William W. Stead, M.D.
Dr. Stead is Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, Chief Strategy Officer and Director of the Informatics Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Informatics Center is a unique blend of the Department of Biomedical Informatics of the School of Medicine (research and education), the Eskind Biomedical Library (knowledge management), the Center for Better Health (accelerating change) and the units that manage the medical center's information technology infrastructure.
Dr. Stead received his B.A., M.D., and training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology from Duke. At Vanderbilt, his team translates novel informatics techniques into information technology capable of handling the complexity and pace of change in biomedical science and health care. The resulting enterprise-wide electronic health record, clinical communication/decision support tools and population-scale research resources, support his current focus on system-based care and research leading toward personalized medicine.
Dr. Stead is McKesson Foundation Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Medicine. He is a Founding Fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Institute for Engineering in Biology and Medicine, and an elected member of both the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the American Clinical and Climatological Association. He was the first recipient of the Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics and the 2007 recipient of the Collen Award for Excellence in Medical Informatics.
He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and served as President of the American College of Medical Informatics, Chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, Presidential appointee to the Commission on Systemic Interoperability, and as Chair of the National Research Council Committee on Engaging the Computer Science Research Community in Health Care Informatics. He is a member of the Council of the Institute of Medicine, the Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Research Council and the National Committee for Vital Health Statistics.
In addition to his academic and advisory responsibilities, Dr. Stead is a Director of HealthStream.
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