Dr. Channin received a Bachelor's degree in computer science and molecular biology from Brandeis University. After graduation, he worked, as a programmer, for a couple of years, including stints at Digitial Equipment Corporation, Bolt Beranek and Newman, and MIT. Almost on a whim, Dr. Channin left the United States to study medicine at the Faculté de Medcine Lariboisière-St. Louis in Paris. At the same time, he continued to work as a programmer in the Experimental Radiology Laboratory of the Drs. Laval-Jeantet.

Returning to the USA, Dr. Channin completed medical school and residency in radiology at the Penn State College of Medicine, and it's Department of Radiology. Instead of the usual 4 year residency, Dr. Channin spent a 5th year (spread over the course of the five years) in first founding and then working in the Section of Radiologic Computing and Imaging Science.

At the completion of residency, Dr. Channin was recruited to Northwestern University and the then imminent Northwestern Memorial Hospital as the principle architect of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital PACS. While practicing diagnostic radiology at Northwestern, he founded and led the Imaging Informatics laboratory (in collaboration with Dr. Pat Mongkolwat). Dr. Channin founded the Northwestern Imaging Informatics felowship program (at the time, one of the first in the country). The laboratory was successful in obtaining local, state, federal and industry research funding. Dr. Channin was a funded NIH investigator, NIH grant reviewer, and a funded NIH NCI CaBig subject matter expert. The laboratory was a funded CaBig development site. Dr. Channin's publications from this period can be found on Google Scholar and on PubMed.

While at Northwestern, Dr. Channin founded and co-developed the initial curriculum for the Northwestern University Master's of Medical Informatics program. He was an early contributor to the Northwestern CTSA.

In 2010, Dr. Channin became Chair of the Guthrie Clinic medical imaging service line. There, he had shared administrative responsability for imaging at 4 hospital and 7 outpatient locations, performing 240,000 procedures per year. Dr. Channin had 20 direct reports and 200 indirect reports. Dr. Channin recruited 20 fellowship trained radiologists in 5 years. During his tenure, there was 12% growth in procedure volume, 10% growth in net patient revenue and 9% growth in margin. At the same time, Dr. Channin acted as the Medical Director, Imaging Informatics, resposible for expansion of an imaging informatics team, expansion of the use of EPIC® Radiant® and the creation of a radiology data warehouse linked to EPIC® Clarity® among numerous other informatics projects.

In 2015, Dr. Channin left Guthrie to return to his roots in informatics and technology. Insightful Medical Informatics, Inc. is the result.