AMIA Doctoral Dissertation Award

AMIA recognizes the critical importance of fostering the development and discovery of new informatics science as well as the recognition and support of AMIA members who will grow the field and become the next generation of informatics leaders. This talent is nurtured in graduate and doctoral research programs.
The AMIA Doctoral Dissertation Award offers high-value and prestigious recognition for the top doctoral dissertation each year that contributes to the science of informatics in any biomedical application domain or domains.  In 2016 JAMIA published some suggested guidelines for the preparation of high-quality dissertations in biomedical informatics:
The organization and content of informatics doctoral dissertations

Award Prize

Doctoral Dissertation Award Prize

  • $7,500 cash award to the awardee
  • semi-plenary presentation on his/her award-winning research
  • Formal award presentation at the AMIA Annual Symposium
  • AMIA Annual Symposium registration waived
  • travel and accommodation stipend
  • publicity

Honorable Mention Prize

  • $2,500 cash award to the awardee
  • semi-plenary presentation on his/her award winning research
  • Formal award presentation at the AMIA Annual Symposium
  • AMIA Annual Symposium registration waived
  • travel and accommodation stipend
  • publicity

Congratulations to the Inaugural Winners of the Award (June 2017):

      Additional Finalists:

Funding for the Award

An endowment fund was created to support the Doctoral Dissertation Award in perpetuity.  AMIA is grateful to the Charter Donors who offered support for the fund in its formative period (between the AMIA Symposium in 2015 and March 2017).  The Campaign was chaired by Dr. Ted Shortliffe (who also offered a 1:1 match for all donations up to $100,000).  Additional donations can be made on the AMIA Central donation page.

Task Force and Selection Committee

The AMIA Board has appointed a Task Force that is implementing the AMIA Dissertation Award and will assume responsibility as the initial selection committee in 2017.  Members of the committee include:

  • Edward H. Shortliffe, MD, PhD, FACMI (Chair), College of Health Solutions, Arizona State University
  • Russ B. Altman, MD, PhD, FACMI, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Riccardo Bellazzi, PhD, FACMI, University of Pavia, Italy
  • John H. Holmes, PhD, FACMI, University of Pennsylvania
  • Omolola Ogunyemi, PhD, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
  • Jessica Tenenbaum, PhD, FACMI, Duke University
  • Neil Sarkar, PhD, MLIS, FACMI (AMIA Board Liaison), Brown University
  • Douglas Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACMI (ex officio), AMIA President
  • Jeff Williamson (ex officio), AMIA Vice President, Academic Affairs and Education

Nominations for 2018 will be due next January.  The submission site is not yet open, but you will find further information about eligibility and judging criteria on the nominations page.