Speakers and Facilitators
The following speakers and facilitators have been confirmed for the Informationist Conference.
Speakers who have provided presentations in advance are denoted with . Presentation links are available below, along with the speaker's biographical information.
This page was last update October 13, 2010.
Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, FACMI, is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom professor, School of Nursing and College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Brennan received a masters of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Dr. Brennan has held several academic positions. She developed and directed the ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients.
Dr. Brennan currently directs the HeartCare initiative, a Web-based home care support service for patients recovering from cardiac surgery. Dr. Brennan is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, and an elected Member of the Institute of Medicine. She served as president of the American Medical Informatics Association (1999-2001) and serves as founding associate editor for its prestigious publication, the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.
As a career scientist at Mayo, Dr. Chute's NIH and AHCPR funded research in medical concept representation, clinical information retrieval, and patient data repositories have been widely published. He was Vice-chair of the ANSI Health Information Standards Board through 2001, and is now Convener of ISO TC215/WG3 on Healthcare Concept Representation, co-chair of the HL7 Terminology Committee and a member of the NIH Medical Informatics Study Section. He has chaired IMIA WG6 on Medical Concept Representation since 1994. He previously co-chaired the CPRI WG on Terminology and the series of National Conference on Clinical Terminologies. Additional information is available at http://mayoresearch.mayo.edu/staff/chute_cg.cfm.
He served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1965 to1974, where he was associate professor of medicine from 1971 to 1974. He then was appointed professor of medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (1974-1987), where, in 1974, he was chief, Division of General Medicine, a position he held until 1982. From 1982 until 1987 he was chief, Department of Medicine, New Britain General Hospital, New Britain, CT. In 1987 he became senior vice president for education at the American College of Physicians and remained in that position until his appointment as editor, Annals of Internal Medicine, on March 1, 1995. He retired as editor on July 1, 2001, and is now an editorial consultant.
Dr. Davidoff has been the principal investigator of research grants from the National Institutes of Health, the National Fund for Medical Education, the Commonwealth Fund, the Pew Charitable Trust, and the American College of Physicians-American Society for Internal Medicine Foundation.
Dr. Davidoff was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1966. He is a founding member of the Society of General Internal Medicine and a member of the American Federation for Clinical Research, the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and of the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Davidoff has served on Study Sections of the National Institutes of Health and advisory panels of the American Board of Internal Medicine, the Association of American Medical Colleges (Conflict of Interest), the National Academy of Sciences, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the National Library of Medicine (PubMed Central), and the National Research Council. He has also served on the editorial board of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and has been a manuscript reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine, and Journal of General Internal Medicine. He has published more than sixty original papers and book chapters on a range of subjects including lipid metabolism, diabetes, molecular pharmacology, medical education, publication and research ethics, and medical decision making and editorials on a variety of topics related to clinical medicine, medical editing, and the environment of medical practice. He is the author of the book of essays Who Has Seen a Blood Sugar? Reflections on Medical Education.
Steven Desiderio, M.D., is investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Further information is available at http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institute_cell_engineering/experts/stephen_desiderio.html.
Ellen Detlefsen is a tenured faculty member in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, with joint appointments in the Center for Biomedical Informatics and in the Women's Studies Program. She was educated at Smith College and Columbia University and holds her doctorate from the Columbia University School of Library Service. Her areas of expertise and teaching competence include biomedical and health sciences information, medical informatics, and resources and services for special populations such as patients and health care consumers, and the aging and their caregivers. She will be awarded the Medical Library Association's Lucretia McClure Award for Excellence in Education at MLA, 02 in Dallas.
Detlefsen is an active member of the Medical Library Association, past chair of the Medical Library Education Section, and past chair of the Pittsburgh Regional Chapter. She currently serves on the national Chapter Council of MLA, and she completed a term on the national MLANET Editorial Board. She gave the keynote address for the Upstate New York/Ontario Chapter in 1998 and has taught or co-taught continuing educaton courses for the North Atlantic Health Sciences Libraries Chapter, Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Pittsburgh, and Hawaii-Pacific chapters, as well as at the national MLA meeting. She also teaches CME courses for the American College of Psychiatrists.
