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Informatics leaders recognized for accomplishments in practice and research, health policy, nursing informatics, visionary and transformative thought leadership, and significant scholarly contribution.

The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) is proud to announce the 2021 Signature Award and Leadership Award recipients. The leaders will be presented with their awards at the AMIA 2021 Annual Symposium, Oct. 30 – Nov. 3, in San Diego. 

AMIA’s Annual Symposium is the largest informatics event worldwide. The Symposium presents leading-edge scientific research on biomedical and health informatics, and more than 150 scientific sessions. The work presented spans the spectrum of the informatics field: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics and public health informatics.

The AMIA Signature Awards program provides an opportunity for AMIA members at different stages of their careers to be recognized for significant contributions to the field of informatics.

“It is my honor and privilege to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of these informatics leaders,” said Patricia C. Dykes, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, AMIA Board Chair and President, and Program Director of Research at the Brigham and Women’s Center for Patient Safety, Research, and Practice. “We have seen significant growth in science and healthcare within the last 18 months, and I’m proud of these leaders for their contributions in transforming health and healthcare through informatics. We celebrate their exceptional achievements."  

AMIA Signature Awards

Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Don Eugene Detmer Award for Health Policy Contributions in Informatics
Theresa A. Cullen, MD, FAMIA, FACMI
Pima County, Arizona Health Department and Regenstrief Institute, Inc./Indiana University Department of Family Medicine

William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics
Vimla L. Patel, PhD, FACMI
New York Academy of Medicine

Virginia K. Saba Informatics Award
Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN, FAMIA, FAAN
University of Minnesota, School of Nursing         

New Investigator Award
Maxim Topaz, PhD, RN
Columbia University School of Nursing                        

AMIA Leadership Awards

Tiffani J. Bright, PhD, FACMI
For service as the Chair for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force.

Adi Gundlapalli, MD, PhD, MS, FAMIA
For service as the American Board of Preventive Medicine Sub-board Chair for Clinical Informatics.

The awards will be presented on Oct. 31, at the AMIA Awards and LEAD Gala. Proceeds support the AMIA Leadership and Education Award Donation (LEAD) Fund.