Overview of Services

Our core mission is to help researchers who want to use the electronic health record data (EHR) to address their research questions. We provide phenotyping services that leverage structured and semi-structured data that have been organized for high throughput phenotyping. The data elements we rely on include claims data (ICD and CPT codes), lab results, pathology reports, and other structured and semi-structured data elements of the EHR.

We have a lot of experience applying these phenotypes to using genetic data and can provide guidance to researchers on methods like PheWAS, LabWAS, and phenotype risk scores (PheRS). Although most of the requests we field pertain to questions about genetics, we can help with projects that require custom phenotyping that is more complex than a simple “data pull” but still does not require the most sophisticated natural language processing methods.



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PheWAS Assessment


Center Director: Josh Peterson, MD
Core Scientific Director: Lisa Bastarache, MS
Core Operations Manager: Brian Aloisi
General Questions:

Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday to Friday  
8am -5pm 

2525 West End Ave, Suite 1500


Links and Resources

Center for Precision Medicine
PheWAS Catalog
VUMC Office of Research - iLab User Guides & FAQs


Billing Number Activation

 VUMC Investigators with VUMC center numbers:
  All VUMC billing numbers are activated in iLab via a nightly feed from Workday. Grant Worktags are auto-assigned to the PI's lab group. All other funds (Cost Centers, Gift or Program Worktags) must be claimed within the PI's Lab Group.
 VU Investigators with VU CoA or POET numbers:
  VU users will manage the VU billing numbers via the webform on the VUMC Office of Research website
 Vanderbilt Investigators with VA (Veteran Affairs) funding: 
  Contact the VUMC Office of Research at to request access to your VA funding.  All investigators with VA funding are assigned a VA billing number (999999xxxx). The VUMC Office of Research manages VA billing numbers in coordination with the VA Research Administration.