Michael Pfeffer, MD, FACP serves as the assistant vice chancellor and chief information officer for UCLA Health Sciences, which is comprised of the UCLA Hospital System, the UCLA Faculty Practice Group, the David Geffen School of Medicine, and the Schools of Dentistry, Nursing and Public Health. The UCLA Health Information Technology (IT) organization supports UCLA Health’s mission of delivering leading edge patient care, research, and education. Michael is responsible for the development and operations of the information and telecommunication systems, including CareConnect, UCLA Health’s enterprise-wide electronic health record (EHR), the health IT strategic plan, and the implementation of transformative and innovative technologies while focusing on value. UCLA Health’s unprecedented initial EHR “Big Bang” go-live in March 2013 was the largest of its time. Michael served as the lead physician for this project encompassing over 26,000 users, subsequently becoming the first Chief Medical Informatics Officer for UCLA Health before transitioning into the Chief Information Officer position.
The UCLA Health IT organization is comprised of passionate, dedicated informaticists and technologists who strive to provide a best-in-class patient and user experience coupled with a strong customer service focus. Under Michael’s leadership, UCLA Health IT has achieved numerous industry awards including the HIMSS Analytics Stage 7 inpatient and ambulatory certifications. UCLA Health is one of only four health systems in the world to achieve the “777” HIMSS designation. UCLA Health has also received the Most Wired award for seven-consecutive years, the US News & World Report’s Most Connected Hospitals, the Top Masters in Healthcare Administration 30 Most Technologically Advanced Hospitals in the World, and the prestigious HIMSS Davies Award.
Michael graduated from Brown University with a degree in chemical engineering. He received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical School and completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at UCLA. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Clinical Informatics.
Bio updated April 2021