Moffitt Cancer Center Hires Artificial Intelligence Officer

January 28, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. J. Ross Mitchell, Ph.D., has joined Moffitt Cancer Center as the Artificial Intelligence Officer. The new role will lead the cancer center’s efforts to develop digital tools and technologies that utilize computer science to improve the efficiency and quality of cancer care. Mitchell is also a senior member of Moffitt’s Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and will collaborate with fellow research faculty to optimize projects utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) applications.

“Data science is a growing area in cancer research and care. Through the analysis of data, we can better predict outcomes to assist with informed decision-making. Dr. Mitchell will help Moffitt identify those business and clinical opportunities where predictive analytics, machine learning and other advanced technologies can be used to improve our patient experience,” said Dana Rollison, Ph.D., vice president, chief data officer and associate center director of Data Science at Moffitt. “He will also bring this skillset to our research enterprise.”

J. Ross Mitchell, Ph.D., Moffitt's Artificial Intelligence Officer

“I am tremendously excited to join Moffitt Cancer Center. They are leaders in medical data science, and they have a long history of using advanced analytics to improve cancer outcomes,” said Mitchell. “Now they are taking the next step, with a strategic focus on artificial intelligence to empower precision medicine. I could not think of a better place to leverage AI to improve the quality and effectiveness of cancer diagnosis and treatment.”

Mitchell comes to Moffitt from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he led multiple medical imaging informatics initiatives such as the application of machine learning in brain tumor imaging. 

Mitchell completed his bachelor’s and master’s training in computer science at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada. He obtained his doctorate in medical biophysics from Western University in London Ontario, Canada.

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