Dr Suermondt received his Bachelor's in Mathematical and Computational Science, and Master's and PhD degrees in Medical Information Sciences, all from Stanford. He was hired by Hewlett-Packard (HP) Laboratories in Palo Alto and has advanced through the ranks there; he is currently Director of HP's Business Optimization Lab.
Dr Suermondt's research career has focused on sound analytic approaches to real-world decision problems. He was an early contributor in several areas, including Bayesian networks, integrated clinician-focused workstations, data mining (particularly automated categorization, text mining, and quantification) and distributed computing. He originally joined HP to join a research team focused on clinical workstation development. He has engaged in many technical areas at HP both as a researcher and later as a manager and lab director, but he has maintained an ongoing interest in biomedical applications and the role of the technology industry in our field. Most of our fellows have a long list of publications; Jaap has both research publications and 25 patents in informatics and computing.
Dr Suermondt has made significant organizational and scholarly contributions to AMIA. He has served as chair of the Working Group steering committee, as well as Chair of Membership committee, member of the scientific program committee for five Fall Symposia, and Chair of the 2008 Annual Symposium Scientific Program Committee. His nomination notes that “As an executive and research director at a mainstream technology company with a very broad, worldwide partner base, Dr Suermondt is in a position to influence the technology sector to represent the perspective and needs of medical informatics in general and ACMI specifically. He brings to ACMI research experience where he contributes breadth and depth, as well as solid management expertise.” His election to the College recognizes these technical innovations and sustained professional service.