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Dr. Bakken is the Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. After she earned her doctorate in nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in medical informatics at Stanford University. Her program of research has focused on the intersection of informatics and health equity for more than 30 years and has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and the National Library of Medicine. At Columbia Nursing, she leads the Center for Community-Engaged Health Informatics and Data Sciences and co-leads the NINR Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics (RHeaDI) Pre and Post Doctoral Training Program which she initiated in 2002. Dr. Bakken has served as the primary advisor for 35 PhDs in nursing and biomedical informatics and mentored dozens of post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty.

Dr. Bakken is currently funded as part of the National Institutes of Health’s Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations to develop a visualization toolbox to address COVID-19 testing and vaccination as a strategy for combating misinformation and hesitancy through community-engaged production of culturally congruent health-literate messages. Dr. Bakken also serves as one of the Principal Investigators of the IGNITE for All of Program which focuses on return of value to community. Her program of research has resulted in more than 300 peer-reviewed publications.

Dr. Bakken is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Bakken has received multiple awards for her research, including the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research, the Nursing Informatics Award from the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, the Virginia K. Saba Award from the American Medical Informatics Association, and the Virginia Saba Nursing Informatics Award from Sigma Theta Tau International. She was the first nurse recipient of the Francois Grémy Award of Excellence from the International Medical Informatics Association in 2019.

Dr. Bakken currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and as member the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee. She previously served on the Board of Regents for the National Library of Medicine. Dr. Bakken is currently a member of the NIH Next Generation Technology Research Advisory Committee and is co-leading the NIH ENGAGE Working Group which aims to increase patient and community engagement across the research life cycle.

Morris F. Collen Award

Historic ACMI Biography

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Suzanne Bakken Henry is Associate Professor, Nursing and Medical Information Science, at the University of California, San Francisco. She serves on the Executive Committee of the MIS Program and heads the focal area in Knowledge Management. Dr. Henry received her BSN from Arizona State University. Following her doctoral degree in nursing science from the University of California, San Francisco, she completed a NLM-funded Postdoctoral Fellowship in Medical Informatics at the Section on Medical Informatics, Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Henry's research has focused on the intersection of informatics and quality management. Early studies described the clinical decision-making process using computer simulations. More recent efforts have focused on concept representation for computerbased systems in order to provide the infrastructure to link patient problems, interventions, and outcomes across settings and over time. She is currently conducting comparative evaluations of selected coding and classification systems using clinical data extracted from patient records. The findings of her research have targeted areas for the development and refinement of coding and classification systems. Dr. Henry was selected as a Fellow, American Academy of Nursing in 1995. She serves as a member of the American Nurses Association Steering Committee on Databases to Support Clinical Nursing Practice and as a consultant to the SNOMED Editorial Board. She is a member of the AMIA Awards Committee, Standards Committee, and Nursing Working Group, as well as the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.


The American College of Medical Informatics

Morris F. Collen Award Winner

ACMI is a college of elected Fellows from the U.S. and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics. It is the central body for a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to advancing the informatics field.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee


The DEI Steering Committee guides and executes AMIA’s strategic goals and objectives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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