Kenrick Cato, RN, PhD, is an informatics researcher at Columbia University School of Nursing. Dr. Cato’s program of research focuses on the use of data science to investigate ways of improving patient safety, quality of care, and individual health. Towards these goals, Dr. Cato’s previous work has included National Institute of Health funded research in health communication via mobile health platforms, shared decision making in primary care settings, and data mining of electronic patient records. His current projects include automated data mining of electronic patient records to discover characters about a patient that are often missed by clinicians. Dr. Cato has published his findings in numerous peer-reviewed journals and at national and international conferences.

In 2001, he entered the military full-time after being inspired to serve his country after the 9-11 attacks. He left the army after several active duty deployments including stints in Iraq and other parts of the Middle East. After completing the ETP program at Columbia Nursing in 2008, he worked as a staff nurse at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, providing care for surgical oncology patients, and as a clinical analyst, working on projects to improve patient safety through the use of the hospital’s electronic systems. Kenrick earned his PhD at Columbia Nursing in 2012. His research interests include mobile health and reducing health disparities in under-served populations.