AMIA Leadership and Education Award Donation (LEAD) Fund

In 2016 AMIA celebrated the launch of a new donation fund designated to support AMIA’s philanthropic giving plans. The new fund is aptly named, the AMIA Leadership and Education Award (LEAD) Fund

Congratulations to the 2019 AMIA LEAD Fund Awardees

Adeboye Adejare, Jr., MS
Doctoral Candidate in Biomedical Informatics
University of Cincinnati

Anna Diane, BSN, RN
Doctoral candidate in Nursing
Duke University

Yonaka Harris, MS
Masters Candidate in Healthcare Policy and Research
Weill Cornell Medicine

Mahbub Hossain, MD, MPH, CPH
Doctoral candidate in Public Health
Texas A&M University

Songzi Liu
Masters candidate in Information Science
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Roni Matin, MSc.
Doctoral Candidate in Biomedical Informatics
University of Texas Health Science

Amy Olex, MS
Doctoral Candidate in Computer Science
Virginia Commonwealth University

Chantelle Recsky, MSN
Doctoral candidate in Nursing
University of British Columbia


Philip R.O. Payne, PhD, FACMI
LEAD Fund Campaign Chair


AMIA Leadership Dinner Support of the AMIA Lead Fund

As a recognition and fundraising event, attendees at the AMIA Leadership Dinner, hosted during the Annual Symposium, contribute to the AMIA LEAD Fund with each ticket purchased. In addition, a number of AMIA members have pledged up to $10,000 each to establish a Leadership Circle of giving to seed the fund with over $100,000. Fundraising efforts are ongoing. Those interested in learning more about in the Leadership Circle and the AMIA LEAD Fund, please contact Doug Fridsma,

What is the LEAD Fund?

Sustainable support for scholarship, research, innovation and diversity

AMIA members are invited to participate in efforts to establish the LEAD Fund to benefit AMIA’s awards and recognition programs.

The LEAD Fund promotes the value of informatics in transforming health and healthcare.

  • Awarding scholarship and research
  • Highlighting innovation and discovery
  • Recognizing professional achievement
  • Promoting leadership and advocacy

Donations of any size are encouraged and will support the LEAD Fund to support a lasting legacy for AMIA and the next generation of AMIA members who will grow the field and become future informatics professionals and leaders.

A Vision for the Future

The LEAD Fund is initiative focused on creating a robust and sustainable fundraising program for AMIA that will support important programming that can:

  • Increase the ability of trainees to participate in AMIA events
  • Enable leadership and career development for our members with a particular emphasis on creating the next generation of biomedical informatics leaders, both within, and more broadly, throughout our community-of-practice
  • Catalyze the translation, dissemination, and commercialization of innovations in biomedical Informatics knowledge and practice; and
  • Enhance the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity of our workforce