Professional activities

Conference leadership

    • Program Chair, 2008 AMIA Annual Symposium, American Medical Informatics Association (Washington DC);

    • Vice Chair (Foundations), 2007 AMIA Annual Symposium (Chicago, IL);

    • Program Committee, Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence (UAI), 1996-2001, 2003-2006.

Editorial activities

    • Editorial Board, JAMIA, 2010-2020

    • Editor, 1996 Yearbook of Medical Informatics, section on Decision Support Systems

    • Reviewer for multiple professional journals and conferences, including Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Artificial Intelligence, International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, HP TechCon, IEEE Expert, IJCAI, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, Conference on Uncertainty in Artificial Intelligence, Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, AMIA Fall Symposium; IMIA Yearbook of Informatics

Select presentations

    • Keynote speech (Presidential Guest Speaker): The Role of Technology in Healthcare. International Society for Hip Arthroscopy Annual Scientific Meeting, San Francisco, CA, September 2016.

    • Interview by Phil Lavelle: The Machine, by Hewlett Packard Labs; reinventing computing to propel the world further, faster. HPE Discover, Las Vegas, June 2016

    • Bring light to your darkest data with infinite memory from Hewlett Packard Labs HPE Discover, London, December 2015

    • HP Labs on Big Data and Distributed Mesh Computing. HPE Discover, Barcelona, December 2014

    • HP Lab's analytics research for when Big Data becomes truly big and truly fast. HPE Discover, Las Vegas, June 2014

    • Invited Presentation (Allred Distinguished Lecture in Artificial Intelligence): Inevitability or Rat Race? Implications of Moore’s Law from the Perspective of a Silicon Valley Data Scientist. Washington State University, Pullman, WA, October 2013.

    • Towards Situational Awareness in Healthcare. Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, October 2012.

    • Keynote speech: Delivering Value through Innovation: Solutions Research at HP Labs. Parasparam 2012: The biggest technology event of HP in India. Mahadevapura, Bengaluru, India, October 2012.

    • Towards Situational Awareness. Australian Center for Health Innovation, Melbourne, Australia, August 2012.

    • Exploring New Avenues for Patient Safety. Kaiser Permanente, Garfield Center, Oakland, CA, July 2012.

    • A Real-time Patient Dashboard Enhances Patient Safety and Promotes Quality Improvement. AMIA Annual Symposium, Washington DC, October 2011.

    • Safety and Efficiency: Trying hard is not enough. World Health Summit, Berlin, October 2010.

    • Keynote speech, SVForum Future of Health Innovation Conference, Palo Alto, CA, October 2010

    • Health IT: Big Expectations, Big Challenges, Symposium on Healthcare IT Opportunities and Challenges, Palo Alto, CA, June 2010.

    • Keynote speech, SVForum The Analytics Revolution Conference, Mountain View, CA, April 2010

    • Invited Panelist, World Health Summit, Berlin, October 2009

    • Invited talk, “The next wave: Everything as a service”, XXIX Convencion Nacional Annual CANIETI, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, August 2008

Committee work, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)

    • Chair, Clinical Informatics Taskforce, 2011-2014;

    • Member, Audit Committee, 2010-2014;

    • Chair, AMIA Representation Taskforce, 2010;

    • Chair, Working Group Steering Committee, 2004-2008 (oversight over 20 working groups for 3,000+ members);

    • Chair, Membership Committee, 1999-2003;

    • Member, Global Trial Bank Steering Committee, 2005-2006; Working Group Steering Committee, 2000-2008; Membership Committee, 1994-2008; Scientific Program Committee, AMIA Fall Symposium, 2008, 2007, 2003, 2002, 2001; Co-sponsorships and Endorsements Committee, 2001-2004; Symposium Taskforce, 2002; Publications Committee, 1994-1999;

    • Member of working groups including Knowledge Discovery & Data Mining, Natural Language Processing, Prevention and Public Health, and Clinical Information Systems.


    • Elected Fellow, American College of Medical Informatics (2009).

    • Martin Epstein Award for best student paper in Medical Informatics, Sixteenth Symposium on Computer Applications in Medical Care, American Medical Informatics Association

    • Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University

Other tidbits

    • Featured in articles in Computerworld Australia, CNBC, The Register, Bloomberg Business Week, the New York Times, and others

    • Volunteer counselor at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times (oncology camp) for 20 years

    • Served on Board of Directors of Los Altos-Mountain View PONY Baseball for six years; initiated and managed formal training program for coaches and players; coached baseball at Pony level (13-14 year olds) for five years. Current baseball involvement limited to being a San Francisco Giants (shared) season ticket holder.

    • Winemaker of private reserve zinfandel in California. Vigneron d'Honneur de la Jurade et bourgeois de Saint-Emilion (honorary member of the Jurade of Saint Emilion, France).

    • US Citizen; Most fluent in English and Dutch (yeah I retain it pretty well for someone who left as a teenager); somewhat functional in French, German, and increasingly in Spanish; get by in a pinch in lots of other languages