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recovering from major surgeries. Considering all the advances in information technology, he became frustrated with the inability to use predictive analytics to directly help patients. “I thought, ‘How did we not see this bed sore coming—how did we not predict it’s going to form?’” he asked. Those questions led Dr. DiMaio to investigate ways that AI could directly impact patient care—right now. By combining his interest in new technology with his deep experience in patient care, Dr. DiMaio set out to find answers. He decided to pursue this interest in the intersection between technology and patient care to provide tools to clinicians, and an even higher level of insight and care for patients. The new wound imaging system is able to analyze blood PHYSICIAN PROFILE J. Michael DiMaio, MD Chief of Staff, Baylor Scott & White The Heart Hospitals – Denton, McKinney and Plano flow to identify the boundaries of dead, damaged and healthy tissue—something extremely Michael DiMaio, MD, is chief of staff to the realization of what I wanted to do difficult for the human eye to for Baylor Scott & White The Heart for a living. Once I saw a human heart, I detect unassisted—to help Hospitals – Denton, McKinney and thought, “Now this is the coolest thing on clinicians determine those almost Plano, as well as the medical director unseeable differences. for Surgical Services, Research and the planet.” Education. He also serves as chairman What differentiates Baylor Dr. DiMaio explains, as he de- of the Baylor Scott & White Dallas Scott & White Health from scribes the painstaking process Foundation’s Cardiovascular Research other healthcare organizations? of teaching a machine the Review Committee. It’s all in teaching and learning, A commitment to excellence and massive amount of information After earning a medical degree true patient care—it is in the DNA of this it requires to make the correct from the University of Miami, Dr. DiMaio institution. Sincere efforts happen here distinctions between things. completed residencies in internal every day to have the highest quality medicine, general surgery and cardio- and the most compassion—whether to impact very real human lives thoracic surgery at Duke University it’s the concierge who greets you, the seems to be the best decision any Medical Center. While at Duke, Dr. DiMaio people who feed you or the surgeons computer—human or mechanical— also completed an NIH-sponsored surgical who operate on you. can make. research fellowship focused on gene Using “artificial” intelligence therapy, immunology and transplantation. Dr. DiMaio is also the founder and CEO of an advanced health tech company that How would you spend an extra hour in your day? I would read. I read incessantly—I am has developed and obtained FDA approval constantly learning about everything for two generations of advanced imaging from science and politics to medicine and devices that use artificial intelligence interesting people. I’m a voracious reader; algorithms for wound care management. if I have an hour, I am going to read. Can you point to a life experience that How would you like to be remembered? helped shape the way you think? As someone who gave it his all. When I worked between college and you do something, I believe that you do it medical school. I started my own early- right, do it well and do it with your whole stage company in medical diagnostics heart. Take care of patients like they are and sold that. Then I worked for a your family. pacemaker company, and that led me 5 THE COMPASS / BAYLOR SCOTT & WHITE FOUNDATION NEWS / SPRING 2019