Don E. Detmer, MD, MA, is to receive the 2010 Morris F. Collen Award from the American Medical College of Informatics, in recognition of his longstanding efforts to advance the field of biomedical and health informatics. The Collen Award is recognition of Dr. Detmer's personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics and the lasting impression he has made on the field. The prestigious award is to be presented at the opening session of AMIA's 34th Annual Symposium on Biomedical and Health Informatics, November 15, in Washington, DC.
Dr. Detmer, has promoted the field of biomedical informatics throughout his long career, from the time he was a surgical resident at Duke University to his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and now in his post-presidency position of Senior Advisor to the current AMIA President and CEO. He is Professor Emeritus and Professor of Medical Education at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, and Visiting Professor at the Centre for Health Informatics and Multi-professional Education (CHIME) at University College London, London, UK. He became the first health policy fellow at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) prior to taking a course on health management at Harvard Business School. Later, at University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a joint appointment in surgery and preventive medicine, he started the nation's first master's degree program to teach executive management to health professionals and received the Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Teaching. From there, he was invited to the University of Utah as Vice-President for Health Sciences and Professor of Surgery, where he also became Professor of Medical Informatics.
Historically, doctors have had to rely on memory in caring for their patients, but this is extremely difficult, if not impossible to do in today's era of exponentially exploding medical knowledge, Dr. Detmer said.
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