Headshot photo of Vishnu Mohan,  M.D., M.B.I., F.A.C.P., F.A.M.I.A.

Vishnu Mohan, M.D., M.B.I., F.A.C.P., F.A.M.I.A.

  • Professor of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, School of Medicine
  • Program Director, Clinical Informatics Fellowship, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine
  • Graduate Program Director, Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, School of Medicine


Dr. Mohan is Vice-Chair for Education at the Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology (DMICE).  He serves as the Director of the OHSU clinical informatics subspecialty fellowship program, which was one of the first GME programs in the specialty to be accredited by ACGME. He is also the Director of the DMICE Graduate Program, which includes a graduate certificate, masters with and without thesis, and PhD (the latter in both the Health and Clinical Informatics (HCIN), as well as the Bioinformatics and Computational Biomedicine (BCB) tracks.

 Dr. Mohan's primary appointment at OHSU is with DMICE, and his secondary appointment is in General Internal Medicine. He is board certified in clinical informatics and internal medicine, an Inaugural Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

He is a clinician, an educator, a researcher, a clinical informaticist, and an avid gamer (not necessarily in that order, as he is quick to point out). He is also a Qel -- that's Klingon for "physician", as any hard-core Star Trek fan knows.

After finishing med school, Dr. Mohan decided to pursue further clinical training in the US; and boldly went where no Mohan had gone before – to Pittsburgh, PA, where he completed his residency in internal medicine, and started clinical practice.

He then moved to Portland to work at Legacy Health, where he was faculty and associate program director at the internal medicine training program at Emanuel and Good Samaritan Medical Centers, precepted residents, and served as clerkship coordinator at Good Sam for medical students from OHSU and Western University of Health Sciences. During that time, he won multiple teaching awards, including the Dean L McGinty MD Faculty Teaching Award, and the Best Outpatient Faculty Award.

Dr. Mohan completed a graduate certificate and then a masters in informatics at OHSU as a DMICE student. At the time, OHSU was awarded a large grant by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) that set up the infrastructure to create curricular materials that would be used by consortia of community colleges to build and deploy courses for entry level HIT workers to bolster the nation's clinical informatics workforce. Bill Hersh MD, who was DMICE Chair at the time, convinced Dr. Mohan that this was a worthy challenge, and that "the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few" and so he became a full-time faculty in DMICE. 

Currently, Dr. Mohan teaches three courses in the biomedical informatics graduate program. In BMI 512, Clinical Information Systems, he teaches both basic concepts and practical applications of clinical information systems, with emphasis on electronic health records. Dr. Mohan also directs BMI 560: Design and Evaluation in Health Informatics, a required course for masters students that provides an overview of the concepts, vocabularies, and strategies needed to design and evaluate projects in biomedical informatics. And finally, he teaches BMI 519, Business of Healthcare Informatics, which provides clinical informaticians with skills and knowledge in the area of business practices relating to healthcare IT.

For many years, Dr. Mohan also taught in the OHSU-PSU Joint MBA in Healthcare Management program, where his course "Healthcare IT for Managers" was designed to familiarize managers and future leaders in healthcare with informatics and healthcare IT-related concepts.

With respect to research, Dr. Mohan is interested in how clinicians make decisions, how they interact with technology, and how technology influences their decision-making. He is also passionate about improving patient safety, and actively pursues research interests that espouse the safe delivery of healthcare. He was a member of the POET team led by Joan Ash PhD at DMICE, and was involved, amongst other activities with the group, in developing the ONC-sponsored SAFER guides. He has also become increasingly interested in using high-fidelity simulation to improve the use and safety of electronic health records. With Jeffrey Gold MD, Professor of Medicine and former Director of the Simulation Center at OHSU, he uses eye-tracking hardware and software to examine clinician interactions with the EHR interface. 

In his spare time, Dr. Mohan likes to travel. Like any other observant high-level night elf druid, he first spends some time at Moonglade and hangs out with his Cenarion Circle colleagues before heading out to explore more exotic locations in Azeroth.

