Maxim Topaz PhD, RN

  • Elizabeth Standish Gill Associate Professor of Nursing at CUMC
Maxim Topaz, PhD, RN

Languages Spoken

  • Russian
  • Hebrew

    Education & Training

  • BA, 2007 Nursing , Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Israel)
  • PhD, 2014 Nursing Informatics , University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2016 Health Informatics (Postdoctoral fellowship), Harvard Medical School

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Honors & Awards

  • 2016: 1st palce- Best Homecare and Cancer hack
  • 2015: Theresa J. Lynch PhD Graduation Award
  • 2015: Finalist: VA Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge
  • 2013: Best Student Paper Competition Finalist
  • 2013: PhD Student Methodologist Award
  • 2010: Fulbright Israel- Alumni Prize
  • 2010 - 2014: Fulbright Fellowship (PhD studies)
  • 2008: Academic Excellence Award for M.A. Students


  1. Masterson Creber RM, Kang Y, Topaz M, Lennie TA, Riegel B. Discordance between Self-Reported and 24-Hour Urine Sodium Intake and Predictors of Sodium Non-Adherence, J Card Fail 2012;18-22.
  2. Meleis AI, Topaz M. Nursing theory of the future: situation-specific theories, Pflege 2011;24:345-347.
  3. Topaz M, Radhakrishnan K, Masterson-Creber R, Bowles KH. Putting evidence to work: Using standardized terminologies to incorporate clinical practice guidelines within homecare electronic health records. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics 2012;16:1694-1699.
  4. Topaz M, Bowles KH. Electronic Health Records and Quality of Care: Mixed Results and Emerging Debates. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics 2012;16.
  5. Topaz M, Shafran-Topaz L, Bowles KH. ICD-9 to ICD-10: Evolution, Revolution and Current Debates in the US, Perspectives in Health Information Management 2012.
  6. Topaz M. One paper’s journey: from class assignment to journal publication, Journal of Nursing Doctoral Students Scholarship 2013;1:54-57.
  7. Riegel B, Dickson VV, Topaz M. Qualitative Analysis of Naturalistic Decision Making in Adults with Chronic Heart Failure, Nurs Res 2012;62:91-8.
  8. Topaz M, Johnson A, Pinilla R, Rand C, George M. Primary Care Providers’ Attitudes and Beliefs About Patients’ Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use for Asthma Self-Management: An Exploratory Study, Journal of Asthma & Allergy Educators 2012;3:255-263.
  9. Bowles KH, Potashnik S, Ratcliffe SJ, Rosenberg M, Shih NW, Topaz M, Holmes JH, Naylor MD. Conducting research using the electronic health record across multi-hospital systems: semantic harmonization implications for administrators, J Nurs Adm 2013;43:355-360.
  10. Creber RM, Lee CS, Lennie TA, Topaz M, Riegel B. Using Growth Mixture Modeling to Identify Classes of Sodium Adherence in Adults With Heart Failure, J Cardiovasc Nurs 2013 [Epub ahead of print].
  11. George M,* Topaz M.* A systematic review of complementary and alternative medicine for asthma self-management, Nurs Clin North Am 2013;48:53-149.
  12. Masterson Creber R, Topaz M, Lennie TA, Lee CS, Puzantian H, Riegel B. Identifying predictors of high sodium excretion in patients with heart failure: A mixed effect analysis of longitudinal data, Eur J Cardiovasc Nurs 2013 [Epub ahead of print].
  13. Radhakrishnan K, Bowles K, Hanlon A, Topaz M, Chittams J. A retrospective study on patient characteristics and telehealth alerts indicative of key medical events for heart failure patients at a home health agency, Telemed J E Health 2013;19:664-670.
  14. Radhakrishnan K,* Topaz M,* Creber RM. Adapting Heart Failure Guidelines for Nursing Care in Home Health Settings: Challenges and Solutions, J Cardiovasc Nurs 2013 [Epub ahead of print].
  15. Topaz M, Troutman (Flood) M, MacKenzie M. Construction, Deconstruction and Reconstruction: A history and evolution of theories of aging. Nursing Science Quarterly 2013;19;27(3):226-233.
  16. Topaz M, Doron I. Nurses' attitudes toward older patients in acute care in Israel, Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 2013;18.
  17. Topaz M, Rao A, Masterson Creber R, Bowles KH. Educating clinicians on new elements incorporated into the electronic health record: theories, evidence, and one educational project, Comput Inform Nurs 2013;31:375-9.
  18. Topaz M. Developing a Clinical Decision Support Tool for Patient Prioritization at Admission to Home Health Care, AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2013 [Section: Doctoral Consortium on Sociotechnical Issues in Biomedical Informatics] 2013:681-686.
  19. Topaz M, Shalom E, Masterson-Creber R, Rhadakrishnan K, Monsen KA, Bowles KH. Developing nursing computer interpretable guidelines: a feasibility study of heart failure guidelines in homecare, AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2013; 1353-1361.
  20. Topaz M. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to nursing informatics theory: using the Data-Knowledge-Information-Wisdom framework to guide informatics research, Online Journal of Nursing Informatics 2013;13.
