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Columbia’s Bakken to deliver Flexner Discovery Lecture

Dec. 4, 2014, 9:26 AM

Suzanne Bakken, Ph.D., R.N., the Alumni Professor of Nursing and professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, will deliver the next Flexner Discovery Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 11.

Suzanne Bakken, Ph.D., R.N.

Her lecture begins at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall, and is entitled “Weaving a Strong Fabric of Trust for the Learning Health System through Community-Engaged Research with an Urban Latino Population.” It is sponsored by the Department of Biomedical Informatics.

Bakken’s research program blends informatics, evidence-based nursing practice and underserved populations, with a goal of promoting health and reducing health disparities. Her research interests include decision support systems, mobile computing, natural language processing and the use of Web-based approaches for interactive health communication in underserved populations.

A member of the Institute of Medicine, Bakken currently directs the Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved and the Reducing Health Disparities through Informatics (RHeaDI) predoctoral and postdoctoral training program.

Bakken completed her doctoral degree in Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Informatics at Stanford University. She received the Pathfinder Award from the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2010 and is an elected fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Medical Informatics.

For a complete schedule of the Flexner Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to

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