AMIA Names Kevin Fickenscher, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer

Thursday, March 15, 2012

BETHESDA, Md. AMIA, the home for informatics professionals, announced that its Board of Directors will be appointing Kevin Fickenscher, MD as President and Chief Executive Officer. Fickenscher will replace Ted Shortliffe, MD, PhD, a leading expert in the field of informatics, who announced his decision to step down from the position several months ago. Dr. Fickenscher will join AMIA on March 19th and will officially start in the role on April 1st.

"We are very fortunate to have someone of Kevin Fickenscher’s caliber and experience to join AMIA," said Gilad Kuperman, MD, PhD, Chairman of the AMIA Board of Directors. "We are at a transformative stage in the development of the association, where leadership that combines the professional knowledge of informatics with strong business skills and an understanding of the diverse healthcare and scientific environment is critical. Kevin is a national and international healthcare thought leader with a proven track record in academic, healthcare delivery and corporate organizations."

Fickenscher said, "I am deeply honored and excited about the opportunity to lead AMIA. With the investments that have been made in information technology and exchange over the last several years and the scientific advances that are being made about the best ways to manage health-related data, the field of informatics can transform health care practice and bioscience. AMIA has a critical role in serving as a leading voice in the effective use of information for increasing the quality, reducing the costs, enhancing the service capability of healthcare organizations as well as realizing value from the increased availability of health and biologic data."

Speaking on behalf of the AMIA Board, Kuperman said, "We very much appreciate Ted’s efforts in successfully leading AMIA through a dynamic time in the nation’s history with respect to informatics and information technology. As we look to the future, we believe Dr. Fickenscher’s diverse background, academic experiences, operational and communication skills and leadership abilities will foster AMIA’s growth and development as the field of informatics continues to evolve and develop."

About AMIA
AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, serves as the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals and plays an important role in medicine, health care, and science, encouraging the use of data, information and knowledge to improve both human health and delivery of healthcare services.

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