The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) announced that Dr. Suzanne Bakken is the recipient of the 2019 IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence. IMIA is honoured to recognize the long-lasting contributions Dr. Bakken made through her research, education, development, and application of biomedical and nursing informatics and for her outstanding lifetime personal commitment and dedication to the field, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Christoph Lehmann, the president of IMIA, will present the François Grémy Award of Excellence on Monday, August 25th at the opening ceremonies of MedInfo 2019 in Lyon, France.

Dr. Bakken is the alumni professor of Nursing and professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University where she leads an NIH-funded research center and training program. Her research is focused on promoting health and reducing health disparities in underserved populations through the application of innovative informatics methods. A major focus of her current grant portfolio is the visualization of healthcare data for community members, patients, clinicians and community-based organizations.

Dr. Bakken is a fellow and past-president of the American College of Medical Informatics, a member of the National Academy of Medicine, an inaugural fellow of IMIA’s International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, to name a few of the professional bodies she is involved with. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and in 2019, she took the helm as editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.