Joseph Rudolf, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Joseph Rudolf

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-2607

Office Address:
D217 Mayo Memorial Bldg.
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address:
MMC 609
420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Additional Locations

Fairview Health Services, 150B, 323 Stinson Blvd N.E. Minneapolis, MN 55413 

Phone: 612-672-7122

Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Director of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Informatics, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Chief Medical Informatics Officer (LMP-CMIO), Fairview Health Services

Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics (IHI)

MD, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, 2012

Residency in Clinical Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2015

Fellowship in Clinical Informatics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 2017

BA, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, 2007


Dr. Rudolf serves as the Director of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Informatics for the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Chief Medical Informatics Officer (LMP-CMIO) for Fairview Health Services. In his clinical capacity, he works at the interface between the department and Fairview Health Services’ Information Technology team to advance the department’s strategic goals in informatics and support the enterprise clinical laboratory operations. Rudolf also seeks to expand the role of pathology informatics in scientific research and education.

Rudolf’s clinical, research, and operational activities center around:

  • Clinical decision support
  • Utilization management
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Process improvement to reduce variation in practice and promote quality and safety

Clinical laboratories generate immense volumes of data. The data is used to deliver clinical care and create value both for the patient and health system in outcomes and efficiencies. Aggregated data can inform organizations about testing volume and costs, variation in practices within and between health systems, and highlight opportunities for improving clinical processes and patient safety. This data also has potentially valuable secondary uses in research. Rudolf and his informatics colleagues are leveraging information technology applications and infrastructure to guide changes that streamline clinical testing practices, standardize workflows, reduce cost, and facilitate collaborations to create best practices across the health system’s diagnostic testing laboratories. During his training, Rudolf developed expertise in designing and implementing technologies to support reporting and analytics and improve clinical care. He and his research colleagues found that routine auditing and continuous feedback are crucial to the optimization of laboratory test ordering practices in academic health centers.

Rudolf also has an interest in informatics education including the department’s informatics curriculum, which includes rotations for medical students, residents and fellows. He is also an affiliate faculty member in the Institute for Health Informatics (IHI) at the University of Minnesota. The IHI performs research in informatics and provides graduate training programs in biomedical and health informatics.  



Rudolf JW, Garcia CA, Hanna MG, Williams CL, Balis UG, Pantanowitz L, et al. Career paths of pathology informatics fellowship alumni. J Pathol Inform 2018;9:14.

Joseph W. Rudolf, MD Anand S. Dighe, MD, PhD Christopher M. Coley, MD Irina K. Kamis, MS, RD, PMPBradley M. Wertheim, MD Douglas E. Wright, MD, PhD Kent B. Lewandrowski, MD Jason M. Baron, MD. Analysis of Daily Laboratory Orders at a Large Urban Academic Center: A Multifaceted Approach to Changing Test Ordering Patterns. American Journal of Clinical Pathology, Volume 148, Issue 2, 1 August 2017, Pages 128–135.

Joseph Rudolf, MD
, Brian R. Jackson, MD, Andrew R. Wilson, PhD, MStat,3 Kristi J. Smock, MD, and Robert L. Schmidt, MD, PhD, MBA. Organizational Benchmarks for Test Utilization Performance: An Example Based on Positivity Rates for Genetic Tests. Am J Clin Pathol April 2017;147:382-389.
DOI: 10.1093/AJCP/AQX019

Joseph Rudolf, Elizabeth Lee-Lewandrowski, Kent Lewandrowski, James Januzzi, Ednan Bajwa, Jason Baron. ST2 Predicts Mortality and Length of Stay in a Critically Ill Noncardiac Intensive Care Unit Population. AJCP. Volume 145:2, 203-210. 2016.

Joseph Rudolf, Joseph Douglass, Jason Baron, Kent Lewandrowski. Evaluation of the i-STAT point-of-care capillary whole blood hematocrit and hemoglobin: Comparison to the Siemens RAPIDLab 1200, Sysmex XE5000, and manual spun hematocrit. Clinica Chimica Acta. Volume 446, 15 June 2015, 37-42.

Garcia CA, Baron JM, Beckwith BA, Brodsky V, Dighe AS, Gudewicz TM, Kim JY, Klepeis VE, Lane WJ, Lee RE, Levy BP, Mahowald MA, Mandelker D, McClintock DS, Quinn AM, Rao LK, Riedlinger GM, Rudolf J, Gilbertson JR. Environmental components and methods for engaging pathology residents in informatics training. J Pathol Inform. 2015 Jun 29;6:42.


Board Certifications

Clinical Pathology