Tom McCormick

Tom McCormick

Columbia, Maryland

Network Association: PaTH Clinical Data Research Network

I got involved in ADAPTABLE when my primary care doctor called me early one morning and convinced me that I could make a useful contribution to the program.  I think it is important that patients be involved in medical research because many times, what is important to the doctor is not the same as what is important to the patient.

I think that ADAPTABLE is an important study largely because it is the first big medical research project to attempt to use electronic medical records. There is a wealth of information recorded in electronic medical records. These records make it possible to do research with thousands of patients and produce results that will help physicians and patients find answers to their health questions.  I enjoy the feeling of involvement in a worthwhile endeavor.

What are two or three of your hobbies?

I enjoy reading about history, going to non-credit educational classes and being involved with my family.

What is your favorite book, movie, or song?

I loved the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. I also read about 30 some Wizard of Oz books to my daughters when they were young. (Yes, the original "Wizard of Oz" book had many sequels). When I visit my daughter, I am reading those books to my oldest grandson.

What would be the three words your friends use to describe you?

My grand kids call me "Silly PaPa." I try to think of funny things to make them laugh.