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Payne named fellow of medical, biological engineering institute

Informatics specialist honored for outstanding contributions

February 15, 2021

Philip R. O. Payne, PhD, director of the Institute for Informatics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). According to AIMBE, its College of Fellows is limited to the top 2% of medical and biological engineers. Payne also is associate dean for health information and data science, and chief data scientist for the School of Medicine.

He is one of 174 engineers to receive this honor in 2021. He will be inducted during a virtual ceremony March 26.

Payne, also the Janet and Bernard Becker Professor, is an international leader in the fields of translational bioinformatics and clinical research informatics. He is the founding director of Washington University’s Institute for Informatics, and his research has included the use of knowledge engineering, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction design principles to improve the design and conduct of data-intensive clinical and translational research programs. His work also concerns the delivery of new evidence produced by such research at the point of care through the use and optimization of health-care information technology platforms.

At Washington University, Payne has expanded the informatics education and resources available to the university community through the recruitment of more than a dozen informatics faculty members and many affiliated investigators across 10 departments and three schools. Under his leadership, Washington University now offers new certificate, master’s and doctoral programs in biomedical informatics and data science.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of medical informatics, he also has been elected a fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association and the American College of Medical Informatics.