bio site for charles e. potter, cphims



Prior to my first contract with IBM T.J. Watson Research Center (1978) I was involved in emerging technologies and music.  These technologies included: early microprocessor HEX programming (MC6800 chip set), building S-100 bus systems, music spectroscopy, analog oscillators for sound synthesis and early D/A converters.  In 1977, while a student at Juilliard, I was introduced to Dale Teaney, PhD. from IBM and we began to investigate applications of real-time audio spectroscopy to music.  This work required the invention of an FFT based spectrum analyzer with external TTL circuits to process the signal and generate graphical output.  This work led to an agreement between Juilliard and IBM to install the system in the Electronic Music Lab at Juilliard.  I signed consulting agreements with IBM in the Computer Science and Behavioral Psychology Departments at the T.J. Watson Research Center.  I was appointed Electronic Music Fellow at Juilliard in 1979 and the system was installed in the Electronic Music Lab at Juilliard.


IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center
1978 – 1981

Responsible for the development of  FFT real-time spectrum analyzer, graphical output design and training guidelines.  The system used a 512 line , 33ms FFT instrument with the output sampled every 65ms at a logarithmically uniform density of 96 points/octave and stored in 512x10 bit buffers.  An 8 octave RMS display allows the teacher to input and store a sound spectrum which the student then attempts  to match spectrographically in real-time.   In addition, I served as advisor in the development of a digital simulation of a “well tempered” approach to real-time  spectral analysis.

Related Citations:

Potter CE, Teaney DT. 1979 The real-time power spectrum in instrument and voice teaching.
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America; Suppl 1, Fall

Cogan R, Potter CE, Teaney DT.  1979 The soundscore in composition and analysis.
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America; Suppl 1, Fall


IBM, T.J. Watson Research Center
1978 – 1981

Basic and applied research into applications of real-time FFT spectrum analysis in music, music pedagogy and composition.   Responsibilities included studies of single instrument spectra and the definitions of auditory and spectral differences between musicians.  The group also studied the musician – machine interface and the information presented by the system.


The Juilliard School,
1979 - 1981

Teaching responsibilities for graduate course in electronic music, under Dr. Hubert Howe. The course included  analog sound synthesis,  musique concrète techniques and PDP-11 based sound generation using heterodyne filters and frequency modulation. Classes participated in research on the use of FFT as a method for notating non-instrumental sounds for use in performance.

Related Citation:

Potter CE,
1980 Sonic transliteration applied to descriptive music notation.
Proceedings International Computer Music Conference; 245


B1-B Avionics and Armaments Maintenance Trainer/Simulator:
Alta Technologies-Rockwell International (U.S. Air Force)
Feb 1986 – Dec 1987

Responsible engineer for digital and analog switch and indicator encoding for the Offensive Systems Officer (OSO) and Defensive Systems Operator (DSO) positions.    Also responsible for data design and communication protocols to upload the encoded switch/ indicator data from CPM and PC DOS microprocessor based systems  to the Rockwell UNIX simulator controller.   Performed the simulator integration and verification exercises for the OSO and DSO positions.  Managed 2 junior engineer/programmer FTEs.

Syncrovoice – Medical  Instrumentation
Jan 1988 – Mar 1989

MIDIVOX ™  is  a Fourcin electrolaryngograph based voice MIDI controller interface with multiple applications in music, vocal health and otolaryngology.  Responsibilities included user interface design and programming using an embedded control language similar to Basic.  A UNIX based PC was interfaced with the device to upload and test the proprietary controller program.  The last version,  MIDIVOX III, may still be available.


Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, (MSKCC)
Breast Cancer Research Laboratory
April 1989 – Aug 1991


General responsibilities included database design, study accrual management software, research data collection,  quality assurance, compliance monitoring and data exportation to the Bio-Statistics Department for analysis.   I was specifically responsible for protocol compliance and reporting among seven surgeons, four scientists and two research nurses for  MSKCC IRB 85-70 a clinical research study of bone marrow micrometastasis, which involved invasive procedures and sample analysis .  Three data collector FTEs reported directly to me. 


1) Developed a tumor registry using Borland Paradox and C to track and report tumor samples used for onccogene studies in the Breast Cancer Research Laboratory.  The systems were developed on PC based workstations then uploaded to the MSKCC VAX/VMS system through the institutional network backbone.

