Atul Butte, MD, PhD
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Atul Butte, MD, PhD

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Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF Director, Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute, UCSF Chief Data Scientist, University of California Health System (UC Health)

Atul Butte, MD, PhD is the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor and inaugural Director of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute ( at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Butte is also the Chief Data Scientist for the entire University of California Health System, with 20 health professional schools, 6 medical schools, 5 academic medical centers, 10 hospitals, and over 1000 care delivery sites. Dr. Butte has been continually funded by NIH for 20 years, is an inventor on 24 patents, and has authored over 200 publications, with research repeatedly featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine. Dr. Butte was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015, and in 2013, he was recognized by the Obama Administration as a White House Champion of Change in Open Science for promoting science through publicly available data. Dr. Butte is also a founder of three investor-backed data-driven companies: Personalis (IPO, 2019), providing medical genome sequencing services, Carmenta (acquired by Progenity, 2015), discovering diagnostics for pregnancy complications, and NuMedii, finding new uses for drugs through open molecular data. Dr. Butte trained in Computer Science at Brown University, worked as a software engineer at Apple and Microsoft, received his MD at Brown University, trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology at Children's Hospital Boston, then received his PhD from Harvard Medical School and MIT.


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  • Elected into the National Academy of Medicine, National Academy of Medicine, 2015
  • E. Mead Johnson Award, Society for Pediatric Research, 2014
  • Elected into the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), American Society of Clinical Investigation, 2013
  • Champion of Change in Open Science, Obama Administration White House, 2013
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America, 1984

Education & Training

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  • Ph.D. Health Sciences and Technology (HST) Harvard Medical School 2004
  • M.D. Medicine Brown University School of Medicine 05/1995
  • A.B. (Honors) Computer Science Brown University 05/1991


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Publications (278)

Top publication keywords:
Electronic Health RecordsComputational BiologySoftwareDatabases, GeneticDrug DiscoveryDatasets as TopicOligonucleotide Array Sequence AnalysisDiseaseDrug RepositioningGene Expression ProfilingGenome-Wide Association StudyAllergy and ImmunologyGene ExpressionTranslational Medical ResearchGenome, Human

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