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Colin Walsh elected to the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics

Jul. 24, 2023, 10:39 AM

Colin Walsh, MD, MA

by Mia Garchitorena

Vanderbilt’s Colin Walsh, MD, MA, was recently elected to the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI) class of 2023.

He is among 24 new fellows who were inducted into the academy.

“It’s humbling to think that our work at the intersection of applied artificial intelligence (AI) and human-centered design to impact prevention might be recognized for international impact,” said Walsh, associate professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics, Medicine and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “I am so fortunate to pursue informatics based in a department like Vanderbilt’s DBMI and a health system like VUMC — both environments of rich collaboration and remarkable mentorship.”

The IAHSI, founded in 2017, is the academy for the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). The Academy honors experts in the fields of biomedical and health informatics whose work has been recognized internationally.

“I hope to learn even more from the diverse IMIA community and bring those lessons back to our trainees and teams here in Nashville,” Walsh said.

Walsh is a practicing internist and clinical informatician. His research focuses on machine learning, AI and suicide attempt prediction. Last year, he was named to Vanderbilt’s Chancellor Faculty Fellows and elected to the American College of Medical Informatics  class of 2022. He also has a supporting role in the National Institutes of Health program Bridge to Artificial Intelligence ethics core.

Previously elected fellows from VUMC include Paul Harris, PhD, MS, Nancy Lorenzi, PhD, MA, MS, Randolph Miller, MD, William Stead, MD, Adam Wright, PhD, Steven Brown, MD, MS, Bradley Malin, PhD, Martin Were, MD, MS, Kevin Johnson, MD, MS, Stephany Duda, PhD, and Peter Embí, MD, MS.

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