Joan S. Ash

Joan Ash is Associate Professor, Division of Medical Informatics and Outcomes Research, School of Medicine, and Associate Professor, Libraries, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR. She received her B.A. degree from Emmanuel College and holds masters degrees in library science, health science, and business administration, from Columbia University, California State University, Northridge, and Portland State University, respectively. Her doctorate is in Systems Science, Business Administration from Portland State.

Dr. Ash's prior positions include IAIMS Coordinator at OHSU and Associate Director of OHSU Libraries. She has also served as the Assistant Director at the University of Connecticut Health Center Library and as Senior Reference Librarian at the Yale Medical Library. In addition, Dr. Ash has worked as Director of the OHSU Oral History Project and as an NLM Fellow in Applied Medical Informatics.

Dr. Ash's research focus is organizational behavior as it relates to health information system implementation. Her work studying and evaluating the implementation of computerized physician order entry systems and order communication, applying diffusion of innovations theory related to health information systems, and utilizing qualitative methods in informatics has highlighted the importance of the behavioral aspects of systems implementation. She authored the paper that received the first annual Diana Forsythe Award (for work at the intersection of the social sciences and informatics) from the American Medical Informatics Association. Her publications have appeared in journals pertaining to public health, academic libraries, medical libraries, management, and informatics. She has authored a book on health information resources. Professionally, Dr. Ash has been active in the Medical Library Association and the American Medical Informatics Association. She was elected to the board of directors and selected for the journal editorial boards of both. She has served as a member of the Biomedical Library Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine and special emphasis panels for the NIH National Center for Research Resources. She has now been elected to membership in the American College of Medical Informatics.

Philip Bourne

Philip Bourne is a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego, the Director of Integrative Biosciences at the San Diego Supercomputer Center and Co-director of the Protein Data Bank. He received a first class honors degree and a PhD in Chemistry from the Flinders University of South Australia.

Dr. Bourne was a postdoctoral research fellow at both Sheffield University, UK, and Columbia University, NY, where he worked on the elucidation of various protein structures including the iron storage protein ferritin and post-synaptic neurotoxins. He began a career in structural bioinformatics nine years ago and focuses on data modeling, query languages and the understanding of structure-function relationships with particular reference to cell signaling and apoptosis.

Dr. Bourne is an Associate Editor of the journal Bioinformatics and serves on the Advisory Board of Biopolymers. He is past-president of the International Society for Computational Biology and the recipient of Sun's convergence award. He has now been elected to membership in the American College of Medical Informatics.

Simon P. Cohn

Simon P. Cohn, MD, MPH, is the National Director for Health Information Policy for Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Cohn earned both his BA and MPH degrees at the University of California, Berkeley and his medical degree from the University of California, Davis. He completed his postgraduate medical training at St. Mary's Hospital in San Francisco. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Cohn maintains an active clinical practice.

Dr. Cohn's medical informatics interests began in 1984, when he developed widely used computer-assisted medical charting applications using the Apple Macintosh computer for ambulatory and Emergency Department settings in Northern California Kaiser Permanente. He holds two copyrights for these software applications. In 1991 he was named Clinical Information System Coordinator for Kaiser Permanente. In this role he worked with other KP leaders to develop and implement the first national KP Clinical Information Systems Strategy. From 1997–98 he was the National Director for Data Warehousing for KP. Since 1999, he has devoted his energies at KP to health information policy and issues related to encounter data capture. Dr. Cohn was co-investigator on a federally sponsored demonstration project for clinical terminologies. He has published on this topic. In 2002, he was a recipient of a President's Award from AMIA for his contributions to the field.

Dr. Cohn serves on many national boards and committees concerned with health information policy issues. He is a member of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), the main public advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on health information policy and HIPAA. He chairs its Subcommittee on Standards and Security. Under his chairmanship, the subcommittee, in addition to its central role in HIPAA implementation, has developed a series of national recommendations on standards for patient medical record information. Additionally, he is a member of the AMA CPT Editorial Panel and the National Uniform Claims Committee (NUCC). He is also a member of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Patient Safety Data Standards. Previously Dr. Cohn served as a board member of the Workgroup on Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and Executive Committee member of the Computer-based Patient Record Institute (CPRI). He has now been elected to membership in the American College of Medical Informatics.

Antoine Geissbuhler

Antoine Geissbuhler

Antoine Geissbuhler

Antoine Geissbuhler is a Professor of Medical Informatics at Geneva University School of Medicine and Director of the Division of the Medical Informatics at Geneva University Hospitals.

Dr. Geissbuhler graduated from the Geneva University School of Medicine in 1991 as a Philips European Young Scientist first award laureate. He received his doctorate for work on tri-dimensional reconstruction of positron emission tomography images. He then trained in internal medicine under the direction of Prof. Francis Waldvogel. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in medical informatics at Vanderbilt University, he rose to Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Vice-Chairman of the Division of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. There Dr. Geissbuhler worked primarily on the development of clinical information systems and knowledge-management tools. During his time at Vanderbilt, he was the primary developer of the WizOrder computerized Physician Order Entry system, which uses integrated decision support and is now being marketed commercially. In 1999, Dr. Geissbuhler returned to Geneva to head the Division of Medical Informatics in Geneva University Hospitals and School of Medicine, following in the steps of Prof. Jean-Raoul Scherrer, who founded this world-renowned group.

