Making a Difference, Here & Beyond
The community invests in Dell Med. In return, it’s our responsibility — one we take seriously — to be agents for change and to show real impact.
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Creating a New Kind of Doctor
We recruit and train physician leaders as comfortable taking on systemic challenges in health as caring for individual patients.
Improving Care. Improving Health.
We’re here to make health — including health care — better. The end goal is a complete revolution in how people get and stay healthy.
Discovery to Impact — Faster
We reward creative thinking and encourage rapid experimentation, using collaborative programs to speed promising research to market.
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Let’s Do Big Things Together
True health demands that the whole work in harmony, which is why we’re dedicated to partnership. Indeed, we can’t achieve our goals without it.
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Meet Dell Med
We’re rethinking the role of academic medicine in improving health — and doing so with a unique focus on our community.
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Kelly Gaither, Ph.D.


Ph.D., Computational Engineering
Mississippi State University

M.S., Computer Sciences
Texas A&M


Kelly Gaither joined Dell Medical School from the Texas Advanced Computing Center, where she is a senior research scientist, the director of visualization and the interim director of education and outreach. Gaither obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University in computer sciences and completed her Ph.D. in computational engineering at Mississippi State University. She has received a number of honors and awards including the IEEE Service Award for Chairing IEEE Visualization and the Outstanding Staff Researcher award.

Gaither’s research focuses on visual analytics of large, heterogeneous health-related data. Her work has been supported by several grants funded by entities such as the Department of Homeland Security, Microsoft Corp. and the National Science Foundation. Her work has been published in journals such as IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics and Computing in Science & Engineering, and she has co-authored textbook chapters.

Gaither lives in Austin with her husband Adam. When not working, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

Professional Affiliations
  • Association for Computing Machinery
  • IEEE Computer Society
  • Visualization and Analytics for Decision Support, Operational Management, Social Media and Scientific Discovery, 2018
  • Diversity Committee Member and Visualization Showcase, Chair 2017
  • VisTech Workshop, Co-Chair, 2015
Awards & Honors
  • Service Award for Chairing Large Data Analysis & Visualization Symposium, 2015
  • Service Award for Chairing IEEE Visualization, 2004
  • Outstanding Staff Researcher, 2000
    Mississippi State University