William W. Stead, M.D.

Dr. William Stead is Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Chief Strategy Officer at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).  He leads strategy development for VUMC as it seeks to provide extraordinary clinical care, train leaders in healthcare and make discoveries of fundamental importance to humanity.  He facilitates structured decision making to achieve strategic goals, curation of methods to drive transformation, and concept development to nurture system innovation. 

Dr. Stead received his B.A., M.D., and residency training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology from Duke University.  He remained on Duke’s faculty in Nephrology as the physician in the physician-engineer partnership that developed The Medical Record (TMR), one of the first practical electronic medical record systems.  He also helped Duke build one of the first patient-centered hospital information systems (IBM’s PCS/ADS). 

He came to VUMC in 1991 and holds appointments as the McKesson Foundation Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Medicine.  For two decades, he guided development of the Department of Biomedical Informatics (informatics research and education); Eskind Biomedical Library (knowledge management); Center for Better Health (accelerating change) and operational units providing information technology infrastructure to support education, research and health care programs through-out the Medical Center.  He aligned organizational structure and informatics architecture to bring cutting-edge research in natural language processing, data mining, data privacy and complex process visualization into clinical practice.  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 and population health management.

Dr. Stead is a Founding Fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Institute for Engineering in Biology and Medicine. He is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.   His awards include the Collen Award for Excellence in Medical Informatics and the Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics.  Most recently, the American Medical Informatics Association named the Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics in his honor.

He 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 and Health Statistics.

In addition to his academic and advisory responsibilities, Dr. Stead is a Director of HealthStream.