A 1983 graduate of the nursing baccalaureate program at the Federal University of Sa˜o Paulo, Brazil, Heimar Marin quickly became committed to academic pursuits and served as Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Nursing Informatics at that same institution from 1985 to 1991. During this time, she was working on her master’s degree in nursing informatics (1991) and subsequently completed a PhD in medical informatics at the Federal University in 1995. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Beth Israel Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston (from 1996 to 1998), she returned to Sa˜o Paulo where she is now an esteemed senior faculty member in Nursing Informatics.
In 2001, Dr. Marin was awarded a ‘‘Livre docente’’ in medical informatics. This is a credential awarded by auniversity at least five years after the doctorate based on additional course work, a new thesis, an annotated CV, and oral and written examinations. The holder of this credential is considered expert in all aspects of the discipline. Dr. Marin is the first Brazilian woman ever to receive this credential and the first nurse ever to be named Professor Livre Docente in Medical Informatics by the School of Medicine of the State University of Sa˜o Paulo, Brazil’s largest and arguably most prestigious school of medicine.
Broadly trained and prolific in her research and educational innovations, Heimar de Fatima Marin is a leading medical informatician, not only in Brazil but also throughout Latin America. She works effectively through international organizations such as IMIA, the Pan American Health Organization, and the International Council of Nurses. Also an active member of AMIA, Dr. Marin has worked to strengthen ties between North American and Latin American informatics organizations. Outgoing and vivacious, she enriches both the social and scientific activities to which she devotes her energies. Knowledgeable and clear thinking, Dr. Marin is at once both diplomatic and outspoken. She is a proven innovator and leader whose accomplishments stretch beyond disciplinary and national boundaries.