• Nov 12 - 16, Chicago

    AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium

    AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium is the 40th anniversary of the Symposium. We want this year to be a homecoming that energizes our new and longtime members, welcomes attendees who haven’t visited the meeting in a few years; and attracts first time attendees to the incredible informatics community AMIA represents.

AMIA 2016 Leadership Dinner

Invitation to Recognize the 2016 AMIA Signature Award Recipients

Saturday, November 12
7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Ticket purchase open to all Annual Symposium attendees

Each year the AMIA Leadership Dinner is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the amazing talent within the AMIA informatics community. The Leadership Dinner program highlights award presentations that recognize leadership, innovation and professional achievement—the Signature Awards and the AMIA Leadership Awards.

The ticketed event is open to AMIA members and all Annual Symposium attendees.

Enjoy a great night out at the Gleacher Center in Chicago, good food and wine, and fun with friends and colleagues who have come together to celebrate the best among us.

AMIA Leadership Dinner/LEAD Fund Tickets — $250 per person. The ticket includes the cost of the dinner and a $125 tax-deductible allocation to the Leadership and Education Donation (LEAD) Fund.

Please purchase by November 4 to reserve your seat!

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Congratulations to the 2016 AMIA Signature Award Recipients

Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics

Burke Mamlin, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine; Research Investigator, Center for Biomedical Informatics - Regenstrief Institute; OpenMRS Co-Founder


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Dr. Mamlin has been involved in the design and development of computer applications for medicine at Regenstrief Institute for over three decades with a focus on physician order entry. Dr. Mamlin was smitten with computers from the first day he heard about them in grade school. He spent his youth teaching himself to program and, after inadvertently crashing the Regenstrief Medical Record System in the 1970s, caught the attention of Dr. Clem McDonald. Dr. Mamlin spent his high school, college, and early career working for Dr. McDonald and building the Medical Gopher, one of the premiere computerized physician order-entry systems. He entered medical school in the 1990s, became an internist, and then returned to Regenstrief to complete an Informatics Fellowship. During his fellowship, he re-engineered the Medical Gopher to run in virtualized environments. A few years later, after joining Regenstrief as an investigator, he helped lead the development of Gopher's successor, an innovative web-based Java CPOE system that has been used by Eskenazi Health for several years and is the basis of Regenstrief's teaching EMR.

Dr. Mamlin is now a senior medical informatics researcher at Regenstrief Institute and practicing internist whose research interests include informatics interventions in resource-constrained environments, decision support systems, and open communities of practice. He is a Co-Founder and Development Lead of OpenMRS, an open source medical record system platform to support underserved populations. The OpenMRS platform is currently deployed in over 80 countries throughout the world.

Paul Biondich, MD, MS, FACMI
Associate Professor of Pediatrics - Children’s Health Services Research, Indiana University School of Medicine; Director, Global Health Informatics - Center for Biomedical Informatics - Regenstrief Institute; OpenMRS Co-Founder


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Paul Biondich is a senior medical informatics researcher and pediatrician whose research interests include health informatics interventions that enhance health equity, decision support systems and open communities of practice. He is the co-founder and leader of OpenMRS, an open source medical record system platform to support underserved populations, which is currently deployed in over 80 countries throughout the world, and serves as the primary foundation for medical record system deployments in six countries. Dr. Biondich is active in international health information architecture development efforts, both as director of a WHO Collaborating Centre in Medical Informatics, and his leadership of an adaptive technical assistance community that supports national planning and implementation of health information sharing architectures in a dozen countries, and has served as a foundation for data sharing plans in the global health informatics space (OpenHIE). In Biondich’s leadership role of the Global Health Informatics program at the Regenstrief Institute, he engages in a wide variety of strategically important R&D health informatics initiatives for PEPFAR, Gates Foundation, CDC, USAID, WHO, and GIZ.

Dr. Biondich is a primary advocate for the use of decision support systems within resource-constrained environments. He believes that the cognitive burden health care workers face in constrained settings is a provocative rationale for the implementation and deployment of patient-level record systems. Biondich has advanced the field of pediatric primary care services through the deployment and study of a decision support system called Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation (CHICA). CHICA has demonstrated groundbreaking changes in how to support health care issues including maternal depression, iron deficiency anemia and smoking.

Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contribution in Informatics

Mark Frisse, MD, MS, MBA
Accenture Professor and Vice Chair, Business Development, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University


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Mark E. Frisse is the Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University. His work focuses on the intersection between health care informatics, economics, policy, and health care transformation. His primary research is directed toward an understanding of economic sustainability and toward the development of technical and administrative measures to enable effective care coordination and to ensure the integrity of security and privacy efforts. His recent work has been funded through the SHARP research program of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, through the CDRN program of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and through the CMS Innovation Award Program. Dr. Frisse led the development and oversight of a six-year federal- and state-sponsored effort to create and operate a health information exchange for the greater Memphis area. This exchange currently has over 7 million records covering the care of over 1.2 million individuals and is now managed completely by a Memphis-based board and a commercial vendor.

A board certified internist, Dr. Frisse was a Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean at Washington University School of Medicine and he served as academic director of the Health Services Executive MBA program at the John M. Olin School of Business. In his capacity as Associate Dean, he served as the Director of the Bernard Becker Medical Library and established the School's first common technology infrastructure supporting networks, email, educational computing, and digital library services. He founded the Medical Informatics Laboratory within the Department of Medicine and served as a Director of a National Library of Medicine Training Program in Biomedical Informatics.

Dr. Frisse received his MD and MBA from Washington University and received a master’s degree in Medical Information Science from Stanford University. Active in medical informatics for 20 years, he is the author of approximately 60 scientific papers, reviews, and book chapters on medical informatics. He served as a consultant for numerous government agencies and health care concerns. He was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on Enhancing the Internet for Health Applications and more recently was an author of a national report on ePrescribing prepared by the eHealth Initiative. He also has authored works on laboratory data exchange interoperability and the financial impact of e-prescribing. He serves on the Board of the NCPDP Foundation. Previously, he served on the boards of the eHealth Initiative and SureScripts, LLC. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award

Patricia C. Dykes, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital


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Patricia C. Dykes is the Senior Nurse Scientist and Program Director for Research in the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice and the Center for Nursing Excellence at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School where she has a program of informatics and patient safety research. Dr. Dykes and her team developed the Fall TIPS toolkit and conducted a randomized control trial that demonstrated a significant reduction in falls in acute care hospitals and the results of their study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The team has expanded this research and are exploring the use of technology to provide the core set of information needed by care team members (including patients) at the bedside to provide and engage in safe patient care.

Dr. Dykes is currently the Partner’s HealthCare site Principal Investigator for the PCORI/NIA funded STRIDE fall prevention clinical trial which aims to integrate evidence-based fall prevention practices into primary care settings. She is the author of two books and over 70 peer reviewed publications and has presented her work related to fall prevention, patient safety, nursing informatics and clinical documentation both nationally and internationally. She is a member of the US National Institutes of Health Biomedical Computing and Health Informatics Study Section, Center for Scientific Review, an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics.

William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics

Isaac S. Kohane, MD, PhD
Chair, Dept of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School


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Isaac S. Kohane is the inaugural Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Marion V. Nelson Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School. He develops and applies computational techniques to address disease at multiple scales: From whole healthcare systems as “living laboratories” to the functional genomics of neurodevelopment with a focus on autism.

Dr. Kohane’s i2b2 project is currently deployed internationally to over 120 major academic health centers to drive discovery research in disease and pharmacovigilance (including providing evidence on drugs which ultimately contributed to “black box”ing by the FDA). He has published several hundred papers in the medical literature and authored a widely-used book on Microarrays for an Integrative Genomics. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

New Investigator Award

Nicholas Tatonetti, PhD
Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University


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Nicholas P. Tatonetti is the Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University with interdisciplinary appointments in the Department of Systems Biology and the Department of Medicine. He received a PhD. in Biomedical Informatics from Stanford University in 2012, and dual BS degrees from Arizona State University in computational mathematics and molecular biosciences/biotechnology. Dr. Tatonetti researches the use of observational clinical data and high-throughput molecular data to identify and explain the pharmacological effects of drugs and drug combinations. He develops large-scale statistical and data mining techniques to address issues of bias and confounding in large observational datasets.

Dr. Tatonetti is an Irving Scholar, a Kavli Fellow, and the recipient of an Early Career Award from the PhRMA Foundation. His work received Best Paper and Presentation awards at the AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics (2010, 2011, 2015) and his work has been featured in the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics in 2012. Dr. Tatonetti was profiled by Genome Web in their 2012 Young Investigator Profiles and as the Face of AMIA in 2016. He is author on over 60 peer reviewed scientific publications and his work has been featured by The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Science Careers, among others. He holds two US patents.

AMIA Leadership Dinner

Date: Saturday, November 12
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:30 p.m. (Cocktails precede the dinner, beginning at 7:00 p.m.)
Location: Gleacher Center, University of Chicago
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, IL, 60611
Attire: Business or Cocktail/After 5

Note: After the ticket is purchased, a confirmation letter requesting menu selections will be sent. A separate letter will confirm the tax-deductible donation