  21. Topaz M, Ash N. Overview of the US policies for health information technology and lessons learned for Israel [In Hebrew], Harefuah 2013;152:262-6, 310, 309.
  22. Gerber A, Topaz M. Promoting Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology in Israel: Ministry of Health Vision. Nursing Informatics Bi-Annual International Congress Proceedings 2014:568-575.
  23. Bowles KH, Hanlon A, Holland D, Potashnik SL, Topaz M. Impact of discharge planning decision support on time to readmission among older adult medical patients, Prof Case Manag 2014;19:29-38.
  24. Topaz M, Golfenshtein N, Bowles KH. The Omaha System: a systematic review of the recent literature, J Am Med Inform Assoc 2014;21:163-170.
  25. Zisberg A, Topaz M, Winterstein T. Effect of nursing education on students’ knowledge, attitudes and preferences to work with older adults: An Israeli perspective, Journal of Transcultural Nursing 2014: pii:1043659614526252. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24848351.
  26. George, M., Topaz, M., Rand, C., Mao, C. & Shea, J.A. Negative inhaled corticosteroid beliefs and complementary and alternative medicine use in urban adults with asthma. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2014; 134(6):1252-9.
  27. Topaz M, Kang Y, Holland D, Bowles KH. Higher 30 and 60-day readmissions among patients who refuse post acute care serves. American Journal of Managed Care [In Press, May 2015].
  28. Heil E, Tanzinger M, Hanon A, Topaz M, Bowles KH. Successful electronic implementation of discharge referral decision support has a positive impact on 30 and 60-day readmissions. Research in Nursing & Health [In Press, April 2015].
  29. Lai KH, Topaz M, Goss FR, Zhou L. Automated Misspelling Detection and Correction in Clinical Free-Text Records. J Biomed Inform 2015; S1532-0464(15)00075-1.
  30. Topaz M, Seger D, Lai K, Wickner P, Goss F, Dhopeshwarkar N, Chang F, Bates W D, Zhou L. High Override Rate for Opioid Drug-allergy Interaction Alerts: Current Trends and Recommendations for Future. MEDINFO 2105 proceedings.
  31. Zhou L, Baughman AW, Lei VJ, Lai KH, Navathe AS, Chang F, Sordo Sanchez M, Topaz M, Zhong F, Murrali M, Navathe S, Rocha RA. Identifying Patients with Depression Using Free-text Clinical Documents. MEDINFO 2105 proceedings [Best Paper Award Nominee].
  32. Topaz M, Lisby M, Morrison C, Levtzion-Korach O, Hockey PM, 5, Salzberg CA, Efrati N, Lipsitz S, Bates DW, Rozenblum R. Nurses' perspectives on patient satisfaction and expectations: An international cross-sectional multicenter study with implications for evidence-based practice. Worldviews on Evidence-Based Nursing [In Press, Fall 2015].
  33. Topaz M. Benefits and Lessons Learned from Organizing and Managing an International Nursing Students’ Group in Informatics, Journal of Nursing Doctoral Students Scholarship 2014;1: 4-7.
  34. Topaz M, Seger D, Lai K, Wickner P, Goss F, Dhopeshwarkar N, Chang F, Bates W D, Zhou L. Rising drug allergy alert overrides in electronic health records: an observational retrospective study of a decade of experience. J Am Med Inform Assoc   
  35. Nandigam  H, Topaz M. Mapping Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED-CT) to International Classification of Diseases 10 (ICD-10-CM): Lessons Learned from Applying National Library of Medicine’s Mappings. Perspectives in Health Information Management, July 2016.
  36. Topaz M, Ronquillo C, Pruinelli L, Ramos R, Peltonen LM, Siirala E, Atique S, Hamann G, Badger MK. Central trends in nursing informatics: students' reflections from International Congress on Nursing Informatics 2014 (Taipei, Taiwan). Comput Inform Nurs 2015 Mar;33(3):85-9. doi: 10.1097/CIN.0000000000000139. PubMed PMID: 25793554.
  37. Koru G, AlHuwail D, Topaz M, Norcio AF, Mills ME. Investigating the challenges and opportunities in home care to facilitate effective information technology adoption. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association [In Press, Fall 2015].
  38. Plasek JM, Goss FR, Lai KH, Lau JJ, Seger DL, Blumenthal KG, Wickner PG, Slight SP, Chang FY, Topaz M, Bates DW, Zhou L. Food entries in a large allergy data repository. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2015. pii: ocv128. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv128. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26384406.
  39. Huang KP, Joyce CJ, Topaz M, Guo Y, Mostaghimi A. Cardiovascular risk in patients with alopecia areata (AA): A propensity-matched retrospective analysis. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2016 May 13. pii: S0190-9622(16)01504-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2016.02.1234. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27183846.
  40. Topaz M, Radhakrishnan K, Blakley S, Lei V, Lai K, Zhou L. (2016). Studying associations between heart failure self-management and rehospitalizations using natural language processing. Western Journal of Nursing Research. pii: 0193945916668493.