Recent publications by Dr. Detlefsen include articles on the education of "informationists," Web materials in women's health, the information behavior of health professionals, and changes in library education in response to a changing health care and medical school environment. Her paper on "Education for Health Sciences and Biomedical Librarianship: Past, Present, Future" won the l988 Ida and George Eliot Prize from the Medical Library Association, a prize which recognizes the year's "most distinguished contribution to the literature of medical librarianship."
Dr. Detlefsen is currently project director for the Highmark Minority Health Link initiative, which seeks to build minority-sensitive consumer health materials for health care consumers in the African American communities of Western Pennsylvania. This project is supported by a grant to the Department of Library and Information Science from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, two master's students will be appointed as Highmark Fellows during each year of the project.
In 1996 and 1997, she was co-principal investigator on a National Library of Medicine Planning Grant for the Education and Training of Health Sciences Librarians. Together with Dr. Louise Su, she was also co-principal investigator for a 1996 Department of Education Institute Grant on Life Sciences Reference and Research; she and Dr. Margaret Kimmel were Co-Principal Investigators on a 1997 Department of Education Institute grant on Library and Information Sources and Services for Seniors and their Caregivers.
Until October 1998, she was director of Academic Computing at the University of Rochester Medical Center, a position that included responsibility for the Edward G. Miner Library and for Rochester's IAIMS planning initiative. Before moving to Rochester, Dr. Florance held various positions at the William H. Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University. She began her health information sciences career at the Eccles Health Sciences Library, as editor of MEDOC: Computerized Index to Government Documents in the Health & Information Sciences. She has been a member of the National Library of Medicine's Biomedical Library Review Committee and was a member of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences study that published its report "Networking Health: Prescriptions for the Internet" in June 2000.
While in Utah, Dr. Florance received graduate degrees in medical anthropology and library sciences. She completed her doctoral studies in information sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. In 1995, she received MLA's Ida and George Eliot prize for her article " The Health Sciences Librarian as Knowledge Worker," coauthored with Nina Matheson. In 1997, she received the Eliot prize again for her article "Educating Physicians to Use the Digital Llibrary," coauthored by Sherrilynne Fuller, Robert Braude, and Mark Frisse. She is past editor of the Annual Statistics of Medical School Libraries in the United States and Canada, published by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries.
Carla J. Funk has been the executive director of the Medical Library Association (MLA) since 1992.
Ms. Funk previously worked for the American Medical Association (AMA) in several positions including director of medical student services, the women in medicine project, and the AMA library's automation and technical services. She has also been a consultant for the Suburban Library System in the Chicago suburbs and a public library director.
Active in several professional associations, Ms. Funk has been a president of the Illinois Library Association and been active in the American Library Association, American Association of Medical Society Executives, and the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). She is also an adjunct faculty member for the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science.
Ms. Funk holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, a master's in library science from Indiana University, and a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. She recently became a certified association executive granted through the ASAE certification program. She is a member of Beta Phi Mu, the library honorary society, and is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the Midwest.
A New York native, Dr. Gallin attended public school in New Rochelle, N.Y., graduated cum laude in 1965 from Amherst College and earned his M.D. degree at Cornell University Medical College in 1969. He was a medical intern and resident at New York University-Bellevue Hospital Medical Center from 1969 to 1971, and received training in Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from 1971-1974. In 1974-75 he returned to the New York University-Bellevue Hospital Medical Center as the Senior Chief Medical Resident.
Dr. Gallin is an active clinician, a researcher and an administrator. He served as Scientific Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) from 1985-1994. During this period, Dr. Gallin oversaw all intramural activities for NIAID, including doubling of the research budget in response to the AIDS epidemic, introduction of a modern informatics program to NIAID and revitalization of NIAID's Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana. Since 1991 Dr. Gallin has been Chief of the Laboratory of Host Defenses, NIAID. His primary research interests focus on the role of phagocytes, the body's scavenger cells in host defense. When phagocytes fail to produce hydrogen peroxide and bleach a rare hereditary immune disorder, chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) of childhood, results. His laboratory has described the genetic basis for several forms of this disease and the use of interferon-gamma to reduce life-threatening infections in CGD. Dr. Gallin has authored over 290 research articles and edited the text books Inflammation [Lippincott Williams and Wilkins (1999)] and Principles and Practice of Clinical Research [Academic Press (2002)].
