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Dr. Wells graduated with a BS in Social Work from the Ohio State University in 1990 and completed medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, OH in 1995. He moved to Charleston, SC where he finished residency at the Trident / Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Family Medicine program in 1999. He joined the MUSC Family Medicine faculty as an instructor for two years while he participated in an Academic Development fellowship and obtained an MS in Clinical Research from MUSC.
He was recruited to the Department of Family Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 2004 and established a research collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) before enrolling in graduate coursework in Epidemiology at CWRU. In 2007, he temporarily left Family Medicine and joined the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (QHS) part time in order to focus on a PhD in Epidemiology that he obtained in 2012. In 2013 he was appointed as a full time faculty member in QHS / Family Medicine.
He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles as an author / co-author and has been a co-investigator on several large external grants. His research interests are centered around methodologies for analyzing Electronic Health Record (EHR) data and the creation of risk prediction models. He also serves as the Clinical Liaison for the Optimizing Healthcare Decisions team where he assists clinical investigators with the design and analysis of studies involving EHR data.
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