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Three elected to international health informatics academy

Aug. 27, 2020, 9:01 AM


by Paul Govern

Among the 35 new fellows of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics are three Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty members — Steven Brown, MD, MS, Bradley Malin, PhD, MS, MPhil, and Martin Were, MD, MS. All three have primary appointments in the Department of Biomedical Informatics.

Steven Brown, MD, MS

The International Medical Informatics Association announced the 2020 electees on August 17.

Counting the new electees, the academy includes 178 fellows from five continents. Founded in 2017, it serves as an honor society and an international forum for peers in biomedical and health informatics. Previously elected fellows from VUMC include Paul Harris, PhD, MS, Nancy Lorenzi, PhD, MA, MS, Randolph Miller, MD, William Stead, MD, and Adam Wright, PhD.

Brown is associate professor of Biomedical Informatics and chief information officer at the Nashville VA Medical Center. His research is in clinical informatics, with a particular focus on lexical semantic processing that integrates problem statement analysis with medical knowledge bases.

Bradley Malin, PhD

Malin is professor and vice-chair of Biomedical Informatics, professor of Biostatistics and Computer Science, director of the Vanderbilt Big Biomedical Data Science Program and co-director of both the Health Data Science Center and the Center for Genetic Privacy and Identity in Community Settings. His research is on constructing technologies that enable privacy and analytics in the context of real world organizational, political, and health information architectures.

Martin Were, MD, MS

Were is associate professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine and a member of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. His current research and service is in global health informatics, including development and evaluation of computerized decision support systems and mobile health technologies for resource-limited settings.

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