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Director, LHNCBC Training Program, and Staff Scientist
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Dr. Fontelo has been a Staff Scientist with the LHNCBC Office of High Performance Computing and Communications for more than ten years. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Biomedical Informatics Department of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS).  He is Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology by the American Board of Pathology.

His research interests include medical informatics training, telemedicine/telepathology/mHealth, digital pathology, molecular pathology, global health, Information access at the point of care and in low-resource areas, evidence-based medicine, mobile health, hematology, critical appraisal of the literature, translational research, and geographic medicine.

Dr. Fontelo is a retired Army pathologist. His last assignment was at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where he was the Chief of Telepathology and Staff Pathologist in the Department of Gastrointestinal Pathology. Prior to that he was Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at USUHS, where he was Course Director for a number of years. He has also had numerous assignments in research and hospital pathology, including in Belgium.

  • MD, University of the Philippines, College of Medicine
  • Master of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • Diplomate, American Board of Pathology (Anatomic and Clinical Pathology)
  • Medical license: District of Columbia
Professional Activities: 
  • Director, Biomedical Informatics Training Program
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Professional Organizations: 
  • 2003 to the present -- Member, American Medical Informatics Association
  • 1994 to the present -- Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 2003-2009 -- Member, American Telemedicine Association and Special Interest Group in Telepathology
  • 1998-2006 -- Senior Research Fellow, Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD
  • 1988-2005 -- Full-time faculty, Department of Pathology, Uniformed Services University
  • 1995-1999  -- USUHS Committee on Medical Informatics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1983-1998 -- Fellow, American Society of Clinical Pathologists
  • 1983-1998 -- Fellow, College of American Pathologists
  • 1995-1997 -- Original developer and Webmaster, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology World Wide Web server, Washington, DC
  • 1994-1997 -- Chief, Telepathology Division and Staff Pathologist, Division of Gastrointestinal Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC
  • 1994-1997 -- Member, United States and Canadian Academy of Pathologists
  • 1994-1997 -- Original developer and Webmaster, USUHS Department of Pathology World Wide Web server. Pioneered the use of the World Wide Web for delivering Category 1 AMA Continuing Medical Education credits (CME accredited 1994)
  • 1997 -- Course Director, Telepathology Workshop, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, Maryland
  • 1997 -- Participant, WHO Consultation in Telematics, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1994-1996 -- Department of Defense Consolidated Genetics Process Action Team, Rockville, MD
  • 1991-1996 -- Member, Group for Research in Pathology Education
  • 1988-1996 -- Laboratory Coordinator, Pathology Course, Uniformed Services University
  • 1996 -- Course Director, Endoscopic Biopsies of the Gastrointestinal Tract, 1996 Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington DC
  • 1996 -- "DoD Telepathology Programs" Global Telemedicine and Federal Technologies Symposium and Exhibition, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • 1996 -- Invited Lecturer, "Telepathology at the AFIP," Seminar, National Cancer Center, Tokyo, Japan
  • 1996 -- Invited Lecturer, "The Internet and the Pathologist" and "Consultation System in the USA: Standard and Telepathology," International Academy of Pathology, Japanese Division and Japanese Society of Pathologists, Naha, Okinawa
  • 1996 -- Invited Lecturer, "The Internet: Practical Applications to Pathology" and "Telepathology at the AFIP," International Society of Ophthalmic Pathology and American Society of Ophthalmic Pathology, Chicago
  • 1996 -- Invited Lecturer, "Pathology Education and Consultation on the Internet" Third European Meeting in Telepathology, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 1993-1995 -- Biohazards, Controlled and Dangerous Substances Committee, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1988-1994 -- Associate Professor of Pathology, Department of Pathology and Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1993-1994 -- Lecturer, PA0502 Seminars in Pathogenesis, Graduate School Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1993-1994 -- Lecturer, PA0505 Recombinant DNA Course (Medical Applications of Molecular Probes) Graduate School, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1991-1994 -- Course Director, Continuing Medical Education courses for Pathology, 7th Medical Command, Europe
