NCI's Kibbe Named DCI's Chief Data Officer

Warren Kibbe, PhD, has been named chief data officer for Duke Cancer Institute. Kibbe, who has served since 2013 as director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT) at the National Cancer Institute, will take up the position in mid-August. He has also accepted an appointment as chief of the Division of Translational Biomedical Informatics in the Duke University School of Medicine Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics.

A recognized national leader in biomedical informatics and data sharing, Kibbe has been instrumental in efforts to speed scientific discovery and facilitate translational research by using IT, informatics and data science to address complex research challenges. At the NCI, his responsibilities included defining and implementing the NCI Data Commons and laying out a vision for a National Cancer Research Data Ecosystem. He was instrumental in establishing the NCI’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), which is aimed at defining and developing the next generation of high performance computing architectures to address important questions in cancer biology, treatment, development of resistance in patients, and understanding outcomes. Most recently, Kibbe played a pivotal role in coordinating the data sharing scientific components of the Cancer Moonshot initiative.

Prior to joining the NCI, Kibbe was a professor of Health and Biomedical Informatics in the Feinberg School of Medicine and director of Cancer Informatics and CIO for the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. InformationWeek named Kibbe a Top 25 Innovative Healthcare CIO for 2012. In 2017, he was recognized by FedHealthIT as one of the ‘Top 100 Executives and Leaders’ in federal healthcare IT. Kibbe received his PhD from Caltech and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Max-Planck-Institute in Göttingen, Germany.