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At the helm of the world's largest biomedical library: 2005 Interviews with Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD
Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, an eminent pathologist, served as Director of the National Library of Medicine for more than 30 years and has made important contributions to information and computer activities in medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs.
JOAN ASH AND DEAN SITTIG
JUNE 1, 2005 in WOODS HOLE, MA
& JULY 13, 2005 in BETHESDA, MD
Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, pioneered the application of computer technology to healthcare, beginning in 1960 as a Professor of Information Science and Professor of Pathology at the University of Missouri−Columbia. In 1984, Dr. Lindberg was appointed as Director of the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest biomedical library, and served as NLM Director until he retired in 2015. From 1992 to 1995, he served in a concurrent position as Founding Director of the National Coordination Office for High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. In 1996, the HHS Secretary appointed him to serve as the U.S. Coordinator for the G-7 Global Health Applications Project. He is a leader in the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) initiative to improve health and health care. Dr. Lindberg was elected the first President of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA).
Lindberg DAB. “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. 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