Pegeen Ryan-Murray is one of three team members working with the Duke Center for Health Informatics (DCHI). As the operations coordinator, Pegeen helps ensure everything at DCHI runs smoothly, from the website and weekly seminars to DCHI Director Dr. Ed Hammond’s travel schedule.
Since joining DCHI in April 2017, Pegeen helps manage the center’s Informatics Research Seminars. Held every Wednesday during the academic year, these seminars are a partnership between Duke, North Carolina Central University, UNC - Chapel Hill, UNC - Charlotte, and East Carolina University. These seminars focus on prominent trends and data in the informatics landscape, from health IT programs in hospitals to using electronic medical records in research. Pegeen helps collect speaker information, advertise the weekly seminars, coordinate with the partner universities, and process the necessary documentation for attendees to receive continuing education credit.
“There’s such a wide range of topics we cover in the seminars, there’s something for everyone,” Pegeen said. “They’re a great resource for people in the informatics field.”
Before working for DCHI, Pegeen held positions at Duke in the Faculty Club, the Office of Undergraduate Scholars & Fellows (OUSF), and the Pratt School of Engineering. When she heard about her current role, Pegeen was attracted to the work and the challenge of the informatics field. She’s since taken medical terminology classes to brush up on her skills.
“This is a whole new ball game for me,” she said. “My goal in the position is to take everything in and learn as much as I possibly can.”
Pegeen has also enjoyed getting to work more closely with CTSI and is fascinated by the work taking place. Although her team works in Hock Plaza, she tries to take advantage of any opportunity to meet with CTSI team members on campus and in downtown Durham.
Throughout her career, Pegeen has always sought to make herself a helpful resource to others. While maintaining her daily responsibilities, she tries to remain cognizant of little things she can do to help out her DCHI team members. Part of that drive comes from the importance she places on teamwork.
“The best advice I ever received was, to be a good leader, you have to listen and include everyone in the decision-making process,” she said. “I always try to act on that by listening to my teammates and helping them in any way I can.”