Dr. Edward "Ted" Shortliffe announced Thursday in an e-mail to members of the American Medical Informatics Association that he will step down from his position as the organization's president and CEO to pursue other interests.
AMIA CEO Shortliffe to step down
In the e-mail, Shortliffe, 64, wrote that he will continue in his current role while the organization transitions to new leadership but will reduce his time commitment starting in January 2012.
"It has been an honor and a delight to serve AMIA in this way, and AMIA will always be my primary professional home," Shortliffe said in his e-mail. "The last three years have been great fun and highly rewarding. We have had both ups and downs, especially given the fiscal challenges of the world economy of late, but the organization is playing a visible and effective role and has evolved to adjust to the changing times and our increasingly heterogeneous membership."
Shortliffe was named to the post in September 2008 and then started in July the next year, succeeding Dr. Don Detmer, who retired.
In his e-mail, Shortliffe also noted his long history with the 4,000-member organization.
"My own role with AMIA extends back to well before the organization was formed—to the days when our ancestral organizations (American Association for Medical Systems and Informatics and the Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care) could not imagine what their merger in the late 1980s would create some 20 years later,” Shortliffe wrote. "I was president of SCAMC at that time and was excited by the opportunity to work with others to bring together the fragmented elements of the informatics community into one, stronger organization."
Shortliffe, an internist, recently became an adjunct professor of biomedical informatics at Columbia University in New York. Before that, he was a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center's School of Biomedical Informatics in Houston. Shortliffe also was the founding dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine's Phoenix campus and helped establish the biomedical informatics graduate degree program at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. He served on President Bill Clinton's Information Technology Advisory Committee from 1997 to 2001.
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