Shannon Silkensen, Ph.D.

Health Science Administrator

  • Current Role

    Current Role

    As a health science administrator, I oversee several biomedical informatics projects. This includes NCI’s Real-World Data/Real-World Evidence (RWD/RWE) Program. The goals of the RWD/RWE Program are to (1) generate electronic health records (EHR), pathology, and other data extraction and transformation guidelines; (2) develop tools that automate the checking of conformance, distribution, and completeness of data extracted from the EHR, pathology reports, etc.; and (3) develop cancer diagnosis and treatments computable phenotype guidelines.

    Additionally, I am passionate about training the next generation of researchers. To that end, I lead CBIIT’s Summer Intern Program. This program is geared toward energetic high school and college students pursuing careers in informatics, computer science, information technology, and business administration. CBIIT strives to offer these students a real-world experience with meaningful projects, mentoring, and career development sessions.

  • Projects


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    Real-World Data

    Improves utility of Real-World Data by focusing on data quality and standards (e.g. USCDI+Cancer).
  • Publications
  • In the News

    In the News

    Thanks to a unique public-private partnership, new data elements will soon be a routine part of electronic health records, capturing information about cancer and helping to improve cancer diagnosis, treatment, and care.
    Attending the AMIA 2024 Informatics Summit? Don't miss these NCI CBIIT-affiliated data science sessions!
    Apply for a summer internship opportunity at NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology! You’ll spend 10–16 weeks understanding and practicing data sharing, aggregation, and analysis.
  • Background



    • Ph.D., Molecular Cancer Biology, Duke University
    • B.S., Chemistry and Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University

    Previous Work

    • Emerging Leader, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    Recent Awards

    • 2020 NCI Director’s Award, Inaugural Class of NCI IT Ambassadors