Vimla Patel PhD, DSc, FRSC

Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Vimla L. Patel is a Senior Research Scientist in Cognitive Studies in Medicine and Public Health at the New York Academy of Medicine. She is also an adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and of Health Policy and Research at Weill Cornell College of Medicine.

An education and cognitive psychology Ph.D. graduate of McGill University in Montreal, she was a Professor of Medicine and the director of McGill’s Cognitive Science Center. Her early basic research focused on the scientific foundations of medical decision-making and expert reasoning. She subsequently served as Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia (2000-2007), Arizona State University (2007-2009), and the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston (2009-2011).

A past associate editor of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics and on the editorial board of Intelligence-Based Medicine, she is an editor of the Springer book series on Cognitive Informatics in Biomedicine in Healthcare. Her current research on cognitive informatics deals with the impact of intelligent systems on human cognition for safer and more effective clinical practice and studies on global mental health. She has over 350 scholarly publications spanning books and journals in biomedical informatics, education, clinical medicine, and cognitive science. Dr. Patel was the 2021 recipient of the William W. Stead Award for Thought Leadership in Informatics.