UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health professor Michael Kosorok is working to bring artificial intelligence to the public health field.

While computers may not replace human doctors anytime soon, artificial intelligence could soon play a critical role in our medical care.

Carolina biostatistics professor Michael Kosorok is leading the way in utilizing artificial intelligence to benefit public health.

“What I’m interested in my research is how we can use AI to make good decisions in medicine, so for example, whether to give a patient drug A or drug B,” said Kosorok, who teaches in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. “We’re on the cutting edge of this research, and we think we’re very, very close to breakthroughs.”

Computers have already learned how to diagnose skin cancer and assist doctors in surgeries, but Kosorok believes artificial intelligence is poised to make even more significant advancements in the next five to 10 years and bring a new level of personalization to patient care.

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Originally published Sept. 17, 2018.