Peter Szolovits, PhD Wins Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence at AMIA 2013 Annual Symposium

Monday, December 16, 2013

BETHESDA, MD – American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) Chair Alexa McCray, PhD, presented the 2013 Collen Award to Peter Szolovits, PhD during AMIA’s Annual Symposium, November 15 – 20 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.

Szolovits is Professor of Computer Science and Engineering in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Professor of Health Sciences and Technology in the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), and head of the Clinical Decision-Making Group within the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

“ACMI is proud to honor Peter Szolovits with the Collen Award,” said ACMI Chair Alexa McCray, PhD, of Harvard Medical School. “We congratulate Dr. Szolovitz on his exceptional accomplishments and thank him for his esteemed influence on the field of informatics and commitment to AMIA’s mission.”  

Dr. Szolovits’ research centers on the application of artificial intelligence methods to problems of medical decision making, natural language processing to extract meaningful data from clinical narratives to support translational medicine, and the design of information systems for health care institutions and patients. He has worked on problems of diagnosis, therapy planning, execution and monitoring for various medical conditions, computational aspects of genetic counseling, controlled sharing of health information, and privacy and confidentiality issues in medical record systems.

Dr. Szolovits received his bachelor's degree in physics and his PhD in information science, both from Caltech. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and is a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. He also serves as a member of the National Research Council's Computer Science and Telecommunications Board.

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AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, is the center of action for 4,000 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.