Alberto Odor, M.D., M.S.
Alberto Odor is an adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. He also teaches in the UC Davis School of Medicine Health Informatics Program and is committed to interprofessional approaches in health informatics and across health care fields. A surgeon with a background in biomedical informatics, Odor works to effect system change at the intersection of health care, technology and cultural inclusiveness. His research and teaching interests in the School of Nursing include clinical health informatics—such as the design, implementation and evaluation of electronic health records—and the use of virtual environments for diagnosis, treatment and as training tools for health care professionals.
Odor began working at UC Davis in 2006, conducting research with Peter Yellowlees, the former director of the Health Informatics Program, regarding the use of asynchronous—or non-simultaneous—telehealth technology to conduct psychiatric consultations. They are currently conducting an NIH R01-funded, randomized controlled trial on telepsychiatry modalities. As an instructor in the Health Informatics Program, Odor developed the courses Virtual Reality-Simulation-Robotics and Research Methods and Statistics in Biomedical Informatics. He also teaches Clinical and Cultural Spanish, which he developed and received the Provost Hybrid Course Award, as well as Practical Digital Photography: from Smartphones to 4K Video at UC Davis Health System. Odor has published scholarly work on these topics.
Prior to joining UC Davis, Odor served as chief of the research division at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and later in the same post at the National Institute of Rehabilitation, both in Mexico City.
He earned a medical degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1976 and completed residency programs in internal medicine, general surgery and transplant surgery. He also completed a master’s degree in clinical research from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1986. During his last 20 years in Mexico, Odor taught numerous undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods, biostatistics and the application of computer science in health care. Odor also participated in rural surgical clinics in Mexico and took part in early efforts to use telemedicine to benefit remote rural communities in Mexico.
Odor received a visiting professor fellowship through the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States, an academic research institute that fosters exchanges and collaborative academic programs between the University of California and scholars in Mexico.