For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — Amit Acharya has been named executive director of the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MCRI). He is the founding director of the Center for Oral and Systemic Health — formerly known as Institute for Oral and Systemic Health — and currently chief dental informatics officer for Family Health Center of Marshfield Inc.
Acharya has been a researcher at MCRI the past eight years and is well-regarded throughout the U.S. on his expertise with dental informatics. He conducts original research aimed at developing, implementing, and evaluating clinical information systems in biomedical and dental informatics and the oral-systemic relationship between periodontal and systemic disease like diabetes, cardiovascular, and respiratory diseases.
“I am excited about the new challenges this role brings and opportunities to continue integration of research and the clinical care delivery within our health system,” Acharya said. “I look forward to better integrating our research enterprise to function as part of the Learning Health System there by creating value for not only the patients and communities that we serve but also the passionate people who work within our health system to deliver high quality care.”
In addition to his research, Acharya has played an active role in securing over $5 million in extramural funding to conduct independent research in oral health informatics, oral-systemic, and dental-craniofacial research.
“Dr. Acharya is not only passionate about health science research but has demonstrated an uncanny ability to integrate and leverage the essential components of the health system in founding the Institute for Oral and Systemic Health, one of its kind in the nation,” said Marshfield Clinic Executive Director Dr. Narayana Murali. “Dr. Acharya is humble, listens intently to the thoughts of his peers, and is the perfect fit to lead our scientists and clinical researchers as we continue to work on meaningful translational work that improves quality of life for our patients and patients around the world.”
Acharya will play an integral role in driving the commitment and mission of the MCRI, which focuses on clinical research, agricultural health and safety, epidemiology, human genetics, biomedical informatics, oral and systemic health, and integrated laboratory services topics along with approximately 450 clinical trials and other projects that are active at any one time.