About the Editors

Editors-in-Chief

Steven R. Steinhubl, M.D.
Director, Digital Medicine, Scripps Translational Science Institute
Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute;
Cardiologist, Scripps Clinic
La Jolla, California, USA

Dr. Steinhubl is the Director of Digital Medicine at the Scripps Translational Science Institute and a clinical cardiologist at Scripps Health. Prior to joining Scripps Steve was the Director of Cardiovascular Wellness and the Medical Director for Employee Wellness for the Geisinger Healthcare System. In the past, Steve has also been a Global Medical Vice-President for the Medicines Company based in Zurich Switzerland and the Director of Cardiovascular Education and Clinical Research at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. Dr. Steinhubl’s research activities have covered a broad range of topics in cardiology, with a primary early focus on trials of novel antithrombotic therapies for the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, and more recently on the application of an integrated systems-based approach to the optimal identification, communication, and treatment of an individual’s risk for various manifestations of cardiovascular disease. He has been principal investigator or helped lead over a dozen large-scale, international randomized trials. He has also written nearly 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as numerous book chapters and abstracts.

Eric J. Topol, M.D.
Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute;
Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health;
Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute;
Senior Consultant, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Scripps Clinic
La Jolla, California, USA

Voted Most Influential Physician Executive in the US in Modern Healthcare's 2012 poll, Dr. Topol is a practicing cardiologist at Scripps in La Jolla, California, and is widely credited for Cleveland Clinic's status as the leading center for heart care. There, he started a medical school; led worldwide clinical trials to advance care for heart disease, and spearheaded the discovery of genes that increase susceptibility for heart attacks. Since 2006, in La Jolla, he leads the flagship NIH supported Scripps Translational Science Institute and is a co-Founder of the West Wireless Health Institute. He also serves as Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute and Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health. His research focus is on individualized medicine, using the genome and digital technologies to understand each person at the biologic, physiologic granular level to determine appropriate therapies and prevention. He has pioneered the development of many medications that are routinely used in medical practice including t-PA, Plavix, Angiomax, and ReoPro and was the first physician to raise safety concerns on Vioxx. He has published 1100 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 medical textbooks.

Associate Editors

Santosh Kumar, PhD
Director, NIH Center of Excellence for Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K)
Professor and Lillian & Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence
Department of Computer Science, The University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Santosh Kumar is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Memphis where he holds the Lillian & Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence. His research focusses on mobile health (or mHealth). He and his students have developed computational models to infer human health and behavior such as stress, conversation, smoking, craving, and cocaine use from wearable sensor data. He leads several large multidisciplinary projects in mHealth funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). He currently leads NIH-funded national Center of Excellence on Mobile Sensor Data-to-Knowledge (MD2K) that involves over 20 scientists in computing, engineering, behavioral science, and medicine from 12 universities. He was named one of America’s ten most brilliant scientists under the age of 38 by Popular Science in 2010. In 2015, he was named Tennessee’s first chair of excellence in Computer Science.

Evan D. Muse, M.D., Ph.D., M.C.T.I.
Assistant Professor, Scripps Translational Science Institute
Cardiologist, Scripps Clinic
La Jolla, California, USA

Evan D. Muse, M.D., Ph.D., M.C.T.I., is a physician-scientist with research interests that mine the transition zone of digital medicine, genomics and cardiovascular disease. After his undergraduate studies in biochemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill he completed his medical and graduate studies as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York where he studied the connections between obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Following internship and residency in internal medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center – New York Presbyterian Hospital he completed his training in cardiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California. He joined STSI as a KL2 Scholar in 2012 and received a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation at The Scripps Research Institute. He is currently Assistant Professor at the Scripps Translational Science Institute and Cardiologist & Assistant Program Director for Research of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Scripps Clinic. 

Prof. John Rogers, PhD
Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Neurological Surgery
McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois, USA

Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989.  From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and his PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002.  He then spent thirteen years on the faculty at University of Illinois, most recently as the Swanlund Chair Professor and Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory. In 2016, he joined Northwestern University as the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine, with affiliate appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Chemistry, where he is also Director of the Center for Bio-Integrated Electronics.  He has published nearly 600 papers and is co-inventor on more than 100 patents.  His research has been recognized by many awards including a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), the Lemelson-MIT Prize (2011), and the Smithsonian Award for American Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences (2013).  He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Aenor J. Sawyer, MD, MS
Director UCSF Skeletal Health Service
Health Innovation & Technology, Orthopaedics
Asst. Clinical Professor, Dept. Orthopaedic Surgery
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California, USA

Dr. Aenor Sawyer is an expert in physical therapy and exercise physiology and provides comprehensive musculoskeletal care to pediatric and adolescent orthopedic patients. Throughout her career, Sawyer has maintained a strong research interest in childhood bone development, which she pursued as an adjunct clinical scientist at Children's Hospital of Oakland Research Institute and as the director of the Pediatric Bone Health Consortium. Her other research interests include sports injury prevention, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair and osteoporosis. In addition to her training as an orthopedic surgeon, Sawyer has a bachelor's degree in physical therapy from California State University, Fresno. After a 10-year career in physical therapy, she earned a master's degree in human physiology and a medical degree from the University of California, Davis. After completing an orthopedic surgery residency at Stanford University, Sawyer pursued fellowship training in pediatric orthopedic surgery and pediatric and adolescent sports medicine, both at the Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Orthopedic program.

