Signature Awards

The AMIA Signature Awards program provides an opportunity for AMIA members at different stages of their career to be recognized for significant contributions to the field of informatics.

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence

In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field, this prestigious award is the highest honor in informatics that is presented by the American College of Medical Informatics to an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to biomedical informatics has made a lasting impression on healthcare and biomedicine.

Current and past winners

Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics

Dr. Lindberg's continuous commitment to the field has dramatically altered the scope and extent of informatics' practice and research. The contribution recognized will have advanced the field for example in the form of a significant innovation or a unique approach and contribution to education or training, but not for a lifetime body of work. The criteria are:

  • Awarded to an individual at any stage of a career for a specific technological, research, or educational contribution that advances biomedical informatics.
  • Adoption of the particular advance by the informatics community will be on a national or international level.
  • Scope of a successful innovation of informatics has dramatically moved or changed the field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to AMIA through membership.
Current and past winners
  • 2020 - Abel Kho, MD, FACMI
  • 2019 - Shawn N. Murphy, MD, FACMI
  • 2018 - J. Marc Overhage, MD, PhD
  • 2017 - Wendy W. Chapman, PhD
  • 2016 - Paul Biondich, MD, MS, FACMI & Burke Mamlin, MD
  • 2015 - Paul Harris, PhD, FACMI
  • 2014 - Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH
  • 2013 - Stanley M. Huff, MD, FACMI
  • 2012 - James J. Cimino, MD
  • 2011 - R. Scott Evans, MS, PhD, FACMI
  • 2010 - Carol Friedman, PhD
  • 2009 - Isaac (Zak) S. Kohane, MD, PhD
  • 2008 - William R. Hersh, MD
  • 2007 - Randolph A. Miller, MD
  • 2006 - Mark A. Musen, MD, PhD
  • 2005 - William W. Stead, MD

Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics

This award recognizes an individual that has made a significant singular contribution or series of contributions over the course of a career exemplifying the expertise, passion, and spirit that Dr. Detmer has for health policy. The criteria are:

  • Awarded to an individual at any stage of a career for contribution(s) to health policy in biomedical and health informatics.
  • Contribution(s) should be conducted in accordance with the philosophy that all citizens and populations deserve a state-of-the-art health system that provides safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable health care services.
  • Characteristics and achievements of the recipient should include one or more of the following accomplishments: Visionary leadership in the health policy realm; Action-oriented advocacy work producing a regional, national or global result; and Advancement to the domain health policy though-leadership generating a sustainable contribution to the health system.
  • Demonstrated commitment to AMIA through membership.
  • Support of the organization’s mission by acting as a strong advocate for biomedical and health informatics in the public policy arena.
Current and past winners
  • 2020 - Sarah Collins Rossetti, RN, PhD, FACMI, FAMIA
  • 2019 - Carolyn Petersen, MS, MBI, FAMIA
  • 2018 - Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD
  • 2017 - Susan Hull, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC
  • 2016 - Mark Frisse, MD, MS, MBA
  • 2015 - John D. Halamka, MD, MS
  • 2014 - Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN
  • 2013 - Charles Safran, MD, FACMI
  • 2012 - Charles Friedman, PhD
  • 2011 - Julie McGowan, PhD
  • 2010 - David W. Bates, MD, MSc
  • 2009 - Paul C. Tang, MD, MS
  • 2008 - Don E. Detmer, MD, MA

Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award

This award recognizes an individual’s distinguished career and significant impact on the care of patients and the discipline of nursing. The Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award honors a professional with exemplary principles and practices and a substantial record of contribution to the field of nursing informatics. The criteria are:

  • Focus in Nursing Informatics.
  • Characteristics and achievements should include visionary leadership; global impact; and enduring contribution to nursing professional practice, education, administration, research, and/or health policy.
  • Demonstrated commitment to AMIA through membership.
Current and past winners
  • 2020 - Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, LFHIMSS, FAAN
  • 2019 - Susan A. Matney, PhD, RNC-OB, FAAN, FACMI
  • 2018 - Bonnie Westra, PhD, RN
  • 2017- Nicholas Hardiker, RN, PhD
  • 2016 - Patricia C. Dykes, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
  • 2015 - Patricia Flatley Brennan, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2014 - Diane Skiba, PhD, FAAN, FACMI
  • 2013 - Nancy Staggers, PhD, RN, FAAN
  • 2012 - Judith J. Warren, PhD, RN, BC, FAAN, FACMI
  • 2011 - Rita Zielstorff RN, MS, FAAN,FACMI
  • 2010 - Judith G. Ozbolt, PhD, RN
  • 2009 - Connie Delaney, RN, PhD
  • 2008 - Elizabeth (Betsy) Weiner, PhD, RN
  • 2007 - Susan J. Grobe, PhD, RN
  • 2006 - Suzanne Bakken, RN, DNSc
  • 2005 - Virginia K. Saba, EdD, RN