In 1994 Dr. Gallin was appointed to his current position as Director of the NIH Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center with a dual appointment as NIH Associate Director for Clinical Research. The NIH Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center serves the clinical research needs of 15 NIH institutes and is the largest clinical research hospital in the world. As the Director of the NIH Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center and NIH Associate Director for Clinical Research, Dr. Gallin has led the revitalization of clinical research at NIH. This has included implementation of changes in clinical research infrastructure with emphasis on training (establishment of a curriculum in clinical research) and utilization of telemedicine in clinical research.
Among Dr. Gallin's awards are the USPHS Distinguished Service Award, the Young Investigator Award of the American Federation for Clinical Research, and the Squibb Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In 1988 he received an honorary Doctor of Science from Amherst College. In 1991 he received the USPHS award for orphan product development for his studies leading to the licensing of interferon-gamma to reduce infections in CGD. In 2001 he was recognized as the Physician Executive of the Year Award by the USPHS. Dr. Gallin is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the Association of American Physicians and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.
Dr. Gallin is married to Elaine Klimerman Gallin (1966) and they have two children, Alice (an attorney, b 1968) and Michael (an architect, b 1970).
Further information is available at http://www.niaid.nih.gov/LabsAndResources/labs/aboutlabs/lhd/clinicalPathophysiologySection/Pages/gallin.aspx.
Dr. Hammond is president of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He has served on the AMIA Board since its beginning and has served as Treasurer twice. He has twice served as the Chair of Health Level 7 and is currently co-chair of the Vocabulary Technical Committee and the Vice Chair of the HL7 Technical Steering Committee. He served as President of the American College of Medical Informatics. He served as Chair of the Computer-based Patient Record Institute and on the Board. He was a Chair of ACM SIGBIO for two terms. He is currently the Convenor of ISO Technical Committee 215, Working Group 2.
Dr. Hammond has served and is serving on a number of editorial boards and has served on a number of NIH review committees. He is a fellow of ACMI and of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering. He has published over 300 technical articles.
Additional information is available at https://www.dtmi.duke.edu/directory/Hammo001.
Homan served on the MLA Board of Directors from 1986 to 1988 and on the Board of Directors of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries (AAHSL) from 1991 to 1994. He served as editor of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association from October 1996 until April 2000 and was managing editor of books for MLA from 1990 to 1996. Her currently serves on the PubMed Central National Advisory Committee of the National Library of Medicine (2000-2003) and on the editorial board of Academic Medicine, official journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Marshall Keys founded MDA Consulting after retiring from ten years as Executive Director of NELINET, Inc., the largest library organization in New England. He earned a Bachelor's degree in English from Rutgers College and Master's and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in English from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Keys also holds a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has worked as a college professor, serials librarian, reference librarian, library director, and academic dean. He has been active in a number of professional organizations and frequently writes and speaks on the impact of technology and social change on libraries.
Mr. Keys won the 1999 Emerson Greenaway Award, given by the New England Library Association for outstanding career contributions to librarianship. In July, 2000, he was named to the National Advocacy Honor Roll by the Association of Library Trustees and Advocates. The citation said, "Each time you listen to Marshall speak or read a column he wrote, you are challenged, energized, and proud to serve in the library profession." In September, 2000, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Studies. He was the keynote speaker at the ALTA meeting in San Francisco in June, 2001, and has given keynote speeches to the North Carolina Library Association, the Vermont Library Association, the Tennessee Library Association, and to many networks and other organizations.
MDA Consulting assists libraries and other information intensive organizations in developing strategic thinking. Clients have included Innovative Interfaces, Inc., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Library of Michigan, Brown University, the University of Maryland, the Hartford Free Public Library, the University of Manitoba, Bridgewater State College, and a number multi-type systems, including the Northeastern and Central Regional Library Systems in Massachusetts, and the North Suburban Library System in Illinois.
Marshall Keys is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Simmons College Graduate School of Information and Library Studies and has recently given presentations for the New England Library Association, the Alberta Library Association, the University of Toronto, Plymouth State College, North Atlantic Health Sciences Librarians, the Cleveland Area Metropolitan Library System, and the NORWELD system in Ohio.
Her scholarship and research lie in two broad and diverse areas of inquiry. The first is organizational structure and its effect on faculty lives and productivity and the second involves the factors affecting the quality of life of the elderly, particularly the institutionalized elderly. She has publications resulting from work in both of these areas.
