James E. Tcheng, MHS-CL


James E, Tcheng, MD, is a Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, and Professor of Community and Family Medicine, Department of Community and Family Medicine of the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Tcheng received his medical doctor degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD) and completed his residency in medicine at Barnes Hospital/Washington University (St. Louis, MO). He completed fellowship training in cardiology at Duke University and joined the faculty of Duke in 1988.

Dr. Tcheng is a practicing interventional cardiologist and faculty of the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) and the Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI). He serves as Director of the Duke Cardiovascular Databank and is Director of Performance Improvement for the Duke Heart Center. He is faculty of the Medical Device Epidemiology Network (MDEpiNet) Coordinating Center of the DCRI. In addition, he is Chair of the Informatics and Health IT Task Force of the American College of Cardiology, is a member of the ACC National Cardiovascular Data Registry Management Board, and the ACC/AHA Task Force on Clinical Data Standards.

His clinical interests focus on the management of coronary artery disease, including percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty), stent implantation, laser angioplasty, and the treatment of chronic total coronary occlusions. His clinical research has focused on antiplatelet and anticoagulant therapies for cardiovascular disease. He has participated in numerous clinical trials and has also been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of a number of multicenter studies, including the EPIC, PROLOG, EPILOG, EPISTENT, IMPACT, IMPACT II, TOTAL, PRIDE, ESPRIT, MEND-1, and ELECT Trials.

Dr. Tcheng has led a number of initiatives spanning professional societies, regulatory agencies, government agencies, industry, and non-governmental organizations to develop clinical data standards, interoperability standards, and to integrate structured reporting into clinical workflows. His current work focuses on harmonizing the clinical and operational definitions and informatics of cardiovascular clinical data elements across academia, regulatory agencies, the life sciences industry, professional societies, and standards organizations, to improve the capture, communication, interoperability, and analysis of healthcare information. Dr. Tcheng teaches the MHS-CL course, Informatics for Clinicians