Dr. Geissbuhler's current research focuses on the development of innovative computer-based tools for improving the quality and efficiency of care processes, at the local level of the hospital, at the regional level of a community healthcare informatics network, and at the global level with the development of a telemedicine network in Western Africa. He has now been named an international associate of the American College of Medical Informatics.

Dario A. Giuse

Dario A. Giuse is Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Associate Director of the Informatics Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; and Associate Professor of Computer Science in the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering. Dr. Giuse received the Dr. Ing. (“Dottore in Ingegneria”) degree from the Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy in 1979. He also received an M.S. degree (Pure and Applied Mathematical Logic) from Carnegie Mellon University in 1993.

After joining the faculty of the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, he spearheaded the effort to implement the StarChart electronic patient record system. The system provides an integrated, longitudinal patient record that contains all lab results, radiology reports, discharge summaries, problem lists, clinic notes, letters, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, and pulmonary function test reports for both inpatient and outpatient encounters. The system is used interactively via a Web-based front-end for day-to-day clinical patient care, and as the back-end repository for automated decision support tools. Before coming to Vanderbilt in 1994, Dr. Giuse was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. There, he served as the main architect of the QMR-KAT knowledge acquisition tool, the first knowledge editor to be used for large-scale, multi-center diagnostic medical knowledge acquisition. With his colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh, he conducted a systematic evaluation of the costs of long-term maintenance of medical knowledge bases, documenting statistically significant inter-rater reproducibility for the extraction of medical knowledge from the literature.

Dr. Giuse became a member of Sigma Xi in 1984. He serves on the editorial boards for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Elsevier and was selected as a guest editor for a section of the Yearbook of Medical Informatics, Schattauer in 1999. Dr. Giuse has served as a member of the American Medical Informatics Association Bylaws Committee, as well as co-chair of Working Group 10 (Hospital Information Systems) of the International Medical Informatics Association. In 1991, Dr. Giuse was Keynote Speaker at the VI National Congress of the Italian Medical Informatics Association and more recently addressed the International Medical Informatics Association Working Conference on Health Information Systems in 2002. He has now been elected to membership in the American College of Medical Informatics.

Nunzia B. Giuse

Nunzia B. Giuse is Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Director of the Eskind Biomedical Library at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Science after earning an MD at Universita' degli Studi di Brescia, Brescia, Italy.

Prior to coming to Vanderbilt in 1994, Dr. Giuse established herself at the University of Pittsburgh as an independent researcher in the area of multi-center medical knowledge base acquisition strategies. She conducted a systematic sequence of investigations of medical knowledge base methodologies from 1988–95 that represented a significant contribution to the relatively new field of medical informatics. In her current position, Dr. Giuse has pioneered the application of models from the adult learning research literature to continuing professional education within the library. She has also pioneered the idea of actively involving the library in VUMC clinical activities, and has gained national recognition for developing the “Informationist” model.

Dr. Giuse currently chairs the Medical Informatics Section, Medical Library Association and has chaired the Medical Informatics Section/MLA Career Develop-ment Grant Jury. She is currently a member of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association Editorial Board. In addition, she serves as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, Lister Hill Center, National Library of Medicine. A complete list of Dr. Giuse's committee memberships can be found at <>. She has now been elected to membership in the American College of Medical Informatics.

John Lumpkin

Dr. John R. Lumpkin was appointed director of the Illinois Department of Public Health in January 1991, after serving as acting director since September 1990. He is the first African-American to hold this position at the agency. For the previous five years, Dr. Lumpkin had been associate director of the Department's Office of Health Care Regulation. Before joining the state health department, Dr. Lumpkin served as an emergency physician at several Chicago hospitals, including St. Mary's Nazareth, South Chicago Community and the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Lumpkin received his medical degree in 1974 from Northwestern University Medical School. He trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago and earned his master's degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health.

Dr. Lumpkin is active in national policy development on public health information systems and performance measurement and teaches these subjects at the graduate level at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. He has also been active in injury prevention and has provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health of the Arab Republic of Egypt on behalf of the U.S. Public Health Service. He has served on a number of national advisory committees and currently serves as Chair of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), Chair of the NCVHS Workgroup on National Health Information; past member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee to the Director; the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Public Health Performance Measures, Public Health Roundtable and Performance Partnership Grants Panel. Active in numerous professional organizations, Dr. Lumpkin is a member of the National Forum for Health Care Quality Measurement and Reporting (i.e., National Quality Forum), past president of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Accountability, a former Commissioner of the Pew Commission on Environmen-tal Health, a past board member of the American College of Emergency Physicians and past president of the Society of Teachers of Emergency Medicine. He has now been elected to membership in the American College of Medical Informatics.

