Brian Kolowitz

Brian Kolowitz

Brian Kolowitz

Adjunct Professor


D.Sc., Information Systems, Robert Morris University
MBA; MS, Information Systems, University of Pittsburgh
BS, Computer Engineering, Penn State University



Dr. Brian J Kolowitz is Director and Principal Architect of the Advanced Medical Imaging program at UPMC Enterprises responsible for all program, product, and research related activities. Areas of research include applying Computational Imaging and Vision, Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning techniques to contextualize health information according to disease state, progression, and prognosis. These techniques are applied to personalize medicine for the individual and manage risk of patient populations. He has worked in Healthcare Information Systems for over 10 years leading the design and implementation of UPMC innovations including the SingleView application which was awarded InformationWeek’s #1 Healthcare Innovation Award. In addition to his professional experience, he is an accomplished academic holding Adjunct Assistant Professor Positions at the University of Pittsburgh and University of Maryland. He holds Doctor of Science degree in Information Systems from Robert Morris University, Masters of Business Administration and Masters of Science in Management of Information Systems degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering from Penn State University. Brian was the recipient of the Journal of Digital Imaging Best Paper of 2014 award for his research on application of social networks to healthcare information systems.

Research Interest

Computational imaging and vision
Natural language processing
Machine learning techniques
Contextualizing health information according to disease state, progression, and prognosis 


  • INST 706- Project Management

Recent Publications & Products

  • Farahani, N., Post, R., Duboy, J., Ahmed, I., Kolowitz, B. J., Krinchai, T., … Pantanowitz, L. (2016). Exploring virtual reality technology and the Oculus Rift for the examination of digital pathology slides. Journal of Pathology Informatics, 7.

  • Kolowitz, B. J., & Shrestha, R. (2016, May 26). RADIOLOGY CONTEXTUAL COLLABORATION SYSTEM. US Patent 20,160,147,971.

  • Pantanowitz, L., Farahani, N., Kolowitz, B. J., Post, R., Krinchai, T., Ahmed, I., … Hartman, D. J. (2016). Exploring Oculus Rift for Viewing Whole Slide Images in a Virtual Reality Environment. In LABORATORY INVESTIGATION (Vol. 96, p. 399A–399A). NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP 75 VARICK ST, 9TH FLR, NEW YORK, NY 10013-1917 USA.

  • Tari, N., Babaji, L., Kolowitz, B. J., Wilson, B. J., Von Reden, A. L., Wiancko, E. C. N., … Deible, C. (2016, May 26). APPARATUS AND METHODS TO RECOMMEND MEDICAL INFORMATION. US Patent 20,160,147,954.

  • Lalithsena, S., Tari, L., Von Reden, A., Wilson, B., Kolowitz, B. J., Kalafut, J., … Sheth, A. (2015). Feedback-driven radiology exam report retrieval with semantics. In Proceedings - 2015 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics, ICHI 2015. doi:10.1109/ICHI.2015.35

  • Kolowitz, B. J., Venturella Jr, J. J., Romero Lauro, G., Reddy, V. K., Deible, C. R., Shrestha, R. B. K., & Georgiev, V. K. (2015, December 10). System and Method for Processing Healthcare Information. US Patent 20,150,356,247.

  • Hartman, D. J., Parwani, A. V, Cable, B., Cucoranu, I. C., McHugh, J. S., Kolowitz, B. J., … Pantanowitz, L. (2014). Pocket pathologist: A mobile application for rapid diagnostic surgical pathology consultation. Journal of Pathology Informatics, 5, 10. doi:10.4103/2153-3539.129443

  • Kolowitz, B. J., Lauro, G. R., Venturella, J., Georgiev, V., Barone, M., Deible, C., & Shrestha, R. (2014). Clinical social networking - A new revolution in provider communication and delivery of clinical information across providers of care? Journal of Digital Imaging, 27(2), 192–199.

  • Hartman, D. J., Yousem, S. A., Parwani, A. V, Cucoranu, I. C., Kolowitz, B. J., Cable, W., … Palat, V. (2014). Development and Implementation of an iPhone Application (Pocket Pathologist) to Facilitate Rapid Diagnostic Pathology Consultation. In LABORATORY INVESTIGATION (Vol. 94, p. 523A–523A). NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP 75 VARICK ST, 9TH FLR, NEW YORK, NY 10013-1917 USA.

  • Syed, M., Ahmed, L., Parwani, A. V, Saylor, C., Nine, J., Balatincz, K., … Michalopoulos, G. (2014). Applications of Google Glass [GLASS (TM) in Anatomical Pathology. In LABORATORY INVESTIGATION (Vol. 94, p. 402A–402A). NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP 75 VARICK ST, 9TH FLR, NEW YORK, NY 10013-1917 USA.

  • Shrestha, R. B. K., Lauro, G. R., Black, H. A., Kolowitz, B. J., & Lauffer, N. J. (2013, January 3). Apparatus and Method for Viewing Medical Information. US Patent App. 13/733,326.

  • Kolowitz, B. J., Lauro, G. R., Barkey, C., Black, H., Light, K., & Deible, C. (2012). Workflow continuity-moving beyond business continuity in a multisite 24-7 healthcare organization. Journal of Digital Imaging, 25(6), 744–750.

  • Amin, M., Sharma, G., Parwani, A. V, Anderson, R., Kolowitz, B. J., Piccoli, A., … Pantanowitz, L. (2012). Integration of digital gross pathology images for enterprise-wide access. Journal of Pathology Informatics, 3(1), 10.

  • Kolowitz, B. J. (2012). Physician Perceptions of SingleView| A Picture Archiving and Communications System (PACS) Federation Solution. ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY.

  • Kolowitz, B. J., & Shrestha, R. B. (2011). ENABLING BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE, KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND CLINICAL WORKFLOW WITH SINGLEVIEW. Issues in Informatin Systems, 12(1), 70–77.


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