AMIA Announces Signature Award Winners at 2015 Annual Symposium

Monday, November 16, 2015

(BETHESDA, MD) – The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is proud to announce this year’s Signature Award recipients. The following leaders received their awards at the AMIA Annual Symposium, taking place Nov. 14 – 18 in San Francisco.

The symposium draws 2,500 attendees for an event featuring 600+ papers, panels and posters. 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.

"AMIA is proud to recognize these esteemed individuals," said AMIA Chair Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACMI of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “We congratulate them on their exceptional accomplishments and their commitment to AMIA’s mission."  

AMIA Signature Awards

Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence
Jan H. van Bemmel, PhD, FACMI
Professor and Chairman of Medical Informatics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics
Paul A. Harris, PhD, FACMI
Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Biomedical Engineering, and Director of the Office of Research Informatics, Vanderbilt University

Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics
John D. Halamka, MD, MS, FACMI
Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network; and Co-chair of the National Health Information Technology Standards Committee.

Virginia K. Saba Award
Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, FACMI
Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics
W. Ed Hammond, PhD, FACMI
Director at the Duke Center for Health Informatics, Director of Academic Affairs for the Management Masters in Clinical Informatics Program and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Biomedical Engineering Duke University; Director, Applied Informatics Research, Duke Health Technology Solutions

AMIA New Investigator Award
Rong Xu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute of Computational Biology, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University


AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 5,000 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy, and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.