Donna Spruijt-Metz, MFA, PhD
Director USC-CESR Mobile and Connected Health Program
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California, USA

Dr. Spruijt-Metz is Director of the USC mHealth Collaboratory at the University of Southern California’s Center for Economic and Social Research, and Research Professor in Psychology and Preventive Medicine. Her research focuses on childhood obesity and mobile health technologies, and she works predominantly with minority populations. Her main interests include using mobile technologies to develop data sets that combine sensor and self-report data that is temporally rich and highly contextualized. She was one of the first to undertake a just-in-time, adaptive intervention (JITAI) in youth, and envisions most or all interventions being JITAI in the future. Current projects include the Monitoring & Modeling Family Eating Dynamics (M2FED) project, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). She co-led an NSF/EU/NIH-funded workshop in Brussels on building new computationally-enabled theoretical models to support health behavior change and maintenance in 2012. In September 2016, she co-led a follow-up NSF-funded international workshop in London. Her work meshes 21st century technologies with transdisciplinary metabolic, behavioral and environmental research in order to facilitate the development of dynamic, personalized, contextualized behavioral interventions that can be adapted on the fly. She has also received the Obesity Society’s eHealth/mHealth Pioneer Award for Excellence in the Field (2015).

John B. Torous, M.D.
Co-director of the Digital Psychiatry Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School
Boston, Massachussetts, USA

John Torous, MD is co-director of the digital psychiatry program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a Harvard Medical School affiliated teaching hospital, where he also serves as a staff psychiatrist and clinical informatics fellow. He has a background in electrical engineering and computer sciences and received an undergraduate degree in the field from UC Berkeley before attending medical school at UC San Diego. He completed his psychiatry residency at Harvard. Dr. Torous is active in investigating the potential of mobile mental health technologies for psychiatry, developing smartphone tools for clinical research, leading clinical studies of smartphone apps for diverse mental illnesses, and publishing on the research, ethical, and patient perspectives of digital psychiatry. He currently leads the American Psychiatric Association’s work group on the evaluation of smartphone apps, and co-chairs the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society's Health Information Technology Committee.  ​

Jill Waalen, MD, MS, MPH
Associate Professor, The Scripps Research Institute
La Jolla, California, USA

Jill Waalen is a clinical biostatistics consultant at the Scripps Translational Science Institute. She is Board-Certified in Preventive Medicine with a concentration in Biostatistics & Epidemiology and is Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute. In addition to consulting on study design and data analysis, Dr. Waalen serves as director for several biostatistics courses focused on equipping scientists with the statistical knowledge and programming skills for enhanced analysis of their own data. Elected a Diplomat of the American Board of Preventive Medicine in 2001, Jill was awarded the B.A. degree in biology and history at Concordia College in Minnesota in 1984 and the M.S. degree in physiology at the University of Wisconsin in 1989. In 2001, she received the M.P.H., at San Diego State University. Before applying for medical school at the University of Wisconsin, from which she received the M.D. degree in 1997, she was a science and medical writer, first at the National Cancer Institute and then at the Medical College of Wisconsin. A graduate of University of California at Santa Cruz’s science communication program, she has continued to write about science. She is an author on more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and served as Deputy Editor of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2010-2013.

Robyn Whittaker, MD
Associate Director, Co-leader Health Informatics & Technology
National Institue for Health Innovation
University of Auckaland
Auckland, New Zealand

Dr. Robyn Whittaker is a Public Health Physician currently leading the innovation stream within a newly established Institute for Innovation and Improvement at Waitemata District Health Board. She leads the Leapfrog Programme of enterprise wide strategic projects, partnerships with industry and academic institutions, and a Centre for Health IT & Creative Design that works with DHB staff to develop and trial new things. Robyn is also an Associate Professor at the National Institute for Health Innovation, where she co-leads the Health Informatics and Technology research team. Her research interests are in mHealth (mobile health) – particularly designing and trialling interventions to be delivered to people via their mobile phones. These include health behaviour change interventions, and self-management programmes for long term conditions. Robyn contributes to several national and international groups including the World Health Organisation/ International Telecommunications Union’s Informal Expert Groups for the ‘Be Healthy Be Mobile’ global initiative, the NZ Telehealth Forum Leadership Group, the board of the NZ Health Innovation Hub, the management team of the MedTech Centre of Research Excellence, the editorial board for JMIR mHealth & uHealth, and is a consultant on several international research projects.