Our Fellows

Claire DeBolt, MD, PGY-6

Hi! My name is Claire DeBolt. I am from San Diego, California, and received my undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. I went to UVA for medical school and then bounced back to California, where I did my Internal Medicine Residency at the University of California, San Francisco. While I loved all of my time in California, I missed Charlottesville and had such a great experience here as a medical student that I came back for my fellowship training. The faculty in Pulmonary and critical Care and Clinical Informatics were extremely supportive of my pursuing a combined fellowship pathway. I hope to combine my interests in clinical outcomes research, quality improvement, and clinical informatics to advance critical care. I am thrilled to be training again at UVA!


Moira Smith, MD, MPH PGY-5

I grew up in Danville, VA, and majored in biology and religious studies at the University of Virginia. I earned my Master of Public Health and went to medical school at UVA, followed by a residency in emergency medicine. I did biomedical informatics work in biomedical engineering and neuroimmunology labs prior to and during medical school. During residency, I realized clinical informatics is a great way to combine my research interests with my clinical interests. I have greatly enjoyed working closely with Dr. Tim Layng and the other CI faculty on projects covering the breadth of CI including clinical decision support, building Epic tools, extracting and analyzing data from the electronic health record, quality improvement, and more. I also work as an attending physician in the Emergency Department.



Past Fellows

Tim Layng, DO, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Virginia 
I am originally from Pennsylvania and received my undergraduate degree from a small college in Bethlehem called Moravian, where I was also on the track and field team. I headed down to VCOM in Blacksburg for medical school, and Virginia has held on to me ever since. I completed my emergency medicine residency at VCU in Richmond where I served as a chief resident. I developed an interest in Clinical Informatics while at VCU and was very excited to complete my fellowship in CI here! Throughout my fellowship, I was involved in a variety of projects that spanned all aspects of informatics including clinical decision support, Epic certifications, database training, and SQL, quality improvement, and telemedicine via implementation of Virtual Urgent Care. I’ve enjoyed working with everyone here at UVA and am very excited to stay on as faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine.


Bryan Thorne M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia and Director of Clinical Informatics at Fortify Children’s Health
I am originally from southwest Virginia by way of Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!!!). I completed my MD/PhD at UVA in Biomedical Engineering, and went on to complete my residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Clinical Informatics here as well. Clinical Informatics gives me the opportunity to improve the lives of my colleagues and patients through innovative use of technology and the EHR. At UVA I attend in our pediatric teaching clinic and the newborn nursery, and I spend my informatics time doing clinical decision support. During my Clinical Informatics fellowship I worked with a new pediatric clinically integrated network (CIN) called Fortify Children’s Health, founded by UVA and Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and I now serve as the Director of Clinical Informatics for Fortify. Fortify does value-based contracting with insurers and has more than 150,000 pediatric lives under contract. In my role there I direct EHR onboarding and integration for our population health platform, as well as oversee a 5-person reporting and analytics team.