Biomedical informatics expert Shortliffe selected to head national group

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Edward Shortliffe, a biomedical informatics expert who served as founding dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University, has been named the next head of the American Medical Informatics Association.

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Edward Shortliff recently named
to head the American Medical
Informatics Association.

Edward Shortliffe, who served as founding dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix in partnership with Arizona State University, has been named the next head of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). The nation's top biomedical and health informatics organization, AMIA supports education, practice, policy, and research on the use of health information and communications technology in health care.

Dr. Shortliffe currently serves as a professor of medicine and basic medical sciences at UA and as a professor of biomedical informatics at ASU. Drawing on his background in both clinical medicine and biomedical-informatics research, Dr. Shortliffe helped to integrate biomedical informatics into the curriculum at the College of Medicine - Phoenix.

"Probably no school has thought about this as much as the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix," he said in the Arizona Republic.

Dr. Shortliffe said that he anticipates that AMIA and its members will increasingly help public institutions address health-care challenges such as access, escalating costs, and prevention of medical errors. The organization can, he said, "become a major force in the evolution and improvement of our health system and the quality of care in the United States."

Dr. Shortliffe and Robert Greenes, who arrived from Harvard University in September 2007 to lead ASU's new Department of Biomedical Informatics, have substantially raised the stature of Arizona's biomedical-informatics research community. Both are recipients of the Morris F. Collen Award from the American College of Medical Informatics, an honor recognizing lifetime achievement and significant contributions to biomedical informatics.

Sethuraman Panchanathan, director of ASU's School of Computing and Informatics, said that Dr. Shortliffe's appointment to head AMIA "reflects the high caliber of our biomedical informatics program, and it is going to boost our prominence at a national level. It's an honor to some have someone of his experience and stature in the field in the department."

Upon assuming his AMIA post of President and CEO in July 2009, Dr. Shortliffe said in the Republic, he will continue to live in Phoenix and will remain director of graduate training in ASU's biomedical informatics department.


For more information:

"Shortliffe named top executive of biomedical informatics group," Arizona Republic, 09/24/2008

ASU news release, 09/16/2008