Investigator Profile: Erik G. Van Eaton, MD, FACS


Erik G. Van Eaton, MD, FACS

Associate Professor, Division of Trauma, Burn, and Critical Care Surgery
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education

Dr. Van Eaton conducts research in information transfer, communications practices, and information systems design to translate research into practice. A trained medical informatics scientist, Dr. Van Eaton builds collaborative relationships among successful clinical informatics projects at health systems throughout the United States to bring high-performance clinical information management to bedside decisions. This work led to a spin-out healthcare information technology company from the University of Washington in 2011 called TransformativeMed Inc. The recipient of a National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for research in biomedical health informatics, Dr. Van Eaton developed a computerized rounding and sign-out software system that changed the ways in which residents communicate about, and manage “ownership” of their patients. In 2014, Dr. Van Eaton was awarded the Early Achievement Award by the University of Washington School of Medicine Alumni Association for his work toward improving health care through information technology.