Education and training

  • Certifications

    • Board certified in clinical informatics and internal medicine

Memberships and associations:

  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • American College of Physicians

Areas of interest

  • Patient safety
  • Electronic health records
  • Informatics education
  • EHR simulations
  • Informatics workforce development

Honors and awards

  • Excellence in Education Award, OHSU School of Medicine, 2022


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Mohan V, Hersh WR. Development and evaluation of an electronic health record configuration and customization laboratory course for clinical informatics students. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:1122.
  • Mohan V, Abbott P, Acteson S, Berner ES, Devlin C, Hammond WE, Kukafka R, Hersh W. Design and evaluation of the ONC health information technology curriculum J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 May-Jun;21(3):509-16.
  • Gold JA, Tutsch AS, Gorsuch A, Mohan V. Integrating the Electronic Health Record into high-fidelity interprofessional intensive care unit simulations. J Interprof Care. 2015 Nov;29(6):562-3.
  • Mohan V, Scholl G, Gold JA. Intelligent Simulation Model To Facilitate EHR Training. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2015; 2015: 925–932.
  • Longhurst CA, Pageler NM, Palma JP, Finnell JT, Levy BP, Yackel TR, Mohan V, Hersh WR. Early experiences of accredited clinical informatics fellowships. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 Jul;23(4):829-34.
  • Gold JA, Stephenson LE, Gorsuch A, Parthasarathy K, Mohan V. Feasibility of utilizing a commercial eye tracker to assess electronic health record use during patient simulation. Health Informatics J. 2016 Sep;22(3):744-57
  • Artis KA, Dyer E, Mohan V, Gold JA. Accuracy of Laboratory Data Communication on ICU Daily Rounds Using an Electronic Health Record. Crit Care Med. 2017 Feb;45(2):179-186.
  • Mohan V, Woodcock D, McGrath K, Scholl G, Pranaat R, Doberne JW, Chase DA, Gold JA, Ash JS. Using Simulations to Improve Electronic Health Record Use, Clinician Training and Patient Safety: Recommendations From A Consensus Conference. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2017 Feb 10;2016:904-913.
  • Mohan V, Scholl G, Gold JA. Use of EHR-based simulation to diagnose aetiology of information gathering issues in struggling learners: a proof of concept study. BMJ Simulation and Technology Enhanced Learning. 2018 Apr 1;4(2):92-4.
  • Arthurs BJ, Mohan V, McGrath K, Scholl G, Gold JA. Impact of Passive Laboratory Alerts on Navigating Electronic Health Records in Intensive Care Simulations. SAGE Open. 2018 May;8(2):2158244018774388.
  • Bell DS, Baldwin K, Bell III EJ, Lehmann CU, Webber EC, Mohan V, Leu MG, Hofmann JM, Kaelber DC, Landman AB, Hron J. Characteristics of the national applicant pool for clinical informatics fellowships (2016-2017). InAMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 2018 (Vol. 2018, p. 225). American Medical Informatics Association.
  • Arthurs BJ, Mohan V, McGrath K, Scholl G, Gold JA. Impact of passive laboratory alerts on navigating electronic health records in intensive care simulations. SAGE Open. 2018 May;8(2):2158244018774388.
  • Murphy WJ, Yadrick MM, Steiber AL, Mohan V, Papoutsakis C. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure (ANDHII): A Pilot Study on the Documentation of the Nutrition Care Process and the Usability of ANDHII by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2018 May 24;118(10):1966-74.
  • Bordley J, Sakata K, Bierman J, McGrath K, Mulanax A, Nguyen L, Mohan V, Gold JA. Use of a Novel, Electronic Health Record Centered, Interprofessional Intensive Care Unit Rounding Simulation to Understand Latent Safety Issues. Critical care medicine. 2018 Oct;46(10):1570.
  • Corby S, Gold JA, Mohan V, Solberg N, Becton J, Bergstrom R, Orwoll B, Hoekstra C, Ash JS. A sociotechnical multiple perspectives approach to the use of medical scribes: a deeper dive into the scribe-provider interaction. InAMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 2019 (Vol. 2019, p. 333). American Medical Informatics Association.
  • Artis KA, Bordley J, Mohan V, Gold JA. Data omission by physician trainees on ICU rounds. Critical care medicine. 2019 Mar;47(3):403.
  • Hagedorn PA, Kirkendall ES, Spooner SA, Mohan V. Inpatient communication networks: leveraging secure text-messaging platforms to gain insight into inpatient communication systems. Applied Clinical Informatics. 2019 May;10(03):471-8.
  • Sittig DF, Ash JS, Wright A, Chase D, Gebhardt E, Russo EM, Tercek C, Mohan V, Singh H. How can we partner with electronic health record vendors on the complex journey to safer health care?. Journal of Healthcare Risk Management. 2020 Oct;40(2):34-43.
