Curtis named Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics

October 9, 2018 – Curtis and 17 others will be formally inducted into the College during the AMIA Annual Symposium next month.

DCRI Interim Executive Director Lesley Curtis, PhD, will be inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) on Nov. 4 at ceremonies during the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2018 Annual Symposium in San Francisco.

Curtis is one of 18 Fellows who will be inducted this year.

Lesley Curtis“The election of ACMI Fellows represents the strength and diversity of informatics with recognition of 18 accomplished individuals who are national and international subject matter experts in the science of informatics as it relates to clinical care, research, education and policy,” said ACMI President Christopher G. Chute, MD, DrPH, of Johns Hopkins University. “It reflects the growing impact of the field in health care.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with many informatics experts in the course of my career and have learned a great deal from them,” Curtis said. “It’s truly an honor to be inducted into the College.”

ACMI is an honorary College of elected Informatics Fellows from the United States and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics and who have met rigorous scholarly scrutiny by their peers. Incorporated in 1984, ACMI dissolved its separate corporate status to merge with the American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics (AAMSI) and the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care (SCAMC), when AMIA was formed in 1989. The College now exists as an entity within AMIA, with its own bylaws and regulations.

AMIA, the leading professional association for informatics professionals, comprises 5,500 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. AMIA and its members play a leading role in assessing the effect of health innovations on health policy and advancing the field of informatics. AMIA actively supports five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics.

In addition to serving as interim executive director of the DCRI, Curtis is also chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences. A health services researcher by training, Curtis has spent her career advancing the health of patients with cardiovascular disease, eye disease, and other chronic conditions. An expert in the use of Medicare claims data for health services and clinical outcomes research, she has been a leader in using Medicare claims data along with large clinical registries and epidemiological cohort studies, including the Framingham Heart Study and the Cardiovascular Health Study.

Curtis co-leads the Distributed Research Network Operations Center for PCORI’s National Clinical Research Network (PCORnet), is co-principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health’s Health Care Systems Collaboratory, and co-leads the Data Core for the FDA’s Sentinel Initiative.