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Medical Informatics Pioneers

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Researchers: 
Ash JS
Sittig DF

Oral history is a method for documenting history in a vivid way by recording the voices of those who have experienced it. 

Beginning in 2004, Drs. Joan S. Ash and Dean F. Sittig chose and interviewed seventeen medical informatics pioneers to capture their memories.

In 2013, NLM acquired the transcripts from the first 15 interviews and began work to make them publicly available, including recruiting and placing photographs to enliven the written words.

We are pleased to begin to make these conversations available to you.

Click on the names to download the published oral histories.

Medical Informatics Pioneers*

Octo Barnet thumbnail Introduction
Joan S. Ash, PhD, MLS, MBA and Dean F. Sittig, PhD
Publication dates: 4/14/2015; Updated 9/4/15
 

Octo Barnett thumbnail Clem McDonald, MD
Interview date: August26-27, 2004
Indianapolis, IN
 

Octo Barnett thumbnail G. Octo Barnett, MD
Interview date: 10/29/2004
Publication dates: 4/24/2015; Updated 9/4/15
 

Homer Warner thumbnail Homer R. Warner, MD, PhD (1922-2012)
Interview date: 5/24/2005
Publication dates: 4/17/2015; Updated 9/4/15
 

Homer Warner thumbnail Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD
Interview dates: 6/1/2005 and 7/13/2005
Publication dates: 3/26/2015; Updated 9/4/15
 

Nina Matheson thumbnail Nina W. Matheson, ML, DSc
Interview date: 7/14/2005
Publication dates: 6/30/2015; Updated 9/4/15
 

Morris Collen thumbnail Morris F. Collen, MD
Interview date: 8/1/2005
Publication dates: 9/30/2014; Updated 9/4/15
 

Don Detmer thumbnail Don E. Detmer, MD
Interview date: 1/21/2006
Publication dates: 6/30/2015; Updated 9/4/15
 


 

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Publications based on the Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers oral history collection

  • Sittig DF, Ash JS, Ledley RS. The story behind the development of the first whole-body computerized tomography scanner as told by Robert S. Ledley. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2006 Sep-Oct;13(5):465-9. Epub 2006 Jun 23.PMID:16799115 PMCID: PMC1561796 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16799115
  • West RT. IAIMS: an interview with Dick West. Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems. Interview by Joan S Ash and Frances E Johnson. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 1999 Nov-Dec;6(6):447-56.PMID:10579603 PMCID: PMC61388 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10579603
  • Wright A, Sittig DF, McGowan J, Ash JS, Weed LL. Bringing science to medicine: an interview with Larry Weed, inventor of the problem-oriented medical record. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Nov-Dec;21(6):964-8. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002776. Epub 2014 May 28. PMID: 24872343 PMCID: PMC4215056 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24872343

Additional oral histories coming soon: Clement J. McDonald, MD, Anthony L. Komaroff, Robert S. Ledley, DDS, Reed M. Gardner, PhD, William Edward Hammond, PhD, Thomas Lincoln, Donald W. Simborg, Lawrence Weed, MD, Howard L. Bleich, MD, Warner V. Slack, MD, Betsy Humphreys, MLS

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*Published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2014-2015.

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Suggested citation style:
Ash JS, Sittig DF. “Origins of these Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers,” Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers: An oral history project. Ash JS, Sittig DF, interviewers. Goodwin RM, Ash JS, Sittig DF, editors. Bethesda: U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM); 2015. Available from: http://lhncbc.nlm.nih.gov/project/medical-informatics-pioneers

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**Content distributed via the NLM Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers Oral History Project may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor.

Oral History Interviews

Editors: Rebecca M. Goodwin, Joan S. Ash, and Dean F. Sittig
Interviewers: Joan S. Ash and Dean F. Sittig
Managing Editor: Rebecca M. Goodwin
Copy Editing: Cindy Allen
Design & Layout: Troy HIll, Bona Kim, John Harrington and Anne Altemus
Photo Editing: Troy Hill and Sandy Triolo
Photo Captions: Nina Matheson, Patti Brennan, Kathy Cravedi, Pat Carson, Fran Sandridge, Betsy Humphreys, Don Lindberg, Don Detmer, Marie Gallagher, Ed Hammond, Clem McDonald and Rebecca Goodwin.
Deeds of Gift: Rebecca Warlow, John Rees and Jeff Reznick

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Contact: wwwnlm@nlm.nih.gov

Publications/Tools: 
James E. McDonald, MD, Ron Fishman, MD (Editor), McDonald CJ (Editor). FOCUS Eye Care in Haiti and Nigeria from 1961-1996 E-book (1st edition 2010, 2nd edition 2014).
Detmer DE, Ash JS (Interviewer and Editor), Sittig DF (Interviewer and Editor), Goodwin RM (Editor). Fostering Health Policy and the Biomedical Informatics Profession: 2006 Interview of Don Detmer. Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers: An oral history project.
Matheson NW, Ash JS (Interviewer and Editor), Sittig DF (Interviewer and Editor), Goodwin RM (Editor). The Woman Behind the NLM’s Integrated Advanced Information Management Systems (IAIMS) Initiative: 2005 Interview of Nina Matheson. Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers: An oral history project.
Barnett GO, Ash JS (Interviewer and Editor), Sittig DF (Interviewer and Editor), Goodwin RM (Editor). From "Farm Boy" to Director of the Laboratory of Computer Science: 2004 Interview of G. Octo Barnett Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers: An oral history project.
Warner HR, Sittig DF (Interviewer and Editor), Ash JS (Editor), Goodwin RM (Editor). Founder of the HELP System and the Utah Medical Informatics Program: 2005 Interview of Homer R. Warner, Sr. Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers: An oral history project.
Ash JS (Interviewer and Editor), Sittig DF (Interviewer and Editor), Goodwin RM (Editor). Introduction Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers: An oral history project.
Lindberg, DAB, Ash JS (Interviewer and Editor), Sittig DF (Interviewer and Editor), Goodwin RM (Editor). At the helm of the world's largest biomedical library: 2005 Interviews with Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers: An oral history project.
Collen MF, Sittig DF (Interviewer and Editor), Ash JS (Editor), Goodwin RM (Editor). Engineering Computerized Multiphasic Health Screening: 2005 Interview of Morris F. Collen, MD. Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers: An oral history project.