  41. Topaz, M., Ronquillo, C., Peltonen, L., Pruinelli, L., Sarmiento, R., Badger, M., Ali, S., Lewis, A., Georgsson, M., Jeon, E., Tayaben, J., Kuo, C., Islam, T., Sommer, J., Jung, H., Eler, J., Alhuwail, D. Advancing nursing informatics in the next decade: recommendations from an international survey. The Bi-annual Congress in Nursing Informatics 2016, (NI 2016). Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016;225:123-7. PubMed PMID: 27332175.
  42. Peltonen, L., Topaz, M., Ronquillo, C., Pruinelli, L., Sarmiento, R., Badger, M., Ali, S., Lewis, A., Georgsson, M., Jeon, E., Tayaben, J., Kuo, C., Islam, T., Sommer, J., Jung, H., Eler, J., Alhuwail, D. Nursing Informatics Research Priorities for the Future: Recommendations from an International Survey. The Bi-annual Congress in Nursing Informatics 2016, (NI 2016). Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016;225:222-6. PubMed PMID: 27332195. [Nominated for best paper award]
  43. Topaz, M., Ronquillo, C., Peltonen L., et al. Low Satisfaction and Multi-level Concerns with Nursing Electronic Health Records: Results from an International Survey. Paper in AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings 2016 [Nominated for best paper award]
  44. Wang, L., Topaz, M., Plasek, J., Zhou, L. (2017). Content and Trends in Medical Informatics Publications Over the Past Two Decades. Bi-annual World Congress on Medical and Health Informatics, (MEDINFO).
  45. Topaz, M., Lai, K., Dowding, D., Lei, VJ., Zisberg, A., Bowles, KH., Zhou, L. (2016) Automated identification of wound information in clinical notes of patients with heart diseases: Developing and validating a natural language processing application. Int J Nurs Stud. 2016 Sep 19;64:25-31. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2016.09.013. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27668855.
  46. Topaz, M., Goss, F., Blumenthal, K., Lai, K., Seger, DL., Slight, SP., Wickner ,PG., Robinson, GA., Fung, KW., McClure, RC., Spiro, S., Acker, WW., Bates, DW., Zhou, L. (2016) Towards improved drug allergy alerts: Multidisciplinary expert recommendations. Int J Med Inform. 2017 Jan;97:353-355. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2016.10.006. PubMed PMID: 27729200
  47. Navathe, A., … Topaz, M., Zhou, L. (2017) Hospital Readmission and Social Risk Factors Identified from Physician Notes. Health Services Research
  48. O'Connor, M., Hanlon, A., Mauer, E.,…Topaz M, Naylor M. Identifying distinct risk profiles to predict adverse events among community-dwelling older adults. Geriatr Nurs. 2017 May 4. pii: S0197-4572(17)30067-8. doi: 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2017.03.013. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28479081.
  49. Acker WW, Plasek JM, Blumenthal KG, Lai KH, Topaz M, Seger DL, Goss FR, Slight SP, Bates DW, Zhou L. Prevalence of food allergies and intolerances documented in electronic health records. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017 Dec;140(6):1587-1591.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2017.04.006. Epub 2017 May 31. PubMed PMID: 28577971.
  50. Goss FR, Lai KH, Topaz M, Acker WW, Kowalski L, Plasek JM, Blumenthal KG, Seger DL, Slight SP, Wah Fung K, Chang FY, Bates DW, Zhou L. A value set for documenting adverse reactions in electronic health records. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2018 Jun 1;25(6):661-669. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx139. PubMed PMID: 29253169.. 
  51. Al Assad, W., Topaz, M., Tu, J., Zhou, L. (2017). Novel Application of Machine Learning to Evaluate the Adequacy of Information in Radiology Orders. IEEE International Conference on Bioinformatics and Biomedicine (BIBM).
  52. M. Topaz.,  Schaffer, A., Lai, K., Korach,  T., Einbinder, J., Zhou, L. (2018). Malpractice cases involving allergy information in the electronic health records: implications for safer systems.  Perspectives of Health Information Management (Summer 2018): 1-9.
  53. Topaz M, Schaffer A, Lai KH, Korach ZT, Einbinder J, Zhou L. Medical Malpractice Trends: Errors in Automated Speech Recognition. J Med Syst. 2018 Jul 9;42(8):153. doi: 10.1007/s10916-018-1011-9. PubMed PMID: 29987660.
  54. Dhopeshwarkar N, Sheikh A, Doan R, Topaz M, Bates DW, Blumenthal KG, Zhou L. Drug-induced Anaphylaxis Documented in Electronic Health Records. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2018 Jun 30. pii: S2213-2198(18)30411-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jaip.2018.06.010. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29969686.
  55. Topaz M, Trifilio M, Maloney D, Bar-Bachar O, Bowles K. (2018). Improving patient prioritization during hospital-homecare transition: a pilot study of a clinical decision support tool. Research in Nursing & Health [IN PRESS].

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