James J. Cimino, MD
Professor of Medicine and Director, Informatics Institute
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Cimino is Professor of Medicine, inaugural Director of the Informatics Institute, and Informatics Director for the Center for Clinical and Translational Science in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His responsibilities include coordination and enhancement of informatics activities across the university, development of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate informatics degree programs, and supporting clinical research informatics infrastructure. His own research is in clinical informatics with focus on improving clinical decision making through reinvention of electronic health records. He is board-certified in internal medicine and clinical informatics, and precepts in the internal medicine clinic at the UAB Hospital.
Dr. Cimino has been carrying out clinical informatics research, building clinical information systems, teaching medical informatics and medicine, and caring for patients for over 30 years, with principle research areas in desiderata for controlled terminologies, mobile and Web-based clinical information systems for clinicians and patients, context-aware form of clinical decision support called “infobuttons”, and clinical research data repositories. Past appointments include a Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine at Columbia University and Chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development at the National Library of Medicine and the NIH Clinical Center, where he designed and built the NIH’s Biomedical Translational Research Information System (BTRIS).
Dr. Cimino’s honors include Fellowships in the American College of Physicians, the New York Academy of Medicine, the American College of Medical Informatics and the International Academy of Health Science Informatics. He received the Priscilla Mayden Award from the University of Utah, the Medal of Honor from New York Medical College, the NIH Clinical Center Director’s Award (twice), and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine). Awards from the American Medical Informatics Association include President’s Award, the Donald A.B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics, and the Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence.
He has served as Board member and Secretary of the American Medical Informatics Association, President of the American College of Medical Informatics, and Co-Chair of the HL7 Vocabulary Technical Committee. He is co-editor (with Edward Shortliffe) of a leading textbook on Biomedical Informatics and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.
Dr. Cimino obtained an ScB in Biology from Brown University and an MD from New York Medical College. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in New York City and a Medical Informatics Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University. Dr. Cimino was appointed to the Committee in 2020 and serves on the Subcommittee on Standards.