY/SAFETY (20%) * Be knowledgeable on clinical data quality issues and assurance as well as patient privacy and data security and compliance.
  • Documents the project requirements and results on a timely basis.
SERVICE (35%) * Drives the data analytics insights across the hospital system.
  • Drives the execution of multiple analytical plans and projects.
  • Identify data elements within the clinical/health databases for analytics and decision supports.
GROWTH/INNOVATION (20%) * Consults with clinicians and hospital staff regarding process improvement, delivery of best outcomes, decision supports, data insights and recommendations.
  • Translates the findings into viable informatics solutions that can be implemented with the clinicians, hospital administration, and other stakeholders.
  • Obtain and maintain Epic® certification on one or both tracks (clinical and/or financial) for the Epic data model implemented in Clarity® and Caboodle®. (at COR expense)
  • Obtain and maintain HM Power User certification/credentials and demonstrate compliance and a strong working knowledge of the information policies and procedures governing the use of health care data within the HM organization.
  • Maintain a strong working knowledge base of statistics and statistical methodology.
This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


Master's Degree in Computer Science, Clinical Informatics, Public Health Administration, Business Administration, or Engineering, or an MD with experience in Computing, Informatics, and Statistics.


At least 4 years of experience in data analytics and/or database management in a healthcare organization.



  • Experience with clinical settings and healthcare administration.
  • Experience with statistical, database and algorithm modeling preferred.
  • Experience in process mapping and analytics.
  • Experience on decision support methodology and advanced analytics.
  • Experience of clinical/health data integration in a health care IT environment.
  • Great communications skills, both verbal and written English is a must - especially as it pertains to communicating complicated technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders. (Please provide a technical writing sample demonstrating mastery of technical communication skills).
  • Proven interaction skills with clinicians and hospital administrators.
  • Proven interaction skills with clinicians and hospital administrators.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with, physicians and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles.
  • Proven proficiency with common analytical tools and software packages (examples include: Microsoft Office® suite (Excel, Access, Word and Power Point, BI Power Builder), statistical packages (e.g. STATA, SPSS, R, SAS, etc.))

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Company Profile

Houston Methodist Research Institute was formed in 2004 to rapidly and efficiently translate discoveries made in the laboratory and the clinic into new diagnostics, therapies and treatments. The research institute was created to provide the infrastructure and support for these endeavors, and to house the technology and resources needed to make innovative breakthroughs in important areas of human disease. A 540,000 square foot building dedicated to research, the research institute houses over 1,500 staff and trainees, 277 principal investigators and has more than 840 ongoing clinical trials.

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