Cody Wyles, M.D., receives funding for upcoming project, Mayo Clinic Rochester
Cody Wyles, M.D., Department of Orthopedics at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, received funding for the project “Mitigating Race and Sex Bias in Orthopedic Surgery Radiographic Registries with Deep Learning Models” from the Mayo Clinic Center for Digital Health Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Enablement Awards. The awards in this program are delivered in partnership with the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity and are funded as part of a grant from Dalio Philanthropies. The awards support projects that demonstrate how AI can be integrated into clinical practice to benefit health care professionals, patients and consumers in meaningful and measurable ways. The projects selected for 2023 promote the development and implementation of strategies to prevent or minimize the bias or social inequity that AI can introduce or reinforce. Dr. Wyles’ project aims to identify subtle imaging features associated with different sexes and races using machine learning and Mayo Clinic’s large X-ray databases for orthopedic patients. By taking this approach, biases in subsequent models can be recognized and controlled. The team also hopes to create new batches of X-rays for underrepresented groups to help balance datasets and provide a broader representation of the patient population. Dr. Wyles is an assistant professor of orthopedics and anatomy in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science.