  • 1991-1994 -- Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) and Vibrio cholera (VC) Steering Committee, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington, DC
  • 1991-1994 -- Laboratory Inspector, College of American Pathologists' Laboratory Accreditation Program
  • 1992-1993 -- Leader, Subsection on Computer-Assisted Instruction, Subcommittee on Current Experiments in Curricular Reform, Basic Science Curriculum Subcommittee, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1991-1993 -- Collaborative research with Dr. David Sack, Department of International Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • 1990-1993 -- Course Director, Medical School Second Year Pathology course, Uniformed Services University
  • 1993 -- Collaborative research with Dr. Carmelita Tuazon, Department of Infectious Diseases, George Washington University
  • 1993 -- Course Director, Graduate School of Nursing, and Clinical Psychopharmacology Pathology Course, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1992 -- Organizer, Group for Research in Pathology Education, Winter Meeting, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • 1987-1988 -- Military Medical Science Fellowship, Walter Reed Army Institute of  Research, Washington DC
  • 1984-1987 -- Chairman, Infection Control Committee, 196th Station Hospital, SHAPE, Belgium
  • 1984-1987 -- Chief of Pathology, 196th Station Hospital, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, SHAPE, Belgium
  • 1981-1984 -- Chief, Early Diagnosis, Division of Pathophysiology, US Army Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Fort Detrick, MD
  • 1980-1981 -- Fellow in Clinical Hematology, Howard University Medical Service, DC General Hospital, Washington DC
  • 1980-1981 -- Transfusion Committee, D.C. General Hospital, Washington, DC
Honors and Awards: 
  • 1997 Outstanding Overseas Alumni Educator, University of the Philippines, Manila, Philippines
  • 1991-1992 Outstanding Teacher Award, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
Publications/Tools by Paul Fontelo: 
Goldbach H, Chang AY, Kyer A, Ketshogileng D, Taylor L, Chandra A, Dacso M, Kung SJ, Rijken T, Fontelo P, Littman-Quinn R, Seymour AK, Kovarik CL. Evaluation of generic medical information accessed via mobile phones at the point of care in resource-limited settings. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Jan-Feb;21(1):37-42. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001276. Epub 2013 Mar 27.
Fontelo P, Gavino A, Sarmiento RF. Comparing data accuracy between structured abstracts and full-text journal articles: implications in their use for informing clinical decisions. Evid Based Med. 2013 Dec;18(6):207-11. doi: 10.1136/eb-2013-101272. Epub 2013 Jun 20.
Gavino AI, Ho BL, Wee PA, Marcelo AB, Fontelo P. Information-seeking trends of medical professionals and students from middle-income countries: a focus on the Philippines. Health Info Libr J. 2013 Dec;30(4):303-17. doi: 10.1111/hir.12032. Epub 2013 Jul 23.
Sheets L, Liu F, Sarmiento RF, Gavino A, Fontelo P. Optimizing the txt2MEDLINE search portal for low-resource clinical decision support. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:1277-81. eCollection 2013.
Fontelo P, Liu F. Mobile app versus Web app: a comparison using 2008-2012 "PubMed for Handhelds" server data. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:445-50. eCollection 2013.
Johnson HL, Fontelo P, Olsen CH, Jones KD, Gimbel RW. Family nurse practitioner student perception of journal abstract usefulness in clinical decision making: a randomized controlled trial. J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2013 Nov;25(11):597-603. doi: 10.1111/1745-7599.12013. Epub 2013 Mar 6.
Gimbel RW, Fontelo P, Stephens MB, Olsen CH, Bunt C, Ledford CJ, Loveland Cook CA, Liu F, Burke HB. Radiation exposure and cost influence physician medical image decision making: a randomized controlled trial. Med Care. 2013 Jul;51(7):628-32. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e3182928fd5.
Sheets L, Gavino A, Callaghan F, Fontelo P. Do language fluency and other socioeconomic factors influence the use of PubMed and MedlinePlus? Appl Clin Inform. 2013 Apr 10;4(2):170-84. doi: 10.4338/ACI-2013-01-RA-0006. Print 2013.
Fontelo P. Web Interface: The Bottom Line.
Marcelo A, Gavino A, Isip-Tan IT, Apostol-Nicodemus L, Mesa-Gaerlan FJ, Firaza PN, Faustorilla JF Jr., Callaghan FM, Fontelo P. A comparison of the accuracy of clinical decisions based on full-text articles and on journal abstracts alone: a study among residents in a tertiary care hospital. Evid Based Med. 2013 Apr;18(2):48-53. doi: 10.1136/eb-2012-100537. Epub 2012 Jul 10.