Charles Safran, MD, Wins Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence at AMIA 2014 Annual Symposium

Sunday, November 16, 2014

BETHESDA, MD – American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) Chair Alexa McCray, PhD, will present the 2014 Collen Award to Charles Safran, MD, FACMI, during the Opening Session of AMIA’s Annual Symposium on November 16 in Washington, D.C.  In honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field of medical informatics, this prestigious award is presented by ACMI to an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting impression on the field. The award is determined by ACMI’s Awards Committee.

Dr. Safran is Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is the past President and Chairman of American Medical Informatics Association and was previously Vice President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He is an elected fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians.

“ACMI is proud to honor Charles Safran with the Collen Award,” said ACMI Chair Alexa McCray, PhD, of Harvard Medical School. “We congratulate Dr. Safran on his accomplishments in improving patient care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard’s teaching hospitals and thank him for the clinical informatics leadership role both throughout his career and recently during the creation of the CI subspecialty of medicine.” 

Dr. Safran is a primary care internist who has devoted his professional career to improving patient care through the creative use of informatics. He helped develop and deploy large institutional integrated clinical computing systems at Harvard teaching hospitals and led the development and deployment of their electronic health records. He worked on clinical decision support systems to help clinicians implement care guidelines, select diagnostic strategies for cancer patients, and treat patients with HIV/AIDS. He has developed telemedicine solutions to support parents with premature infants called Baby CareLink. He is now focused on improving family collaboration with the care of elders though the AHRQ supported InfoSAGE project.

Dr. Safran is the current Clinical Informatics track chair for Harvard Medical School master’s program in biomedical informatics and NLM informatics fellowship. He developed and currently teaches a graduate level course at the medical school and co-teaches a course for third year medical students who are enrolled at Harvard Business School. He has mentored 21 fellows including the current CIO of the hospital.

Dr. Safran graduated cum laude in Mathematics and holds a Master’s degree in mathematical logic and a Doctor of Medicine from Tufts University. As of 2013, he is also Board Certified in the Clinical Informatics subspecialty.

AMIA’s Annual Symposium is the premier educational event in the field. The symposium presents leading-edge scientific research on biomedical and health informatics and over 100 scientific sessions. The Symposium presents work from across the spectrum of the informatics field -- translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics and public health informatics.

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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.