Following their recent election, eight new Fellows were inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010, at ceremonies that followed the opening of AMIA's 34th Annual Symposium on Biomedical and Health Informatics in Washington, DC, where more than 2,000 informatics professionals have gathered for five days of scientific sessions and panels on policy and ethical issues, EHRs and achieving meaningful use, translational bioinformatics and biomedicine, clinical research informatics, data mining and information extraction, and many other topics related to the science of informatics and its application areas. Incoming ACMI President Jim Cimino, MD, FACMI, welcomed the following Fellows to the College:
- Elmer V. Bernstam, MD, MSE, MS, University of Texas-Houston, School of Health Information Sciences
- Aziz Boxwala, MD, PhD, University of California at San Diego
- Kenneth H. Buetow, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute
- Rebecca Crowley, MD, MSIS, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
- Stephen Downs, SM, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- Christoph U. Lehmann, MD, Johns Hopkins University
- Jack Li, MD, PhD, Taipei Medical University
- Marco F. Ramoni, PhD (posthumously)
Dr. Cimino, Chief of the Laboratory for Clinical Informatics Development at the NIH Clinical Center, observed, "ACMI Fellows and the designation of FACMI will become more well known as the entire health system moves to adopt informatics--an emerging medical specialty-- and meaningful use of health information technology as an incremental part of modernizing the health sector for the computer age. These Fellows are way ahead of the curve, which is to say they are at the top of their fields: in clinical practice, in medical research, in medical education, and in patient care."
ACMI is a professional society of elected Fellows from the United States and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics and who have met rigorous scholarly scrutiny by their peers. Incorporated in 1984, ACMI dissolved its separate corporate status to merge with the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics (AAMSI) and the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC) when AMIA was formed in 1989. The College now exists as an entity within AMIA, with its own bylaws and regulations.
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. More information is online at www.amia.org