Chair, Division of Clinical Informatics; Associate Professor of Pediatrics


  • BS, Chemistry-Biochemistry, Cum Laude, Millersville University, Millersville Pennsylvania
  • DO, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences COM, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Allergy-Immunology Fellowship Training; Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey Pennsylvania
  • Internal-Medicine Pediatrics Residency Training; Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey Pennsylvania
  • Graduate Certificate, Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics, Houston, Texas

Courses Taught

  • Big Data/Population Health Content
  • Clinical Immunology Content

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • Clinical Immunology Society


Dr. Rider is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine (LUCOM) and a practicing clinical immunologist at Liberty Mountain Medical Group. He serves as Chair of the LUCOM Division of Clinical Informatics which engages in research, education and in the development of a learning health system along the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Dr. Rider’s overarching aspirations are to improve the health, well-being, and outcomes for patients with immunologic disorders via compassionate, patient-centric care and the exploitation of computational methods for driving insight about disease biology and the refinement of healthcare systems.

Prior to joining the faculty at LUCOM, Dr. Rider practiced Allergy-Immunology at the Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and was an Associate Chief Medical Information Officer in Data Operations. He was also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Baylor College of Medicine and held numerous leadership roles within the Division of Immunology, Allergy and Retrovirology. Dr. Rider retains an adjunct faculty appointment at the University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics in Houston with strong research collaborations there.

Research Interests

Dr. Rider runs CHILI, the Computational Human Immunology Lab and Innovation hub, at LUCOM. His lab focuses on utilizing various data sources for computational and probabilistic approaches towards predicting and forecasting clinical outcomes, patient finding, immunologic feature representation, biological/disease mechanism discovery, understanding health disparities and quality tracking of healthcare outcomes. He and his team leverage data science, artificial intelligence/machine learning and data visualization approaches for these and other use cases. Dr. Rider’s work is/has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Jeffrey Model Foundation and Pharma among other agencies. His team is always seeking collaborators who are likeminded, value diversity, inclusivity, openness and a willingness to move beyond what is currently understood in order to improve the future state. Our work is both computational and translational in nature as we endeavor to address knowledge gaps which can have immediate impact upon human health and well-being. Please do reach out should you have interest in our work or in a potential collaborative engagement.


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