Sarah Collins Rossetti Earns Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)

Sarah Collins Rossetti, an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Nursing at Columbia, was named a 2019 recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

Dr. Rossetti’s research is focused on identifying and intervening on system-level weaknesses – particularly those related to poor communication and care coordination – that increase patient risk for harm within the healthcare system by applying computation tools to mine and extract value from electronic health record (EHR) data and leveraging user-centered design of patient-centered and collaborative decision support tools.

Dr. Rossetti is an experienced critical care nurse and holds a PhD in Nursing Informatics from Columbia University School of Nursing. She was a National Library of Medicine Post-Doctoral Research Fellow within the Columbia Department of Biomedical Informatics. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, where she minored in Health Care Management. Dr. Rossetti was selected as one of MedTech Boston’s 40 Under 40 Healthcare Innovators in 2017. Her research has been recognized and awarded by the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and the International Congress on Nursing Informatics.  She serves on the Board of Directors for AMIA and as Policy Coordinator for the Alliance for Nursing Informatics.

Dr. Rossetti is a Multi-PI of the National Institutes of Nursing Research (NINR) funded study: Communicating Narrative Concerns Entered by RNs (CONCERN) Clinical Decision Support (CDS) system. This study is funded by Grant 5R01NR016941-03. For further details, you can visit the web site

The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

Established in 1996, the PECASE acknowledges the contributions scientists and engineers have made to the advancement of science, technology, education, and mathematics (STEM) education and to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, and community outreach. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinates the PECASE with participating departments and agencies.

For more information, read the official White House release of the PECASE announcement.