2) Developed relational database for MSKCC IRB 85-70 which stored demographic, surgical, radiological, tumor and follow-up data.    Although the technology has matured, this dataset, with 20+ year follow-up data) continues to be used in current research.

 3) Developed accrual management and reporting system and database.  Features included  automated study ID generation, weekly and monthly automated reporting including graphs of accrual by surgeon. 

4) Served on the MSKCC Research Database Development Committee charged with a review of DB2, Ingress and Oracle for development of an enterprise level research database.  The system was eventually developed using Oracle and is still in operation today.

Related Citations:

McKinnon WMP, Borgen PI, Hoffman B, Potter C, Wong GY, Kinne DW, Osborne MP.  1992, Current management of male breast cancer: A review of 108 cases. 
Annals of Surgery; 215:451-459

Osborne MP, Wong GY, Cote RJ, Liu J, Potter C, Killackey D, Old LJ, Rosen PP. 1991, Breast cancer micrometastases in bone marrow: detection by fluorescein-labelled monoclonal antibodies predicts early relapse.  Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology; 10:45

Osborne MP, Cote RJ, Asina S, Wong GY, Potter C, Killackey D, Rosen PP.  1990, Immunofluorescent monoclonal antibody detection of bone marrow micrometastases in patients with unilateral stages I-III invasive breast cancer.  Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; 16:194

Weill Medical College of Cornell and Strang Cancer Prevention Center

In 1991, Dr. Michael Osborne, Head of the MSKCC Breast Cancer Research Laboratory joined Weill Cornell Medical College as Head of Breast Services and CEO of Strang Cancer Prevention Center.  I was offered the dual positions of Manager of Information Systems (Research Computing) at Cornell and Director of Medical Informatics at Strang Cancer Prevention Center. 

Weill Cornell Medical College, Department  of Surgery


Strang Cancer Prevention Center
Sept 1991 – Jun 2001


1) Directs the operation of all aspects of Strang Information Systems including the following four general areas of interest: operational computing - programming support for all patient care and administrative platforms; research computing - database development and application software for clinical research, laboratory systems and research data management; information services - in-house software documentation, training and  administration; application technology – evaluates software/hardware for application development and strategic applications of new technologies to Strang/Cornell programs in development.

2) Heads Strang software and systems engineering development group: engineers software and designs systems for archiving medical records, interactive chart review, remote national disease screening systems, and research data archive.  Tests,  debugs and documents  all software and systems.

3) Performs financial activities: develops and manages Strang IS annual budget; implements $1,500,000 hardware and software development program; makes purchasing decisions for hardware and software for all Strang divisions.  Manages all external technology related consulting and support agreements; evaluates vendor products and performance.

4) Hires, recommends salary, trains assigns and evaluates performance of IT staff.  Manages consultants and temporary personnel as necessary.

5) Participates in scientific and academic as directed by the CEO of Strang.  May be listed as co-author on publications.  Participates on planning and development committees. Responsible for the development of IT protocols , architectures and research computing policies and procedures.

Accomplishments – Research Computing:

1) Founded the Strang-Cornell Research Computing Group creating over 200 database applications supporting clinical and laboratory research.   The group focused on application development, network architecture, long-term data management protocols and communication standards.

2)  Developed and provided infrastructure, database development, web development and user support for the following Strang/Cornell research laboratories and programs:

Julian H. Robertson Jr. Carcinogenesis and Prevention Laboratory

Nitin T. Telang, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist and Head, Strang Cancer Prevention Center
Associate Research Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Cellular Genetics Laboratory

Anthony M.C. Brown, Ph.D.
Scientific Director, Strang Cancer Research Laboratory at Rockefeller University
Associate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology,
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Clinical Chemoprevention Research Laboratory

Martin Lipkin, MD
Director of Clinical Research Strang Cancer Prevention Center
Professor of Medicine Weill Cornell Medical College
Professor, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Clinical Colorectal Cancer Prevention Program

Peter R. Holt, MD
Director, James E. Olson Colon Cancer Prevention Program
Senior Scientist, Strang Cancer Research Laboratory
Professor of Medicine (Emeritus), Columbia University
Adjunct Senior Scientist, Rockefeller University

Iris Cantor Clinical Research Unit


Michael P. Osborne, M.D.
President/CEO Strang Cancer Prevention Center
Professor, Dept. of Surgery Weill Cornell Medical College

Mammary Tumorigenesis Laboratory

Louise R. Howe, Ph.D.
Head, Mammary Tumorigenesis Laboratory, Strang Cancer Prevention Center
Assistant Professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Preventive Oncology Research

George YC Wong, Ph.D.
Head, Preventive Oncology Research, Strang Cancer Prevention Center
Professor, Department of Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University

3) Developed object oriented subject screening software for the NCI/NSABP Tamoxifen trial.

