John Cai, MD, PhD, FAMIA, is Executive Director, Real-world Data Analytics and Innovation, in the Merck Center for Observational and Real-World Evidence (CORE). He is leading a team of data scientists and outcomes researchers to generate real-world evidence and insights through innovative and advanced analytics. John has more than 20 years of experience in biomedical and clinical research across academic, biotech, and pharmaceutical settings. John received his medical training from China Medical University and his Medical Informatics training from Harvard Medical School. Pursuing a passion for both medicine and computing, John has co-authored peer-reviewed publications in the areas of medical informatics, machine learning, clinical trials, and cancer genomics. John is a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), and also serves in the AMIA Industry Advisory Council.