Hammond Delivers Inaugural Thought Leadership in Informatics Award to Protégé

At the Annual Symposium of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), held November 16-20, 2013 in Washington, DC, W. Ed Hammond, PhD, Director of Duke Center for Health Informatics, gave the inaugural William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics to its namesake, Dr. Bill Stead, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Chief Strategy Officer, and Director of the Informatics Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

AMIA describes the award as one that “acknowledges people who have influenced our thinking about informatics, especially improving health and health care in ways that are visionary and transformative.” Dr. Stead’s career is noteworthy for many such contributions, including being named a Founding Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA). According to AMIA, Dr. Stead has “led the nation in thinking about how biomedical informatics methods and architectures can improve health care systems for decades. His ideas coupled with his leadership have been significant at the local and the national level.”

“This award recognizes the distinguished career Bill Stead has had, which includes his many years at Duke, said Dr. Hammond, who mentored Dr. Stead in his early years at Duke University as a rising medical student. “Bill worked with me in developing TMR, Duke’s first computer-based patient record, and ultimately he went on serve as our Director of Medical Center Information Systems.”

For more information about Dr. Stead’s career, read his biography on the Vanderbilt University website.