Contact Information
1121 W Michigan St
Indianapolis, IN, 46202
Phone: (317)274-5460
Thankam Paul Thyvalikakath, DMD, MDS, PhD 
Primary Appointment: 
Associate Professor, Dental Informatics/Restorative Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Peer-reviewed Publications:
I am a dentist with advanced degrees in oral & maxillofacial surgery, biomedical informatics, and clinical research. I practiced as an oral & maxillofacial surgeon for about seven years and subsequently underwent training in biomedical informatics in 2003. During the last nine years, I have been involved primarily in human-computer interaction and decision-making studies pertaining to dentistry. I am the recipient of two career development grants from the National Institutes of Health. These grants focused on developing an improved interface for electronic dental records and evaluating a risk assessment tool for periodontal disease. These projects established foundational knowledge on applying user-centered design and cognitive engineering methods to design and evaluate clinical systems in dentistry. My core research interests are in developing interventions that promote multidisciplinary care across care settings and translating best evidence at the point of care to improve patient outcomes.
Research/Scholarship Interests
1. User Centered Design of Clinical Information Systems; 2. Cognitive Task Analysis During Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Dentistry; 3. Identifying High-risk Population for Chronic Oral Diseases Using Clinical Data; 4. Development and Evaluation of a Standard Information Model for Electronic Dental Charting; Computer Systems; data display; Database Management Systems; Decision Support Systems, Management; Dental Care for Chronically Ill; Dental Informatics; Dental Records; Dental Research; Dentistry; Education, Dental, Continuing; Electronic Health Records; Facial Bones; Imaging, Three-Dimensional; Informatics; Medical Records Systems, Computerized; Practice Guidelines as Topic; Practice Management, Dental; Software Design; Software Validation; Systems Integration; User-Computer Interface
(Legend: Current Major/ Current Minor, Non-current Major/ Non-current Minor )

Education & Training
DMDSchool of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh in 2010
 Certificate in Clinical ResearchInstitute for Clinical Research Education, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh in 2009
PhDBiomedical InformaticsSchool of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh in 2012
MSBiomedical InformaticsCenter for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh in 2006
 Fellow in Oral&Maxillofacial SurgeryJustus-Liebig-Universit├Ąt in 1997
M.D.S.Oral & Maxillofacial SurgeryCalicut Dental College, University of Calicut, India in 1994
B.D.S.Trivandrum Dental College, University of Kerala in 1991

Academic Appointments
2013 - present
Associate Professor, Dental Informatics/Restorative Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
2008 - 2013
Assistant Professor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
2006 - 2013
Assistant Professor, Dental Informatics, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
2006 - 2013
Assistant Professor, Public Health and Information Management, School of Dental Medicine
2006 - present
Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
2005 - 2006
Postdoctoral Associate, Center for Dental Informatics,, School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
2003 - 2005
Postdoctoral fellow (NLM/NIDCR), Center for Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine

Certification & Licenses
Medical or Other Professional Licensure
2010 - present
Pennsylvania State Dental Licensing Board
1991 - present
Kerala Dental Council
Specialty Certification
1994 - present
University of Calicut [Faculty of Medicine]

Honors & Awards
2005 - 2009
Clinical Research Scholar, NIH Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Scholars Program, University of Pittsburgh

Grants & Contracts
2010 - 2012
NIDCR 1R211DE019683-01A2
A standard information model for general dental records
Role: Co-Investigator
2010 - 2013
NIDCR 1 R21 DE021178-01
Data extraction using EDR in dental PBRN
Role: Co-Investigator
2009 - 2013
NIDCR 1K08DE018957-01A2
Implementation and Evaluation of a Risk Assessment Tool for Periodontal Disease
Role: PI (sole)
2007 - 2009
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research 1R21DE018548-01
A Controlled Terminology for Diagnosis and Findings in General Dentistry
Role: Co-Investigator
2005 - 2009
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) 1KL2 RR024154-02
Development and evaluation of a multimodal user interface in clinical dentistry
Role: PI/Clinical Research Scholar

Service Activities
2013 - 2014
Chair, American Dental Educators Association
Ad-hoc reviewer, Journal of Dental Research
2012 - 2013
Chair-elect, American Dental Educators Association
2012 - 2013
Member, AMIA
2011 - present
Member, Working Group 11.1 in the Standards Committee for Dental Informatics at the American Dental Association to work on the proposed ADA Specification No. 1053 for General Dental EHR Information Model
2011 - 2012
Secretary, American Dental Educators Association
2010 - present
Chairperson, EHR Liaison Committee (School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh)
2010 - present
Member, Prevention Focus Group (School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
Ad-hoc reviewer, International Journal of Medical Informatics
Ad-hoc reviewer, Applied Clinical Informatics
2010 - present
Ad-hoc reviewer, Ad-hoc reviewer, American Medical Informatics Association annual conference
Ad-hoc reviewer, Journal of Public Health Dentistry
2010 - present
Ad-hoc reviewer, Oral Diseases
2008 - present
Member, Diversity Committee (School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
2008 - present
Consultant, American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs (National)
Ad-hoc reviewer, Computers in Biology and Medicine (International)
2007 - 2010
Ad-hoc reviewer, The Journal of the American Dental Association (National)
2006 - 2009
Member, Digital Record Implementation Subcommittee

Selected Publications
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Thyvalikakath TP. Intraoral buccal sulcus approach for fractured zygomas: review of 25 cases, University of Calicut. 1994
Acharya A, Hernandez P, Thyvalikakath T, Ye H, Song M, Schleyer T. Development and initial validation of a content taxonomy for patient records in general dentistry. International journal of medical informatics. 2013 Jul 6. PMID:23838618.
Rindal DB, Rush WA, Schleyer TK, Kirshner M, Boyle RG, Thoele MJ, Asche SE, Thyvalikakath T, Spallek H, Durand EC, Enstad CJ, Huntley CL. Computer-assisted guidance for dental office tobacco-cessation counseling: a randomized controlled trial. American journal of preventive medicine. 2013 Mar;44(3):260-4. PMID:23415123. PMCID:PMC3579569.
Schleyer T, Thyvalikakath TP. Alert fatigue. J Am Dent Assoc Apr 2012; 143(4): 332-3; author reply 333-4
Schleyer TK, Thyvalikakath TP, Spallek H, Dziabiak MP, Johnson LA. From information technology to informatics: the information revolution in dental education. Journal of dental education. 2012 Jan;76(1):142-53. PMID:22262557.
Schleyer T, Thyvalikakath TP. Transitioning from paper to electronic records: A process guide. MetLife Quality Resource Guide; 2011 May. (Invited)
Schleyer TK, Thyvalikakath T, Smailagic A. Informatics innovation in clinical care: A visionary scenario for dentistry. electronic Journal of Health Informatics. 2011;6(4):1-9.
Irwin JY, Thyvalikakath T, Spallek H, Wali T, Kerr AR, Schleyer T. English and Spanish oral cancer information on the internet: a pilot surface quality and content evaluation of oral cancer web sites. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. 2011;71(2):106-16. PMID:21774133.
Acharya A, Wali T, Thyvalikakath T, Schleyer TK. of Dental Patient Record's Content: Preliminary Results. AHIC 2010:The realities of eHealth; 2010 Apr 28 - 30; Kitchener, Ontario. 2010.
Bekhuis T, Thyvalikakath T, Oliver R. Interventions for treating ameloblastomas of the jaws (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews. 2009;4(0).