Suzanne B. Bakken, PhD, MS, BSN, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI

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My program of research focuses on the use of information and communication technologies and informatics processes to advance health equity.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Biomedical Informatics
  • Alumni Professor of the School of Nursing

Administrative Titles

  • Director, Center for PriSSM
  • Director, Reducing Health Disparities Through Informatics Training Program

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, Nursing, Arizona State University
  • MS, University of California - San Francisco
  • PhD, Nursing, University of California - San Francisco

Committees, Societies, Councils

  • 2007-11: National Institute of Nursing Research, NSAA, regular scientific review panel member
  • 2007: IOM, Committee on Review of the Adoption and Implementation of Health IT Standards by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technol
  • 2002-03: IOM, Committee on Data Standards for Patient Safety
  • 2001-present: Editorial Board, Journal of Biomedical Informatics
  • 2001: Scientific Program Chair, American Medical Informatics Association
  • 1998-present: Member, Clinical LOINC Committee
  • 1998-2002: American Nurses Association Representative to Health Level 7
  • 1997-2002, 2008-10: Editorial Board, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
  • 1997-2002: SNOMED International, Editorial Board Consultant and Chair, Convergent Terminology Group for Nursing
  • 2006-present: Council on Advancement of Nursing Science
  • 2006-present: Institute of Medicine
  • 2004-present: New York Academy of Medicine
  • 1997-present: American College of Medical Informatics
  • 1995-present: American Academy of Nursing
  • 1992-present: American Medical Informatics Association
  • 1989-present: Sigma Theta Tau
  • 1980-present: American Nurses Association - California

Honors & Awards

  • 2019: Franciois Gremy Award of Excellence, International Medical Informatics Association
  • 2018: International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, Sigma Theta Tau International
  • 2018: Nursing Informatics Award, Friends of the National Library of Medicine
  • 2017: Fellow, International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, International Medical Informatics Association
  • 2015: Distinguished Alumni Award, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2015-16: AAN/ANA/ANF Distinguished Nurse Scholar in Residenice, National Academy of Medicine
  • 2010: Pathfinder Award, Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research
  • 2008: Helen Nahm Lecture Award, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing
  • 2007: UCSF School of Nursing Centennial Wall of Fame
  • 2006: 21st Century Achievement Award for Education and Academia, Computerworld Honors Program
  • 2006: Institute of Medicine
  • 2004: Presidential Teaching Award, Columbia University
  • 2004: Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
  • 1997: Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics
  • 1995: Fellow, American Academy of Nursing


Program of research is at the intersection of informatics, evidence-based nursing practice, and underserved populations. Primary interests include decision support systems, mobile computing, natural language processing, and use of web-based approaches for interactive health communication in underserved populations.

Research Interests

  • Chronic disease
  • Clinical decision support
  • Community engagement
  • Data and information visualizations
  • Health disparities
  • Health literacy
  • Informatics
  • Interventions for patient self-management

Selected Publications

  • Johnson SB, Bakken S, Dine D, Hyun S, Mendonca E, Morrison F, Bright T, Van Vleck T, Wrenn J, Stetson P. An electronic health record based on structured narrative. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 2008;15:54-64.
  • Bakken S, Currie LM, Lee N-J, Roberts WD, Collins SA, Cimino JJ. Integrating Evidence into Clinical Information Systems for Nursing Decision Support. International Journal of Medical Informatics (in press).
  • Lee N-J, Bakken S. Development of a prototype personal digital assistant-decision support system for the management of adult obesity. International Journal of Medical Informatics 2007;76Suppl2:S281-92.
  • Ruland CM, Bakken S, Røislien J. Reliability and validity issues related to interactive tailored patient assessments: a case study. J Med Internet Res. 2007 Aug 1;9(3):e22.
  • Lai T-Y, Larson EL, Rockoff ML, Bakken S. User Acceptance of HIV TIDES - Tailored Interventions for Management of Depressive Symptoms in Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association e-pub 2007 December 20.
  • Bakken, S. Informatics for patient safety: A nursing research perspective. Annual Review of Nursing Research 2006;24:219-254.
  • Bakken, S., Grullon-Figueroa, L. Izquierdo, R., Lee, N-J., Morin, P., Palmas, W., Teresi, J., Weinstock, R.S., Shea, S., Starren, J. for the IDEATel Consortium. Development, validation, and use of English and Spanish Versions of the Telemedicine Satisfaction and Usefulness Questionnaire. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 2006; 13(6):660-7.
  • Cimino JJ, Bakken S. Personal digital educators. New England Journal of Medicine 2005; 351(9):860-862.
  • Dykes PC, Acevedo K, Boldrighini J, Boucher C, Frumento K, Gray P, Hall D, Smith L, Swallow A, Yarkoni A, Bakken S. Clinical practice guideline adherence before and after implementation of the HEARTFELT (HEART Failure Effectiveness & Leadership Team) intervention. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2005;20(5):306-314
  • Bakken S, Hyun S, Friedman C, Johnson S. ISO Reference Terminology Models for Nursing: Applicability for natural language processing. International Journal of Biomedical Informatics 2005;74(7-8):615-622.