Informatics Research Seminar: Data Warehouse Governance

November 10 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Donald Spencer, MD, MBA
Presented from UNC-CH



Dr. Spencer will give an overview of UNC’s Carolina Data Warehouse for Health. After emphasizing key concepts that distinguish data warehousing from other databases, he will review the UNC experience. The history, governance, data sources, and use of UNC’s data warehouse will be discussed.


Donald Spencer, MD, MBA, is the Program Manager of the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health.  Dr. Spencer has a greater than 30 year history as a practicing physician with over 20 years in academic medicine. After private practice experience in rural Anson County, North Carolina from 1980 to 1986, he taught and practiced from 1986-1996 at the University of Missouri-Columbia Department of Family and Community Medicine. There he established office information systems in three rural practice sites and was responsible for practice management curriculum development in the family medicine residency. He has been with the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1996 where he is presently Professor of Family Medicine. Since May 2008 he has been Associate Chief Medical Information Officer for UNC Health Care where he is the program manager for the Carolina Data Warehouse for Health. His interests are in the areas of medical practice management and information sciences. Dr. Spencer received his undergraduate degree from Stanford, his MD degree from UCLA, his family medicine residency training and his MBA degree from U. of Missouri-Columbia, and his graduate certificate in informatics from OHSU. Since October 2010 he has taken on responsibilities as Medical Director and Vice President of Ambulatory Care for UNC Health Care.