In the late 1960’s at Duke University, William Stead, MD was a medical student on a research team headed by W. Ed Hammond, Phd, a new professor in the Division of Biomedical Engineering at Duke. They, with the rest of their team, created one of the first electronic medical records in the U.S., The Medical Record (TMR). Fifty years later, Dr. Hammond still teaches at Duke and Dr. Stead is a Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine, and the Chief Strategy Officer of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University. The two are good friends and have shared numerous milestones in Informatics in the past 50 years. When the most recent Duke University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award was presented to Dr. Stead in November 2019, Dr. Hammond was by his side.
William (Bill) Stead, AB’70, MD’74 has throughout his career worked to further the adoption of information systems in the field of medicine. He began working in Informatics before there was such a discipline and has been instrumental in shaping how universities create a new generation of medical informaticists. He is a member of and has chaired numerous informatics committees and boards, has received the American Medical Association (AMIA) Morris Collin lifetime achievement award, was a leader in the creation of AMIA, and the inaugural recipient of a leadership award created in his name. Here is the link for additional information.