2019 AMIA Informatics Summit in San Francisco, CA

Every year, March comes in like a lion. For CLE, that could translate into a spring blizzard or early bulbs. It’s anyone’s guess. One thing’s for sure, though–AMIA’s Informatics Summit has a say before March leaves us like a lamb.

Like clockwork, the 2019 AMIA Informatics Summit, formerly the Joints Summits on Translational Science, was held in San Francisco at Parc 55 March 25-28th. Given this is an annual event held at the same place around the same time, you would think I would have this on my calendar and booked far in advance. You would be wrong.

The Parc 55 was fully booked by the time I got around to making reservations. Luckily for me, hotels in the area were going to the dogs in a good way (2019).

No matter. Keep calm and carry that PowerPoint on.

No need to panic on an empty stomach at the 2019 AMIA Informatics Summit (Kin Khao, 2019).

The 2019 AMIA Informatics Summit was a short and sweet experience for me. I was fortunate to have our Million Veteran Program computable phenotyping paper for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) manuscript accepted for publication (PMC6568141) and an oral presentation. But, prior commitments back in CLE dictated the schedule, which meant only a day and a half or so of the meeting. But what a day and a half it was!

Besides successfully delivering the talk, I was able to connect with Dr. Sarah Pendergrass attending for Geisinger.

Drs. Sarah Pendergrass and Dana Crawford connecting apparently in the dark at the 2019 AMIA Informatics Summit in San Francisco (Kin Khao, 2019).

I was also able to connect with other AMIA Informatics Summit attendees, nay, leaders in biomedical informatics.

Drs. Jessie Tenenbaum, Sarah Pendergrass, and Marylyn Ritchie, leading the way at the 2019 AMIA Informatics Summit in San Francisco.
Dr. Blanca Himes from the University of Pennsylvania training the next generation of biomedical informaticists. Here with Rebecca Greenblatt, student paper winner for PMC6568125 (2019).

After presenting and saying hello to everyone, it was time to dash off to the airport. I was in such a hurry, I forgot to take pictures of my CWRU/CICB colleagues also in attendance (post-doc Dr. Elle Palmer and Mr. Mark Beno). Oh, well, maybe I’ll remember to do that next year in Houston.


Yes, for the first time ever (I think), AMIA is making a move to Houston. Same bat time but a different bat channel, apparently. I didn’t submit any session proposals or manuscripts to AMIA 2020, so I might not be going this year regardless of the location. Although of note: Dr. Elle Palmer here at CICB has been selected to give an oral presentation based on her work on chronic kidney disease using electronic health records. Hmm…the agenda and list of invited speakers suddenly seems relevant to my interests…

AMIA just announced the 2020 closing keynote speaker: none other than Dr. Janina Jeff!

I wonder if the Houston hotel block is sold out yet…

Update: AMIA Informatics Summit 2020 in-person meeting was canceled due to covid-19.

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Dana Crawford

Professor of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences and Associate Director of the Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology, with interest in pharmacogenomics, electronic health records, and diverse populations. Also, an avid foodie!

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