Rimma Belenkaya, M.A., M.S.
Data Modeler/Knowledge Manager
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
I am a part of the Knowledge Management and Innovation team at the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Department of Health Informatics. I specialize in semantic and relational modeling of bio-medical information, data integration and standardization, interoperability, and data quality assurance. My current focus is on standardizing MSK metric definitions, underlying data models, and metric visualization across the institution. I am also working on mapping of MSK source data to the enterprise controlled terminology using Semantic Web technologies.
My engagement with the OHDSI community started with the PCORI-sponsored CDRN project that intended to consolidate patient records from multiple medical centers across the country for comparative effectiveness research. I worked on the adoption of the OMOP Common Data Model (CDM) as a staging model for the New York City CDRN, establishing interoperability standards between OMOP and CDRN PCORnet models, and extending the OMOP CDM to support the PCORnet use case. Results of these efforts were presented in a poster session and two panels at the 2015 AMIA Join Summits on Translational Science and 2015 OHDSI Symposium.
I continue my involvement with OHDSI by contributing to the OHDSI CDM and Vocabulary Workgroup. This year, I initiated an Oncology subgroup that aims to extend OHDSI CDM and vocabulary to represent oncology data and support cancer research based on observational data. This is a substantial effort, and we need help. If interested, please join us: http://www.ohdsi.org/web/wiki/doku.php?id=projects:workgroups:oncology-sg.
Outside of work, I am an avid traveler, skier, and cook. Also, a recent empty-nester.