4) Developed the FHx Engine and Database for the National High Risk Registry (NHRR), a registry of 16,000 asymptomatic women at risk for breast cancer based upon family history.  Finalist in the Windows World Open (1995) and Uniforum Open (1995) software competitions.

5) Developed Genetic Outreach System ver. 2.0 which expanded the NHRR to include an Internet portal,  touch-screen interface and media database for mammograms, pathology slides and DNA data.  Patients from this system were recruited and participated  in the discovery of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.  The system won the Windows World Open  in 1996 and was inducted into the Permanent Research Collection of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution in 1998 for contributions to medicine and technology.  (Citation Link:

6) Supported  recruitment of scientist through the  NCI funded Clinical Nutrition Research Unit (CNRU) focusing on  basic and clinical nutrition research in cancer prevention and control.

7) Developed database administration and systems support for all funded (public and private) research protocols.  The systems and database platforms included: Data-General minicomputer using COGNOS  database,  VAX/VMS Oracle database,  MS Access, Borland Paradox and MS SQlServer.

8) Invented Object Class Networks (OCNs)– an object model for computation of breast cancer risk.

9) Invented Genetic Object Class Networks (GOCNs) – an extension of OCNs to include genetic/neural network techniques for computing breast cancer risk.

Accomplishments – Clinical and Administrative Systems and Network Infrastructure:

1) Designed and implemented LAN/WAN networks for Strang ambulatory care clinic.  Replaced  Data General minicomputer system and ported all COGNOS clinical and research registry data to MS SQLServer.

2) Designed and constructed Strang 30 server data farm facility..

3) Designed and implemented initial Novell network (1991-92) then transitioned to Windows NT/Active Directory network. Developed administrative and security policies for 15 server/200 user Windows NT network.

4) Designed MS SQL Server/VB enterprise  appointment and registration system.  This system, developed and installed in 1993, remained in operation until 2002.  Upgraded  software and RDBMS versions were developed and installed every 3 years.

5) Developed remote access  tele-radiology conference system for use by the surgeon, radiologist, oncologist and patient during consultation. (implemented in the Strang-Cornell Breast Center in 1994)

6) Integrated Health Information Management (Medical Records) into the Medical Informatics group.

7) Evaluated and implemented Cougar Mountain, Peachtree and Sage MAS 90 financial systems. (1992-2003)

8) Created  (1996-2007) intranet for administrative and employee support.  Features included policy and procedure manual, employee handbook, all administrative forms FAQs and bulletin board.

9)  Created and maintained, an IIS based internet site. Features  included patient portal and a clinical appointment scheduling system. ( SSL secured).  Winner Golden Web Award (2003)

10) Developed and provided infrastructure, clinical applications, database development, web development and user support for the Strang/Cornell Ambulatory Care Center programs: Strang-Cornell Breast Center, Strang Psychological Services, James E. Olson Colon Cancer Program, Strang-Cornell Gastrointestinal Program, Strang Genetics Program and CANSCREEN™ programs.

Related Citations:

Potter Charles E, James G. Beldock, 1997, Genetic object class networks (GOCN):  Transformational modeling of breast cancer risk and family history data. Annals of New York Academy of Sciences; 833: 164-168

James G. Beldock, Potter Charles E, 1997, Physician and counselor tailored hybrid computer interfaces for cancer genetics risk analysis software. Annals of New York Academy of Sciences; 833: 154-163

Singhal Hemant, Potter Charles E, Osborne Michael P., 1997, No effect of timing of biopsy in the menstrual cycle on incidence of bone marrow micrometastasis in patients with breast cancer. Annals of Surgical Oncology; 4:503-504

Potter Charles E, James G. Beldock, 1996, Model scope, analysis reconciliation and report flexibility limitations of the Strang Breast Cancer Risk Evaluator. Proceedings Strang International Cancer Prevention Conference, Rockefeller University New York

Potter CE, Beldock JG, Rosenthal G, Osborne MP.  1995,  A clinical friendly computer program for calculating breast cancer risk using the gail and claus models. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; 768:301

Potter CE,
Beldock JG. 1995 Object class networks for interface-independent calculation with gail and claus models. 
Annals of New York Academy of Sciences; 768:308-311.

