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GIM Fellowship Alumnus Wins RWJF Award

Dr. AmarasinghamGIM Fellowship alumnus Ruben Amarasingham, MD, MBA is one of ten winners of the first-ever Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Young Leader Awards. The award recognizes leaders who are ages 40 or under for their exceptional contributions to improving the health of the nation. The awards also signal the winners’ strong potential for future leadership.The Foundation is celebrating its 40th anniversary by highlighting the important contributions that people can make early in their career to improving health and health care for all Americans. they have chosen to do so by honoring outstanding young medical professionals who had not yet been born when the Foundation was created.

Dr. Amarasingham is the founder, President and CEO of the Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation and Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. His profile on the website of the Population Health Institute of Texas reads in part, "Ruben has conducted and published studies in health IT evaluation, enterprise-wide quality improvement, and the use of the electronic medical record (EMR) to support innovative care delivery models. As Director of the Center for Clinical Innovation at Parkland, Ruben heads up a team with extensive experience in electronic data mining, predictive modeling and natural language processing. . . .

"He [leads a] collaborative between Parkland, Texas Health Resources, and the UT Southwestern University Hospitals to design one of the first real-time electronic predictive readmission model that can apply to any disease state. Ruben is particularly interested in the use of health information technologies to improve care for indigent populations....Dr. Amarasingham is an active inpatient clinician. In 2009, he was appointed to the National Quality Forum’s National Steering Committee on Patient Outcomes and also honored as a Health Care Hero of Dallas for his academic and clinical contributions to health care in Texas."

Congratulations to Dr. Amarasingham, another GIM Fellowship alumnus success story!