Atul Butte, MD, PhD

Department of Pediatrics
+1 415 514-0528
Research Description: 

Atul Butte, MD, PhD
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, and Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF
Director, Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute, UCSF
Chief Data Scientist, University of California Health System (UC Health)

Atul Butte, MD, PhD is the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg Distinguished Professor and inaugural Director of the Bakar Computational Health Sciences Institute ( at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Butte is also the Chief Data Scientist for the entire University of California Health System, the tenth largest by revenue in the United States, with 20 health professional schools, 6 medical schools, 6 academic health centers, 10 hospitals, and over 1000 care delivery sites. Dr. Butte has been continually funded by NIH for 20 years, is an inventor on 24 patents, and has authored nearly 300 publications, with research repeatedly featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine. Dr. Butte was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2015, and in 2013, he was recognized by the Obama Administration as a White House Champion of Change in Open Science for promoting science through publicly available data. Dr. Butte is also a co-founder of three investor-backed data-driven companies: Personalis (IPO, 2019), providing medical genome sequencing services, Carmenta (acquired by Progenity, 2015), discovering diagnostics for pregnancy complications, and NuMedii, finding new uses for drugs through open molecular data. Dr. Butte trained in Computer Science at Brown University, worked as a software engineer at Apple and Microsoft, received his MD at Brown University, trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Endocrinology at Children's Hospital Boston, then received his PhD from Harvard Medical School and MIT.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Human Genetics
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Research Summary: 
Dr. Butte builds and applies tools that convert more than 400 trillion points of molecular, clinical, and epidemiological data into diagnostics, therapeutics, and new insights into disease.
Mentorship Development: 

5/2021 - Sharpening your Mentoring Skills (SyMS)


Accurate, Robust, and Scalable Machine Abstraction of Mayo Endoscopic Subscores From Colonoscopy Reports.

Inflammatory bowel diseases

Silverman AL, Bhasuran B, Mosenia A, Yasini F, Ramasamy G, Banerjee I, Gupta S, Mardirossian T, Narain R, Sewell J, Butte AJ, Rudrapatna VA

Real-world effectiveness of ustekinumab and vedolizumab in TNF-exposed pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis.

Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition

Patel PV, Zhang A, Bhasuran B, Ravindranath VG, Heyman MB, Verstraete SG, Butte AJ, Rosen MJ, Rudrapatna VA, ImproveCareNow Pediatric IBD Learning Health System

Algorithmic Identification of Treatment-Emergent Adverse Events From Clinical Notes Using Large Language Models: A Pilot Study in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics

Silverman AL, Sushil M, Bhasuran B, Ludwig D, Buchanan J, Racz R, Parakala M, El-Kamary S, Ahima O, Belov A, Choi L, Billings M, Li Y, Habal N, Liu Q, Tiwari J, Butte AJ, Rudrapatna VA

Characterisation of digital therapeutic clinical trials: a systematic review with natural language processing.

The Lancet. Digital health

Miao BY, Sushil M, Xu A, Wang M, Arneson D, Berkley E, Subash M, Vashisht R, Rudrapatna V, Butte AJ

To do no harm - and the most good - with AI in health care.

Nature medicine

Goldberg CB, Adams L, Blumenthal D, Brennan PF, Brown N, Butte AJ, Cheatham M, deBronkart D, Dixon J, Drazen J, Evans BJ, Hoffman SM, Holmes C, Lee P, Manrai AK, Omenn GS, Perlin JB, Ramoni R, Sapiro G, Sarkar R, Sood H, Vayena E, Kohane IS, RAISE Consortium