Potter CE, Wu V, Woo D, Wong G.  1995, Strang national high risk registry (NHRR) database: systems and data normalization for long-term data management.  Proceedings of Society of Clinical Trials; 3:120
Singhal H, Cote RJ, Potter C, Osborne MP. 1994,  Bone marrow micrometastases (BMM) in breast cancer: relationship to local-regional disease status. Proceedings of American Society of Clinical Oncology;13:215

Singhal H, Tiwari R, Hoda S, Li G, Potter C, Osborne MP. 1994 Association of bone marrow micrometastases, an early marker of relapse, with mutant p53 overexpression. Proceedings Surgical Oncology and Associated Immunology;  75-76

Potter CE, Beldock JG, Osborne MP, Rosenthal G. 1994 A computer program evaluates the risk of breast cancer for use by genetic counselors.  Proceedings American Society for Human Genetics Conference

Osborne MP, Cote RJ, Wong GY, Gonzalez A, Potter C, Vlamis V, Rosen PP. 1993, Bone marrow micronmetastases (BMM) in breast cancer:  The effect of systemic tumor cell (TC) burden on early relapse.  Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology;12:102

Osborne MP, Potter CE, Borgen PI, Wong GY, Lubin MB, Miller DG. 1992 Surveillance programs for women at increased risk of breast cancer due to a family history in first degree relatives.  Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology;11:147

Osborne MP, Potter CE, Borgen PI, Wong GY, Lubin MB, Miller DG. 1992, Surveillance programs for women at increased risk of breast cancer due to family history in first degree relatives. Proceedings of the American Association for Cancer Research; 11:147


Primary Position at Strang Cancer Prevention Center with Academic Appointment  to Weill Cornell Medical College,  Department of Surgery - 2001-2007

In 2001 all Strang, Strang/Cornell clinical operations and ambulatory care center programs were merged into Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital.  I was promoted to  Chief Information Officer at Strang with an academic appointment as Associate Computer Scientist in Surgery,  Weill Medical College of Cornell.


Strang Cancer Prevention Center/Preventive Medicine Institute
July 2001 – June 2007

In Addition To Responsibilities/Duties as Manager of Information Systems/Director of Medical Informatics:

1) Responsible for the Strang EHR, Medical Records and HIPAA privacy and security compliance. 

2) Implemented hardware development program with $500,000 annual budget.

3) Manages $ 1.5 million annual IT budget.  

4) Manages 15 FTEs with additional FTEs for data management as required.

5) Manages all external computer consulting, support agreements and HIPAA agreements.

6) Manages continued development of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical College/Strang interactive digital tele-pathology system in collaboration with Director Academic Computing, Cornell University Medical Center.

7) Manages all outsourced vendor contracts including IBM, Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and Eclipsys in addition to other contracts entered into by Strang Cancer Prevention Center   


1) Developed HGEN and XGEN, html and xml code generators for the creation of web based medical record.

2) Developed and implemented on-line medical records system.  This system had a positive ROI within four months and  ROI of 1.5 million over six years.  This system met the NYS Department of Health regulations regarding the retention of health information for a period of seven years.

3) Developed web site (SSL Secured) for supporting NCI funded clinical trials.  Supported Phase I Clinical Trial: NCI N01-CN-35111 Effect of Folate on Colonic and Blood Cells: Effect of folate supplementation upon colorectal mucosal and lymphocyte genes.

4) Developed hardware collaboration with IBM Life Science Division in support of colon and breast cancer registries.

5) Developed tumor registry interface with New York Hospital-Cornell.

6) Developed platform supporting the James E. Olson Colon Cancer Program and registry.  Winner Golden Web Award 2003.

7) Designed and implemented Healthy Children Healthy Futures research database for multi-generational nutritional studies.

8) Founded BioRisk Computing, Inc., a NYS corporate partnership for the dissemination of risk evaluation software.

