Rochester, Minnesota




Christopher G. Chute, M.D., Dr. P.H., established the Division of Biomedical Informatics at Mayo Clinic, overseeing a program of applied research and development focusing upon clinical and genomic data sources, management, standardization and interpretation. He was division chair for 20 years, and is presently section head of Medical Informatics and Professor of Medical Informatics.

Focus Areas

Dr. Chute's research focus is in the domain of biomedical terminology and ontology, with a long-standing emphasis on scalable terminology services that can be used across biology and medicine. This work has extended into high-throughput disease phenotyping methods using electronic health records.

Dr. Chute is principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a broad portfolio of federal grants, including the NHGRI funded eMERGE on high-throughput clinical phenotyping, NIGMS funded Ontology Network Resource (PHONT) within the Pharmacogenomics Research Network, ONC funded SHARP grant on Secondary Data Use, the NCI funded LexEVS for Enterprise Vocabulary Services, the NCI funded National Vocabulary Knowledge Center, the NCRR funded Biomedical Informatics Core within Mayo Clinic's CTSA, the NHGRI funded National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO) and the ONC funded Beacon grant on community health information exchange.

Significance to Patient Care

To make informatics principles truly applicable across the coalescing communities of biological research and medical practice, a strong engagement must be made with standards for biohealth data interchange and interoperability.

Professional Highlights

A partial list of academic standards and National Institute of Health-review activities Dr. Chute has undertaken includes:

  • Member, Health Level Seven Advisory Council, 2010-current
  • Member, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Information Technology Standards Committee, 2010-2013
  • Chair, ICD-11 Revision Steering Group, World Health Organization, Geneva, 2010-2015
  • Chair, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC215 on Health Informatics, 2010-2015
  • Chair, U.S. Delegation to ISO Technical Committee on Health Informatics (TC215), 2007-2009
  • Board Member, Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium, 2007-2009
  • Chair, NIH/CSR Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics (BCHI) Review Panel, 2006-2009
  • Chair, BRIDG Board, Consolidated Clinical Trails Data Model HL7/CDISC/NCI
  • Member, International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, Scientific Advisory Group, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006-2008
  • Board of Directors, ANSI Health Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP), 2005-2007
  • Vice Chair, ANSI Health Informatics Standards Board (HISB), 2001-2005
  • Co-Chair, HL7 Vocabulary Committee, 2001-2007
  • Convener, WG3, Health Concept Representation aka Semantic Content, ISO TC 215 on Health Informatics, 2000-2007
  • Board of Directors, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), 1998-2002
  • Program Chair, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium, 1998
  • Chair, Working Group 6 on Medical Concept Representation, International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), 1994-2007

Dr. Chute is board certified in internal medicine and is an elected fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Epidemiology, and the American College of Medical Informatics

More information about Dr. Chute:


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Primary Appointment

  1. Health Sciences Research

Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Epidemiology
  2. Professor of Medical Informatics


  1. DrPH - Epidemiology/Biostatistics Harvard University
  2. Resident Dartmouth College
  3. MPH Harvard University
  4. MD - Medicine Brown University
  5. AB - English Brown University

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