  • Gold JA, Becton J, Ash JS, Corby S, Mohan V. Do you know what your scribe did last spring? The impact of COVID-19 on medical scribe workflow. Applied Clinical Informatics. 2020 Oct;11(05):807-11.
  • Kannry J, Smith J, Mohan V, Levy B, Finnell J, Lehmann CU, Clinical Informatics Program Directors Group-AMIA. Policy statement on clinical informatics fellowships and the future of informatics-driven medicine. Applied Clinical Informatics. 2020 Oct 28;11(05):710-3.
  • Rule A, Florig ST, Bedrick S, Mohan V, Gold JA, Hribar MR. Comparing scribed and non-scribed outpatient progress notes. InAMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 2021 (Vol. 2021, p. 1059). American Medical Informatics Association.
  • Florig ST, Corby S, Rosson NT, Devara T, Weiskopf NG, Gold JA, Mohan V. Chart completion time of attending physicians while using medical scribes. InAMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 2021 (Vol. 2021, p. 457). American Medical Informatics Association.
  • Ash JS, Corby S, Mohan V, Solberg N, Becton J, Bergstrom R, Orwoll B, Hoekstra C, Gold JA. Safe use of the EHR by medical scribes: a qualitative study. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2021 Feb 1;28(2):294-302.
  • Miller ME, Scholl G, Corby S, Mohan V, Gold JA. The impact of electronic health record–based simulation during intern boot camp: interventional study. JMIR Medical Education. 2021 Mar 9;7(1):e25828.
  • Seifer DR, Mcgrath K, Scholl G, Mohan V, Gold JA. Sex differences in electronic health record navigation strategies: secondary data analysis. JMIR Human Factors. 2021 Jun 24;8(2):e25957.
  • Corby S, Ash JS, Mohan V, Becton J, Solberg N, Bergstrom R, Orwoll B, Hoekstra C, Gold JA. A qualitative study of provider burnout: do medical scribes hinder or help?. JAMIA open. 2021 Jul 1;4(3):ooab047.
  • Mohan V, Garrison C, Gold JA. Using a new model of electronic health record training to reduce physician burnout: a plan for action. JMIR Medical Informatics. 2021 Sep 20;9(9):e29374.
  • Corby S, Whittaker K, Ash JS, Mohan V, Becton J, Solberg N, Bergstrom R, Orwoll B, Hoekstra C, Gold JA. The future of medical scribes documenting in the electronic health record: results of an expert consensus conference. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 2021 Dec;21(1):1-1.
  • Marshall K, Friedlander D, Mohan V, Vawdrey DK. Comparison of Ordering Tools on Adherence to Treatment Protocols in the Emergency Department. In AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 2022 (Vol. 2022, p. 739). American Medical Informatics Association.
  • Mohan V. System Development Life Cycle. In Clinical Informatics Study Guide: Text and Review 2022 Apr 20 (pp. 177-183). Cham: Springer International Publishing.
  • Corby S, Ash JS, Whittaker K, Mohan V, Solberg N, Becton J, Bergstrom R, Orwoll B, Hoekstra C, Gold JA. Translating ethnographic data into knowledge, skills, and attitude statements for medical scribes: a modified Delphi approach. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2022 Oct 1;29(10):1679-87.
  • Baker CK, Maniam N, Schnapp BH, Genes N, Nielson JA, Mohan V, Hersh W, Slovis BH. A Model Curriculum for an Emergency Medicine Residency Rotation in Clinical Informatics. Journal of Education & Teaching in Emergency Medicine. 2022 Oct;7(4):C1.
  • Florig ST, Corby S, Devara T, Weiskopf NG, Mohan V, Gold JA. Medical record closure practices of physicians before and after the use of medical scribes. JAMA. 2022 Oct 4;328(13):1350-2.
  • Jin DP, Samuel S, Bowden K, Mohan V, Gold JA. Just-in-Time Electronic Health Record Retraining to Support Clinician Redeployment during the COVID-19 Surge. Applied clinical informatics. 2022 Oct 5;13(05):949-55.
  • Kang D, Charlton P, Applebury DE, Robinson EJ, Merkel MJ, Rowe S, Mohan V, Gold JA. Utilizing eye tracking to assess electronic health record use by pharmacists in the intensive care unit. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 2022 Nov 15;79(22):2018-25.
  • Dixit RA, Boxley CL, Samuel S, Mohan V, Ratwani RM, Gold JA. Electronic health record use issues and diagnostic error: a scoping review and framework. Journal of patient safety. 2023 Jan 1;19(1):e25-30.
  • Krevat SA, Samuel S, Boxley C, Mohan V, Siegal D, Gold JA, Ratwani RM. Identifying Electronic Health Record Contributions to Diagnostic Error in Ambulatory Settings Through Legal Claims Analysis. JAMA Network Open. 2023 Apr 3;6(4):e238399-.
  • Corby S, Ash JS, Florig ST, Mohan V, Becton J, Solberg N, Bergstrom R, Orwoll B, Hoekstra C, Gold JA. How Providers Can Optimize Effective and Safe Scribe Use: a Qualitative Study. Journal of general internal medicine. 2023 Jul;38(9):2052-8.