William W. Stead, MD
Chief Strategy Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Dr. Stead is Chief Strategy Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). In this capacity, he facilitates design and action planning to nurture system innovation, develop strategy, and execute on goals. He received his BA, MD, and residency training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology from Duke University. While on faculty at Duke, Dr. Stead was instrumental in the development of The Medical Record (TMR), one of the first electronic medical record systems in the country. He also helped Duke build one of the first patient-centered hospital information systems (IBMs PCS/ADS).
Dr. Stead came to VUMC in 1991 and holds appointments as McKesson Foundation Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Medicine. For two decades, he guided development of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and the operational units providing information infrastructure to support health care, education, and research programs of the Medical Center. He aligned organizational structure, informatics architecture and change management to bring cutting-edge research in decision support, visualizations, natural language processing, data mining, and data privacy into clinical practice. His current focus is on system-based care, learning and research leading toward personalized medicine and population health management.
Dr. Stead is a Founding Fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Institute for Engineering in Biology and Medicine, a Founding Member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He served as founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), President of the American College of Medical Informatics, Chairman of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, Presidential appointee to the Commission on Systemic Interoperability, Councilor of the National Academy of Medicine, Chair of the National Research Council Committee on Engaging the Computer Science Research Community in Health Care Informatics, Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Recommended Social and Behavioral Domains and Measures for Electronic Health Records, and Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Center for Medical Interoperability. He chairs the American Medical Association’s Journal Oversight Committee. In addition to his academic and advisory responsibilities, Dr. Stead is a Director of HealthStream.
Dr. Stead was appointed to the Committee in 2012 and served as Co-chair of the Subcommittee on Population Health from 2013-2016. In 2016, he was appointed to a second four-year term on the Committee and to serve a two-year term as Chair. In 2018, he was appointed for a second two-year term as Chair.