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Work experience

Sep 2007Present

Manager, Biomedical Imaging

Nationwide Childrens Hospital

* Manage and lead clinical, technical and informatics staff for effective operations of a biospecimen repository for two national cooperative cancer groups* Responsible for administrating and directing staff from multiple business units including informatics, patient registration, data entry and specimen procurement* Work with cooperative group, hospital and research information technology teams to integrate software applications * Facilitate business processes by researching and reviewing new technologies such as RFID, barcoding, field-programmable gate array, voice recognition, Scrum, Agile Development and Web Services* Define new systems architectures and facilitate the design, custom development and integration of these solutions with other information technology applications* Develop and enforce policies and procedures following industry best practices* Partner with a multidisciplinary team to develop image analysis algorithms and improve image processing techniques utilizing high-performance computing environments* Facilitate customer relations by partnering with Children’s Oncology Group (COG) and Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) Information Technology and Pathology Leadership * Perform UNIX administration of a 10 terabyte digital pathology Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) system located at the Ohio Supercomputer Center 

Jan 2007Sep 2007

Senior Systems Consultant

The Ohio State University Medical Center

* Developed, integrated and maintained clinical applications at a large academic medical hospital

* Lead workflow development, implementation, design and evaluation of clinical systems

* Partnered with medical center leadership as well as clinical, administrative and information technology staff to develop and integrate healthcare technologies

* Provided support for inpatient clinical applications and ambulatory electronic medical record solutions

* Provided additional ancillary knowledge by participating in the Radiology and Laboratory validation and resolution sessions as part of the Outpatient Electronic Medical Record project

Nov 2003Jan 2007

Information Specialist

Columbus Children's Hospital

* Partnered with customers and vendors to provide technology solutions to facilitate research

* Assisted with selection, installation and support of information systems

* Designed, architected, and implemented a custom digital PACS pathology review system utilized by expert pathologists to facilitate biorepository management and translational research for use among the Children’s Oncology and Gynecologic Oncology Groups

* Trained, educated, and instructed users on features, operation, and usage of software systems

* Served as liaison by interacting with clinicians and system developers

* Managed external vendors to assure reliable services to clients

* Managed and coordinated efforts involving both clinical personnel and systems development personnel to complete multiple projects as scheduled and budgeted

Feb 2003Nov 2003

Clinical Application Specialist

Columbus Children's Hospital
*Provided end-user support to clinicians using all components of the electronic medical record *Provided direction to clinicians in identification of information systems needs *Participated in software problem identification and validate end-users issues  *Participated in problem resolution and education of end-users *Assisted with the design of end-user training materials/manuals *Communicated with ancillary departments to coordinate enhancements, resolve operational problems, and improve operational quality of the system *Assisted in planning and implementation of research and quality assessment and improvement processes *Provide computer hardware support as needed to the end-users
19952002

Medical Laboratory Technician (ASCP)

Adena Health System

* Conducted tests for use in diagnosis and treatment of disease in all areas of the clinical laboratory

* Utilized a Meditech Laboratory Information System (LIS) to order, receive and verify tests, standards and quality control in the clinical laboratory

* Created and/or updated laboratory policies, procedures, and training modules

* Performed all preventative maintenance instrumentation used in the laboratory

Jun 1993Jun 2001

Sr. Laboratory Technician

United States Enrichment Corporation
*Performed duties in the technical services division to assist with process control, product customer specifications, special sampling requests, and related activities *Completed over 160 hours of training in areas such as General Employee Radiation Training, Level II Radiation Worker, Nuclear Criticality Awareness, Nuclear Criticality Stand Down, and Emergency Preparedness *Used a Laboratory Information System (LIS) to detect trends and monitor quality control *Assisted with the development of a lab specific program now used for data entry, calculations, internal controls, and reporting results 

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Certifications

1993Present

Medical Laboratory Technician

American Society of Clinical Pathologists
20092010

EpicCare Ambulatory, 2008 New Version Training

Epic Systems Corporation
20082009

EpicCare Ambulatory, 2007 New Version Training

Epic Systems Corporation
20072008

EpicCare Ambulatory Spring 2006

Epic Systems Corporation

Publications

Thomas Barr, Michael Cibull, David Billiter, Sandra Brewer-Swartz, Stephen Qualman, MD. Formative Evaluation of Virtual Microscopy for Tissue Quality Control Purposes. Arch Path Lab Med 130, June 2006:891.

T.J. Barr, H. Bao, W. Beyer, D.M. Billiter, S. Brewer, and S.J. Qualman. Automation of Virtual Microscopy for Tissue Quality Control Purposes. Cell Preservation Technology, September 2006:211-232. N.C. Ramirez, T.J. Barr and D.M. Billiter. Utilizing virtual microscopy for quality control review. Dis Markers 2007; 23(5-6)456-466.

T Barr, D Billiter and J Bowen. Establishing an Infrastructure for Digital Pathology in a Tissue Bank Facility. Cell Preservation Technology, June 2008: 167.

Plaskow, Mark Edward, Nicol, Kathy, Billiter, Dave; Barr, Thomas. Breakthrough in Image Analysis Software for Cancer Research. Arch Path Lab Med 133, July 2009:1164.

Thomas J Barr, Kathy Nicol, MD; David Billiter, Mark Plaskow “System for Laboratory Image Management (SLIM) to Facilitate Digital Pathology for multiple Cooperative Cancer Groups at the Biopathology Center” Arch Path Lab Med 133, July 2009:1158T Barr, K Nicol, G Wiet "Nationwide Children’s Physicians and Researchers Using Virtual Technology to Improve Patient Care" Pediatric Directions 2009; Spring 2 – 9.

T Barr, K Nicol, D Billiter, K Wohlever, P Baker and V Prasad “Utility of VIPER (Virtual Imaging for Pathology, Education Research) in Continuing Medical Education and Slide Surveys” Modern Pathology (Accepted, not yet in print)

Professional Associations

2008-present, Subject Matter Expert - Information Technology, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Small Animal Imaging Facility (SAIF) Oversight Committee

2007 - present - Member, International Society for Biologic and Environmental Repositories (ISBER)

2007-present Associate Member, Bioinformatics Organization

2005 - present Participant, National Cancer Institute Cancer Bioinformatics Grid (caBIG) , The In Vivo (IMAG) and the Tissue Banks & Pathology Tools (TBPT) Workspaces

2003-present Associate Member - Information Technology, The Children’s Oncology Group

2003-present Member - Administration, The Gynecologic Oncology Group

1993-present Member, The American Society for Clinical Pathology

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Presentations

2009/02: "Healthcare & Information Technology 2.0", Invited Speaker, Wittenberg University

2008/10: APIII Conference Research Informatics Core Image Analyzer

 2008/10:         System for Laboratory Image Management (SLIM) to Facilitate Digital Pathology for multiple Cooperative Cancer Groups at the Biopathology Center

2008 “Virtual Microscope to Microarray”, Invited Speaker, Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics, Toledo, OH

 2008“Careers in Biomedical Research and Information Technology”, Invited Guest Speaker, Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH

2007/10“Image Analysis and Processing of Whole Slide Images”, Invited Guest Speaker, Pathology Department Meeting, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

2007/10 “The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Center for Childhood Cancer Bioinformatics Group”, Invited Speaker, Pathology Visions Conference, San Diego, CA

2006/05“Automation of Virtual Microscopy for Tissue Quality Control Purposes”, Conference Presenter, International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Annual Meeting, Bethesda, MD

2004“Virtual Microscopy”,Guest Speaker, Society for Pediatric Pathology  Spring  Meeting , Little Rock, AR

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