Related Citation:

Carter BJ, Birnbaum AS, Hark L, Vickery B, Potter C, Osborne MP 2005 Using media messaging to promote healthy eating and physical activity among urban youth. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior;37(2): 98-99.

Weill Cornell Medical College
July 2001 – June 2007

Academic position providing research computing and informatics training in the Department of Surgery, Weil Medical College of Cornell.  Studies of genetic algorithms and neural networks in applied breast cancer risk applications. 

Seapotter Corporation
June 2007 – Current

I founded Seapotter Corporation in June of 2007 after 20 years in healthcare IT at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College and as CIO at Strang Cancer Prevention Center.  Seapotter Corporation provides IT consulting services to healthcare institutions and emerging public corporations specializing in systems development, business process analysis and healthcare compliance and legislation.

The business model includes two revenue sources: project based compensation for services and commissions from a network of partners and third party service providers which Seapotter Corp. provides to clients.

Selected partners and service providers include: NetSuite, UCA Services, Inc., All Covered, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Singtel, Dell and Advantage Communications Group.

Selected clients include: Healthy Children Healthy Futures, Healthy-Directions Inc, Arrow Resources Development (ARWD), Weill Cornell Medical College, Weintraub Surgical Practice, Empire Advisory LLC and Preventive Medicine Institute.

Major Responsibilities:

1) Develop the corporate vision.

2) Develop and implement strategic goals.

3) Define the corporate culture. Seapotter Corp. uses a ‘network of networks’ concept as the basis for its corporate culture.

4) Optimize the business process model.

5) Develop and implement the corporate budget.

6) Create and negotiate partnerships.

7) Develop teams across multiple partners/vendors in support of the strategic goals of Seapotter

Major Accomplishments:

1) Designed and implemented a ‘network of network’ operational plan by creating relationships between the client, Seapotter Corp and a network of partners and vendors.  Partnerships have been established with: UCA Services, Inc., All Covered, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Singtel, Dell and Advantage Communications Group.

2) Secured major contracts with: Arrow Resources Development Inc, Weill Cornell Medical College, Healthy Children Healthy Futures, Health-Directions, Inc., Center For Specialty Care, Inc., Preventive Medicine Institute, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (formerly the American Dietetic Association Foundation) and Empire Advisory, LLC.

3) Expanded healthcare IT support to small group practices and individual practices including internet management, applications support and ‘meaningful use’ guidelines and compliance as defined in ARRA Title XIII Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act’’ or the ‘‘HITECH Act.  and Title XXX Health Information and Quality (ONCHIT).   One such supported practice is Dr. Barry Weintraub, FACS, Center for Specialty Care which relies on Seapotter Corporation for internet site content management, LAN and server support and ARRA/HIPAA compliance management. 

4) Designed the technological infrastructure, communications and IT operations for Arrow Resources Development, Inc (ARWD)  plantations in Indonesia.  ARWD develops plantation operations and ethanol production facilities in Indonesia on 3 million hectares (ha) of land on the islands of Kalimantan and Sulawesi. The plan includes ten plantations with an ambulatory care facility at each plantation.  Estimated ARWD revenue at full production is estimated to be 300-350 million by 2011. Seapotter Corp. engaged Singtel to provide the communications backbone for Indonesian telecommunications and connectivity to the ARWD corporate headquarters in New York.  All financial, AR/PR and plantation management systems were designed and implemented in New York by Seapotter Corp. and maintained by  Advantage Communications Group (telecom) and All Covered, Inc. (server and desktop support).

5) Developed and implemented relational database registry system and internet support for Healthy Children Health Futures (HCHF).  The national nutrition database and education program is targeted at children, parents and grandparents in underserved populations located in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Baltimore.  This program is supported by the MetLife Foundation and the  American Diabetic Association.

6) Developed cloud based data warehouse for de-identified research data developed at Strang Cancer Prevention Center. 

7) Developed technology assessment system for the evaluation of companies being considered for public or private capitalization through Empire Advisory, LLC (  Companies reviewed for $20,000,000 or more in capital include ScaleMatrix, Inc. ( a San Diego based cloud company, Lightfleet, Inc. ( developer of light based network switches and  Quadrant 4, Inc (NASDAQ OTBB: QFOR) ( )a publically traded cloud company.

9) Content and site management for the following web sites:,,,,






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