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Bakken to receive award from the American College of Medical Informatics

Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, alumni professor at Columbia School of Nursing and professor of biomedical informatics at Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, will receive the prestigious Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence from the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) next month. According to ACMI, this award is presented to an “individual whose personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics has made a lasting impression on the field.” Since 1993, 31 individuals, including Bakken, have received this high honor; she is also the second nurse and sixth woman to be presented with the Collen Award. 

Currently at Columbia University, Bakken leads the Center for Community-Engaged Health Informatics and Data Science and co-leads the National Institute for Nursing Research-funded Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics Pre- and Post Doctoral Training Program, which she initiated in 2002.  

Outside of the university, she is editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, serves on the National Institutes of Health’s Novel and Exceptional Technology and Research Advisory Committee, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Bakken is also a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the ACMI, and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. She co-leads the NIH ENGAGE Working Group, which aims to increase patient and community engagement within research. 

“I am honored and humbled to receive ACMI’s highest award. As a pioneer in the integration of nursing science, biomedical informatics, and health equity, I am particularly proud of the many trainees from Columbia University who have become leaders in the field and who will advance its impact on health and health equity,” she says. 

Bakken will be recognized at the American Medical Informatics Association’s 2023 Annual Symposium in New Orleans, November 11-15. To learn more about the ACMI and the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence, please click here.