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13 Fellows Inducted into American College of Medical Informatics

This story is from the American Medical Informatics Association website:

Thursday, November 5, 2015

(BETHESDA, MD) — Following their recent election, 13 new Fellows will be inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) on Nov. 15 at ceremonies during the AMIA 2015 Annual Symposium.

AMIA’s Annual Symposium is the premier educational event in the field. The symposium presents leading-edge scientific research on biomedical and health informatics and over 100 scientific sessions. The Symposium presents work from across the spectrum of the informatics field -- translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics and public health informatics.

ACMI President, Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, Alumni Professor of Nursing and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, welcomed the esteemed new Fellows to the College:

"The election of ACMI Fellows represents the strength and diversity of biomedical informatics with recognition of 13 accomplished individuals who are subject matter experts in the science of informatics as it relates to clinical care, research, education and policy practicing in domains as varied as academic institutions, delivery systems, government and industry,” said Dr. Bakken. “It reflects the growing impact of the field in healthcare."

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, is the center of action for 5,000 informatics professionals from more than 65 countries. As the voice of the nation’s top biomedical and health informatics professionals, 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.

James Case, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D. appointed Head of Terminology for the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO)

Please join me in congratulating Dr. James Case, D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D. on his new appointment as the Head of Terminology for the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organization (IHTSDO).  Jim was a UC Davis Veterinary School faculty for 24 years and upon retiring in 2010 joined the National Library of Medicine as a resident expert in terminology systems. He has been a volunteer contributor to HL-7 for 20 years and was the founding char of HL7’s Public Health Emergency Response Special Interest Group.  He has made many significant contributions to public health informatics, veterinary informatics, HL7 standards, LOINC, and the National Library of Medicine’s terminology group.  Jim was also a founding faculty member in our health informatics graduate program, and continues to be a member of the graduate group. He now joins IHTSDO (, a non-profit organization owned and governed by 27 international partners, with the goal of managing SNOMED CT and promoting its use as a global common terminology for healthcare.  Jim lives in a ranch in Dixon, CA.

Congratulations Jim!



Informatics Student Awarded Competitive Scholarship

Tara Sharifzadeh

First year health informatics student, Tara Sharifzadeh was recently awarded the NorthBay Hospital Guild Scholarship. This opportunity is made available to NorthBay employees furthering their education in a medical related field. Applicants are chosen based on their employment, volunteer activities, GPA, community service and desire to further their education in healthcare. There were a total of 66 scholarship applicants and Tara was one of seven awarded. Awardees are provided a $1000.00 contribution for their education. Congratulations to Tara!"

Dr. Odor wins LMSA Faculty/Advisor Service Award

Every year, each LMSA chapter votes on deserving faculty/advisors that they feel have contributed greatly to their chapter. All awardees are recognized at the annual LMSA West Regional Conference.

"Dr. Odor was instrumental in facilitating and supporting the creation of the Medical Spanish Course that was started by the UC Davis LMSA chapter. With his guidance and involvement we have been able to have successful classes with many great speakers from diverse backgrounds that present case studies in Spanish for students to practice their medical Spanish and learn Spanish medical terms. Recently, Dr. Alberto Odor was awarded the Provost Hybrid Course Award, which will allow him with LMSA help to develop a hybrid version of the Medical Spanish course that we hope to begin offering next year. His passion for teaching coupled with his strong roots in medicine and medical Spanish are inspirational to all of those who have had the opportunity to participate in the medical Spanish course and his commitment to student learning is undeniable! Therefore, without hesitation we feel that Dr. Odor deserves the Faculty Award for the UC Davis LMSA Chapter."

Karla Martinez-Tavera
M.D. Candidate 2018
UC Davis School of Medicine
UC Davis LMSA Co-Chair


Alumnus appointed Deputy Director of Center for Health Statistics and Informatics


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

James Greene, 63, of Sacramento, has been appointed deputy director of the Center for Health Statistics and Informatics at the California Department of Public Health. Greene previously served as medical director of informational technology partnerships at the University of California, Davis Medical Center from 2012 to 2013 and chief medical director at TriHealth Physicians Practices from 2007 to 2010. Greene was medical director at the Bethesda Group Practice from 1993 to 2007, owner and operator at J. Edward Greene M.D. from 1990 to 1993 and vice president and medical director at Prudential Insurance Company of North America from 1987 to 1990. He was chairman at the Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh Department of Family Medicine from 1986 to 1987 and medical director and chairman at the Health America Corporation of Kentucky Quality Assurance Committee from 1984 to 1987. Greene is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, American Telemedicine Association, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, American College of Physician Executives, American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and the California Academy of Family Physicians. He earned a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical College of Ohio and a Master of Science degree in health informatics from the University of California, Davis.