William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics

Dr. William (Bill) Stead has led the nation in thinking about how biomedical informatics methods and architectures can improve health care systems for decades. His ideas coupled with his leadership have been significant at the local and the national level. He was the first editor of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA), a role that he held for ten years. The AMIA Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics acknowledges people who have influenced our thinking about informatics, especially improving health and health care in ways that are visionary and transformative. The criteria are:

  • Awarded to an individual at any stage of a career for a strategic contribution to thinking about applying biomedical and health informatics to transform health, health care or health care organizations.
  • The awardee is attributed with substantially changing thinking or direction in at least one area regarding how informatics can improve health or health care organizations at the local or national level.
  • Demonstrated commitment to AMIA through membership.
  • The awardee's ideas have been adopted by others beyond the potential recipient’s home organization.
  • It is assumed that this award may not be given annually, but only when we can clearly identify the change in the field's direction attributable to research or writing of an individual.

The glass sculpture award colors represent Duke University blue, Vanderbilt University gold and AMIA crimson. We thank our founding donors for their generous contributions - Jeffrey A. Balser, David Bates, James Cimino, Don E. Detmer, Mark Frisse, Cynthia Gadd, John Glaser, Robert A. Greenes, Nunzia and Dario Giuse, W.E. Hammond, Betsy L. Humphreys, Kevin B. Johnson, Nancy Lorenzi, Alexa McCray, Blackford Middleton, Randolph Miller, Judy G. Ozbolt and Larry Kingsland, C. Wright Pinson, Edward Shultz, Peter Tarczy-Hornoch, and Stuart T. Weinberg.

Current and past winners
  • 2020 - Alexa McCray, PhD, FACMI
  • 2019 - Lucila Ohno-Machado, MBA, MD, PhD, FACMI
  • 2018 - George Hripcsak, MD
  • 2017 - Daniel R. Masys, MD, FCMI
  • 2016 - Isaac S. Kohane, MD, PhD
  • 2015 - W. Ed Hammond, PHD, FACMI, FAIMBE, FIMIA, FHL7
  • 2014 - John Glaser, PhD
  • 2013 - William W. Stead, MD

AMIA New Investigator Award

This award recognizes an individual for early informatics contributions and significant scholarly contributions on the basis of scientific merit and research excellence. The criteria are:

  • Significant scientific productivity in informatics prior to reaching eligibility for fellowship in the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).
  • Multiple significant scientific publications in journals (eg, JAMIA) and proceedings.
  • Demonstrated commitment to AMIA through membership, as well as presentations at AMIA conferences, and/or publications in JAMIA.
Current and past winners
  • 2020 - Yuan Luo, PhD, FAMIA
  • 2019 - Joanna Abraham, PhD
  • 2018 - Jeremy Warner, MD
  • 2017 - Marina Sirota, PhD
  • 2016 - Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD
  • 2015 - Rong Xu, PhD
  • 2014 - Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD
  • 2013 - Nigam H. Shah, MBBS, PhD
  • 2012 - Joshua C. Denny, MD, MS
  • 2011 - Kai Zheng, PhD
  • 2010 - Adam Wright, PhD
  • 2009 - S. Trent Rosenbloom, MD, MPH
  • 2008 - Atul J. Butte, MD, PhD
  • 2007 - David A. Dorr, MD, MS
  • 2006 - Mia K. Markey, PhD
  • 2005 - Mor Peleg, PhD

The Martin Epstein and Student Paper Awards

The Martin Epstein and Student Paper Awards are issued in recognition of the best student research papers at the Annual Symposium. These awards, sponsored by the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, have a long history and the details are provided here on a page devoted to the Student Paper Competition.