Dr. Langston has been engaged in nursing education for many years, serving as a faculty member in six different nursing schools (five of which are in the southern region) and has experience in all types of nursing education programs, with the exception of Licensed Practiced Nurse education. She is currently a professor at the School of Nursing of Virginia Commonwealth University(VCU) located in Richmond, Virginia.
In addition to her appointments as faculty, she has a lengthy history of appointments to administrative positions within nursing programs. She served as associate dean for undergraduate programs at the University of Nebraska. In that position she held a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Administration and taught a course of faculty issues of higher education. After eight years at Nebraska, she became dean of the School of Nursing at University of North Carolina-Charlotte where she served for six years and she then moved to VCU in July, 1991.
Dr. Langton has a lengthy record of involvement in local civic organizations such as Civitan, the Charlotte hospice board, the Richmond free clinic board, and on the disaster management planning committee of the Richmond chapter of the American Red Cross. In addition she has an extensive history of involvement in professional nursing organizations at local, state, regional, and national levels. At the national level, she has served on several committees of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. For the National League for Nursing she served as the chairperson of the Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in the early 1990s and in September 2001, she completed a twoyear term as president of the association. In her role as president, she had the opportunity to participate in numerous and diverse committees and task forces and speak at numerous meetings, the majority of which are related to nursing and nursing education. That participation continues with such national activities as membership on the International Nursing Coalition for Mass Casualty Education, membership on an advisory task force for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, the association that prepares the licensing exam and advises states on the licensing and regulation of nursing, and later this month she will serve on an expert panel on the nursing shortage at a meeting of the Academic Health Centers.
Rosalind Lett, M.S.L.S., AHIP, is the Library Director, Meharry Medical College Medical Library, Nashville, TN. Ms. Lett's CV is available here . , 83KB
Joanne G. Marshall is currently dean and professor at the School of Information & Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Further information is available at http://ils.unc.edu/~marshall/.
Dr. McCarrick is certified in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, administrative psychiatry, addiction medicine and pain management. He is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Medicine. His residency was done at the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowships were done at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. McGowan serves on the Board of Directors of the Medical Library Association and the IAIMS Consortium and is chair of the Group on Information Resources of the Association of American Medical Colleges. She has been principal investigator of a number of grants involving information outreach and was recently awarded funding to create the National Outreach Mapping Center, a project of the National Library of Medicine and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
Dr. McGowan is the author of numerous publications and her research interests include the use of clinical decision support systems and telemedicine for rural health care delivery, the impact of applied medical informatics curricular constructs on information acquisition and decision making, the educational outcomes of learning technologies, and the technology evaluation, economic impact, and human factors involved in the implementation of medical informatics applications.
K. Ann McKibbon, M.L.S., is a doctoral student at the University of Pittsburgh/McMaster University.
Kathleen Burr Oliver, M.S.L.S., M.P.H., associate director of the Welch Library, is responsible for the Welch Library's communication and liaison programs. Ms. Oliver serves as member of the Johns Hopkins Ad Hoc Committee on Literature Searches. Created by the vice dean for research in July 2001, the committee is charged with developing 'a practical standard for literature searches with specific reference to adverse events'. The committee developed and is currently testing peer-reviewed guidelines for literature searches for use by investigators and institutional review boards.
Prior to this position, Ms. Oliver was responsible for the educational programming of the library, and, in that role, led the development and presentation of several web-cast lectures available on the library's website. The library ranks high among AAHS libraries in number of educational sessions offered each year. Before coming to Hopkins in 1998, Ms. Oliver managed a number of small scientific and medical libraries including those of NIAID Rocky Mountain Laboratory, American College of Cardiology and AMA Washington Office as well as serving as reference librarian and search analyst at the NIH Library, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association, and UCLA's Biomedical Library. She was a project director for Georgetown University's Public Services Laboratory for a literature review of a cost of illness study, and developed topic specific web resources for the public radio documentary group, Soundprint. Her public health training focused on maternal and child health policy, planning and evaluation, and her undergraduate degree is in biology and chemistry.
T. Scott Plutchak has been director and associate professor, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham since 1995; editor of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (formerly Bulletin of ) since 1999; and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
Mr. Plutchak was formerly associate director and then director of the Health Sciences Library at St. Louis University following a stint at the National Library of Medicine as a library associate and then as a technical information specialist.
