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November 2014

Dr. Jessica Ancker Is Promoted to Associate Professor


Jessica Ancker, MPH, PhD

Congratulations to Jessica Ancker, MPH, PhD, who has been promoted to Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research.

After receiving an AB degree magna cum laude in history and science from Harvard University, Dr. Ancker initially pursued a career in journalism and medical writing and editing. She then earned a Master of Public Health from the department of biostatistics at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2004. She went on to complete a PhD at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2009 as a National Library of Medicine/Robert Wood Johnson Predoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Ancker joined Weill Cornell Medical College in 2009, and since 2011 she has also held a faculty position in the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Ancker uses both qualitative and quantitative methods in her research. She is a recognized expert in the field of health numeracy and patient decision-making. In addition, she conducts health information technology evaluation research, which has been published in leading journals in informatics as well as in general medical journals. She currently holds a K01 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality for a five-year series of studies on patient use of health information technology.

Dr. Ancker is also a committed educator. She co-developed and leads the Department’s Certificate Programs in health information technology and health analytics, and teaches in its Masters Program in health informatics. She has received awards for teaching excellence from both Weill Cornell Medical College and the American Medical Writers Association.


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