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Donald Lindberg

J. Otto Lottes Health Sciences Library Anniversary Symposium

September 28, 2011

Dr. Donald Lindberg has been a pioneer in the application of computer technology to health care beginning in 1960 at the University of Missouri. In 1984, he was appointed director of NLM, the world’s largest biomedical library. In addition to an eminent career in pathology, Dr. Lindberg has made notable contributions to information and computer activities in medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence and educational programs. Before his appointment as NLM director, he was a professor of information science and a professor of pathology at MU.

Dr. Lindberg is a leader in the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) initiative to improve health and health care. Lindberg served from 1992 to 1995 as the founding director of the White House High Performance Computing and Communications Program, predecessor to NITRD. He is also a founding member of the Health on the Net Foundation, an international organization devoted to guiding patients and providers to sound, reliable health information. Don Lindberg has been called the world’s foremost “medical information statesman.”

He was elected the first president of the American Medical Informatics Association. He has also been called upon to serve on many boards including the Computer Science and Engineering Board of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Council of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Lindberg is the author of three books: The Computer and Medical Care, Computers in Life Science Research, and The Growth of Medical Information Systems in the United States. He has also authored several book chapters and more than 200 articles and reports. He has served as editor and editorial board member of nine publications including the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Among the honors he has received are Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine, Surgeon General’s Medallion, Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Computers in Healthcare Pioneer Award, U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science Silver Award, Medical Library Association President’s Award, American College of Medical Informatics Morris F. Collen, American Medical Women’s Association Lila A. Wallis Women’s Health Award, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the New York Academy of Medicine and honorary doctorates from Amherst College, the State University of New York at Syracuse, the University of Missouri and the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Innsbruck, Austria.