Yves A. Lussier, MD, FACMI

Year Elected: 
Columbia University

Currently: University of Illinois Hospital & Health Science System

Web site: www.linkedin.com/in/lussier

Biography and photograph when elected: 

Dr. Lussier received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and MD degree from the University of Sherbrooke in Canada and also completed postgraduate training in family medicine there. He then joined the family medicine faculty at Sherbrooke. He cofounded an electronic medical records company called Purkinje and began his informatics career developing and evaluating pen-based computer interfaces for clinical data. He helped extend the SNOMED vocabulary to add terms related to primary care and created the notion of semantic filters for problem-oriented views of medical records.

With the human genome project under way, Yves saw that the future of medicine was going to be influenced by genomics and other forms of large volume, noisy molecular data. He is currently involved with the emerging specialty of ‘‘phenomics,’’ which is the systematic correlation of known chemical and functional properties of organisms with their genes and proteins. He has also engineered a gene chip for vertebrate viral detection that accurately detects any of over 1,700 known viruses that is currently being validated in China and Australia. His election to the College recognizes his scholarly, pragmatic, and community service contributions to the field.