Mr. Plutchak holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Dr. Schyve received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He completed his medical education and residency in psychiatry at the University of Rochester, and has subsequently held a variety of professional and academic appointments in the areas of mental health and hospital administration, including as Director of the Illinois State Psychiatric Institute and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago. Dr. Schyve is certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He has published in the areas of psychiatric treatment and research, quality assurance, continuous quality improvement, health care accreditation, patient safety, and health care ethics.
Jean P. Shipman is Director of the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University. She also serves as part of the senior administrative team of the James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries. She is chair of the Medical Library Association's (MLA) Informationist Task Force and serves as Secretary of the MLA Board of Directors. She was Associate Program Chair of the 2001 MLA annual meeting. She is also a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
Prior to her directorship position, Jean was the Associate Director for Information Resources Management at the Health Sciences Libraries, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Before that, she was the Resource Management Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region. She started her professional career at the Johns Hopkins University Welch Medical Library and was a library manager for the Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD.
Jean has a Masters of Science in Library Science degree from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio and a BA from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA.
Kent A. Smith is deputy director of the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, MD. Further information is available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/archive//20050209/od/roster/smith.html.
Over the last four years, Dr. Tennant has striven to bring genetics subject-knowledge to her fellow medical and science librarians through continuing education courses, consultations at their institutions, and publication. Dr. Tennant is a member of a seven-person team (librarians and scientists) developing educational materials and a weeklong course in the use if National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) resources. She is a member of the U.F. Genetics Institute Executive Board, chair of the Special Libraries Association's Biomedical and Life Sciences Division, past-convener of the Medical Library Association's Molecular Biology and Genomics Special Interest Group, and a senior member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
Linda Watson has been director of the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library at the University of Virginia Health System since May 1990. At the university, she has been involved in a number of health system wide informatics activities, including serving as co-principle investigator on an NLM IAIMS Planning Grant. She is a lecturer in the School of Medicine's Department of Health Evaluation Sciences.
Her previous library positions include five years at the Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, Texas, from 1985 to 1990 and ten years at the National Library of Medicine from 1976 to1985. She began her medical library career as a library associate in NLM's post-graduate internship program in 1975.
Linda has been active in the Medical Library Association for many years and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She was program chair for MLA's annual meeting in 1995 and served on the MLA Board of Directors from 1996 to 1999 and as Treasurer in 1997 to1999. She is currently president-elect.
Linda has her master's in library science from Simmons College in Boston and her bachelor's from the University of Connecticut. She also attended Georgetown University.
Ms. Wolf is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, received a master of library science from Columbia University, and is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.
Throughout Ms. Wolf's career, she has had teaching responsibilities, both formal and informal. Her students have included medical students, physicians, librarians, library assistants, and office staff. In 1996, she developed and taught an MLA Continuing Education Course, "Strategic Positioning for Hospital Libraries and Librarian." Ms. Wolf works closely with the Christiana Care organizational development team, developing and teaching classes in time management and the valuable office professional. She also serves on health care system committees addressing such topics as clinical decision rules, patient safety, and career development.
Included in her responsibilities as associate director are reference services, the clinical librarian program, interlibrary loan services, and production of newsletters. In addition to the library newsletter, she produces "EBM News from the Medical Libraries" and a monthly publication designed to alert hospital managers to important items from the medical literature.
Recent professional association activities have included participation in the MLA Mentor Program Task Force and service on the board of the Hospital Libraries Section (HLS)/MLA. She was chair of the HLS Professional Development Committee and has served on the HLS Nominating Committee and on the HLS Program Committee. Ms. Wolf served as chair of the Philadelphia Regional Chapter/MLA and served the chapter in many other capacities.
Her most recent journal publication is" Hospital librarianship in the United States: At the Crossroads," Jmed Libr Assoc 2002 Jan;90(1):38-48. This publication is part of the informationist symposium, "Patient-Centered Librarianship: The Informationist and Beyond." In the fall of 2001, she spoke at the Upstate New York/Ontario Chapter of Medical Library Association Annual Conference on the topic, "Hospital-Based Clinical Librarianship in the Electronic Era."
Ms Wolf is the recipient of the Christiana Care Health System's Gold Award for Service Excellence. She has also received the Chapter Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Regional Chapter/MLA.
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