Professor Peter Szolovits has been named the recipient of the 2013 Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence. The award is presented annually by the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) in honor of Morris F. Collen, a pioneer in the field.
According to the ACMI, the award is the “highest honor in informatics that is presented by the American College of Medical Informatics to an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to biomedical informatics has made a lasting impression on healthcare and biomedicine.”
Szolovits leads the Clinical Decision Making Group at CSAIL and is a professor in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in the Harvard/MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST).
His research centers on the application of artificial intelligence methods to problems of medical decision-making, the use of natural language processing to extract meaningful data from clinical narratives to support translational medicine, and the design of information systems for health care institutions and patients. Szolovits has worked on problems of diagnosis, therapy planning, execution and monitoring for various medical conditions, computational aspects of genetic counseling, controlled sharing of health information, and privacy and confidentiality issues in medical record systems.