Julie McGowan

Julie J. McGowan, PhD, is Associate Dean for Information Resources and Educational Technology at Indiana University School of Medicine. She holds academic appointments as Professor of Knowledge Informatics and Professor of Pediatrics and is an Affiliated Scientist at the Regenstrief Institute. She received an MLS from the University of Maryland and an MA (Medical Iconography) and a PhD (Medical Education) from the University of South Carolina.

Dr. McGowan's primary interest is application of information technology in support of clinical decision-making and medical education. Formerly the Associate Dean for Health Sciences Informatics and Library Resources at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, she led development of VTMEDNET, a comprehensive statewide health information network that provided secure access to patient information, library and public health resources, as well as distributed learning. She is involved in similar citywide projects in Indianapolis through the Regenstrief Institute.

Dr. McGowan's interest in informatics education at the undergraduate medical school level led to the development of an innovative four-year Vertical Curriculum in Information Literacy and Applied Medical Informatics at the University of Vermont and the re-engineering of a required fourth year clerkship in Medical Informatics at Indiana University. She is a founding faculty member of the IU School of Informatics, the first in the country, and a member of the participating faculty of the Regenstrief Institute Medical Informatics Fellowship program.

Dr. McGowan worked to establish the Group on Information Resources for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), was a member of its first elected Steering Committee and served as Chair for 2002–2003. She is a member of AMIA's Public Policy Committee, Meetings Committee, and Finance Committee and just completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association [1999–2002]. Dr. McGowan also is a member of the Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine [1999–2003] and the Health Research Dissemination and Implementation Study Section/Special Emphasis Panel of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [1998–2003]. She has now been elected to membership in the American College of Medical Informatics.

Lucila Ohno-Machado

Lucila Ohno–Machado

Lucila Ohno–Machado

Lucila Ohno-Machado is Associate Director of the Department of Radiology Decision Systems Group at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Associate Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School. She also is an Affiliated Faculty member in the Health Sciences and Technology Division for Harvard and MIT. Dr. Machado earned an MD from the University of Sao Paulo School of Medicine in Brazil, an MHA from Escola de Administracao de Sao Paulo, FGV, Brazil, and a PhD from Stanford University.

From 1990 to 1991, Dr. Machado served as the director of the Medical Informatics program in the University of Sao Paulo Radiology department. She has been an Information Technology Services consultant for Kaiser Permanente in Walnut Creek, California and has taught as both an Instructor and an Assistant Professor in the Harvard Medical School Radiology department.

Dr. Machado has received numerous honors for her work in medical informatics. She received the Doctoral Dissertation Award from the Agency for Health Care and Policy Research in addition to an award for Best Theoretical Paper in the Student Paper Competition at the Eighteenth Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). She has also been recognized by AMIA as a Best Paper Award finalist at the 1996 Fall Symposium and as a Martin Epstein award recipient in 1994. Dr. Machado also received the Dean's fellowship award from the Stanford University School of Medicine, the James A. Shannon Director's Award from the National Institute of Health, the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research from Brigham & Women's Hospital, and the Taplin Award from the Division of Health Sciences and Technology, conferred by Harvard and MIT. She has also given of her time by sitting on several review committees and panels, including the Biomedical Library Review Committee for the National Library of Medicine and the Special emphasis panels of the NIH's National Center for Research Resources, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Dr. Machado currently serves as a Reviewer for the Norges Forskningsrad (Norwegian Research Council) and was an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. She has now been elected to membership in the American College of Medical Informatics.

Frank Sonnenberg

Frank Sonnenberg

Frank Sonnenberg

Frank Sonnenberg, MD, FACP, is Professor of Medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and Clinical Associate Professor of Health Informatics at UMDNJ's School of Health Related Professions. He is Medical Director of Clinical Information Systems of the Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Group, the faculty practice of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Director of Health Informatics at UMDNJ. Dr. Sonnenberg received his BS in Biochemistry with Highest Honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his MD from UCLA. He did a residency in Internal Medicine at UCLA and fellowship in Clinical Decision Making and Medical Applications of Computer Science at the New England Medical Center.

Dr. Sonnenberg's research has focused on applications of decision modeling to health care including cost-effectiveness analysis. He has been one of the principal developers of Decision Maker, one of the earliest, and still widely used, microcomputer-based decision analysis programs and U-Maker, a microcomputer-based utility assessment program. Dr. Sonnenberg's current research focuses on user-friendly interfaces to decision models and computer-based implementation of clinical guidelines including HGML, the Hypertext Guideline Markup Language, an XML-based markup approach to clinical guideline encoding.

Dr. Sonnenberg is currently Editor-in-chief of the journal Medical Decision Making. He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. He is a previous recipient of first prize in the Lee Lusted Student Prize Competition of the Society for Medical Decision Making and has received FIRST and RCDA Awards from the National Library of Medicine. He has now been elected to membership in the American College of Medical Informatics.