Dr Muhammad Walji is the Associate Dean for Technology Services and Informatics and Associate Professor of Diagnostic and Biomedical Sciences at the UTHealth School of Dentistry. His research interests are focused on using informatics approaches in improving the quality and safety of oral health.
He serves as the Principal Investigator of an NIDCR funded study titled “Developing a Patient Safety System for Dentistry” whose goal is to identify adverse events in dentistry. He also serves as co-investigator on two additional NIDCR grants focused on the development and dissemination of a standardized dental diagnostic terminology called the EZCodes. He also leads a multi-institutional team that has developed the BigMouth Dental Data Repository, which currently contains data on over 1 million patients derived from EHRs from 5 dental schools. BigMouth is currently available to faculty, residents and students to conduct oral health research.
Dr Walji also collaborates with the UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics, where he serves as the Associate Director at the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare (NCCD). The center, seeks to support improvements in the quality, safety and efficiency of health care through advanced information technology. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, Health Information Management Systems Society, American Dental Education Association and the Consortium for Oral Health Research and Informatics.