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Ted Shortliffe, Former President and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association, to join NYAM as Scholar in Residence

New York, NY – Dr. Edward (Ted) Shortliffe, President and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), will be stepping down from his current position and joining NYAM as a Scholar in Residence effective April 2, 2012. In addition to working on the fourth edition of his textbook on biomedical informatics, he will provide support to several NYAM initiatives. As a former NYAM Trustee and Chair of the Library Committee, Dr. Shortliffe is familiar with the challenges and opportunities confronting NYAM’s Library, and will serve as an early adviser to the new Library Director.

Dr Shortliffe will also work with the Fellows’ Office to provide technical advice to Special Interest Group on Informatics and continue in his role as Chair of NYAM’s Awards Committee. He will also be available for consultations with NYAM staff or for informal presentations on the potential role of biomedical informatics in the research and policy work of the Academy.

Dr. Shortliffe holds academic appointments as Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at both Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and Arizona State University. Before assuming his position at AMIA, he was founding Dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine’s Phoenix campus. His research interests include the broad range of issues related to integrated decision-support systems, their effective implementation, and the role of the Internet in health care. An academic internist, Dr. Shortliffe has spearheaded the formation and evolution of graduate degree programs in biomedical informatics at Stanford, Columbia, and Arizona State University.

"Dr. Shortliffe brings a wealth of leadership experience to NYAM, particularly as we continue to strengthen our work in biomedical informatics and as we embark on new and exciting changes to our library," said Dr. Jo Ivey Boufford, NYAM President. "The NYAM community will benefit greatly from his guidance and wisdom as we continue to tackle these pressing issues."

Dr. Shortliffe is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Association of American Physicians. He has also been elected to fellowship in the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. A Master of the American College of Physicians, he received the Grace Murray Hopper Award of the Association for Computing Machinery in 1976. Currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Shortliffe has authored over 300 articles and books in the fields of biomedical computing and artificial intelligence. He holds an MD and a PhD in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford University.

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Posted on April 2, 2012

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