AIMed have announced the finalists for this year’s AI Champions Awards, which will take place on Wednesday May 25 as part of the live AIMed Global Summit in San Francisco, CA. Previous winners include legendary cardiologist Eric Topol, world renowned data scientist Jeremy Howard, and Stanford’s Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine and Imaging.

“This is all about recognizing some of the great people and organizations that are helping to drive the agenda for artificial intelligence in healthcare”, said AIMed founder Anthony Chang. “Our finalists have worked tirelessly to deliver some incredible outcomes, and they are fully deserving of the accolades. We look forward to meeting them all in person in California in May.”

The award categories and finalists are:

AI Champion Clinician 2022

  • Michael Abramoff, Founder and Executive Chair, Digital Diagnostics
  • Leo Celi, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Eric Eskioglu, EVP, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Novant Health
  • Mona Flores, Global Head of Medical AI, NVIDIA
  • Robert Hoyt, Associate Clinical Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

“I am truly humbled to be nominated for the AI Champion Clinician Award,” said Dr Eskioglu. “Incorporation of AI in medicine is no longer an option, it is a true imperative which millions of lives around the world depend upon for the next decade and beyond. I am very optimistic that we are entering the golden age of AI-Medicine. Ad Astra!”

Dr Hoyt commented:

“I’m humbled and honored to be nominated for the AI Champion Clinician award for 2022. It’s been an extremely exciting journey blending clinical medicine with artificial intelligence.”

AI Champion Non-clinician 2022

  • Cansu Canca, Director, AI Ethics Lab
  • Fei-Fei Li, Sequoia Capital Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
  • Alfonso Limon, Chief Liaison of Research and Development, Oneirix
  • Suchi Saria, Director, Research and Technical Strategy, Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare, Johns Hopkins
  • May Wang, Director of Biomedical Big Data Initiative, Georgia Tech

“I appreciate being considered for this award,” said Dr Limon. “It is an honor to be a part of this group of individuals pushing the boundaries of AI to improve healthcare for all. From these individuals, it is clear the coupling between technical and medical professionals is key to ensuring AI progress is sustained and equitable across the diverse set of patients seeking care.”

AI Champion Leader 2022

  • Carl Armato, President and CEO, Novant Health
  • Maia Hightower, CEO, Equality AI, and Senior Director Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Utah Health
  • Rod Hochman, President and CEO, Providence
  • Vivian Lee, President, Healthcare Platforms, Verily
  • Tom Mihaljevic, President and CEO, Cleveland Clinic

Dr Lee said:

“It is an honor to be nominated for the AI Champions Award and to be in the company of such great fellow nominees. AI is a tool with the power to fundamentally change nearly every aspect of healthcare, and I personally think it’s very exciting to see how the field continues to evolve.”

AIMed Hospital/Institution of the Year 2022

  • Australian Institute for Machine Learning (Australia)
  • Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, University of Bern (Switzerland)
  • Centre for Health Informatics, Australian Institute of Health Innovation (Australia)
  • NYU Langone (USA)
  • Temerty Centre for AI Research and Education in Medicine (Canada)

Responding to their nomination, Enrico Coeira of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation said:

“In a year when interest in AI in healthcare is exploding around the world, it is simply wonderful to have the work of our brilliant team of researchers at the Australian Institute for Health Innovation nominated for this AIMed award. It has been a huge year for us, culminating in the production of a national roadmap for the adoption of AI in healthcare. Our team led a national consultation which saw input from over 150 organisations spanning government, industry, healthcare and consumers to plot the path our country must take to take advantage of the AI revolution.”

“We are honored to be nominated for this award,” said Mauricio Reyes of the University of Bern. “Through the Center for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (CAIM) we strive to provide a platform of excellence for research, teaching and translation of AI-based medical technologies to facilitate the work of doctors and nurses and to deliver better care to patients.”

The University of Toronto’s Muhammad Mamdani said:

“The Temerity Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine (T-CAIREM) at the University of Toronto is extremely honoured to be nominated for the very prestigious AIMed Hospital / Institution of the Year Award. As the first centre of its kind in Canada, we champion the development and application of artificial intelligence in medicine both nationally and internationally through world-class initiatives in education, research, and enabling data environments. We share the common goal of enabling artificial intelligence to transform the future of medicine.”

AIMed Rising Star 2022

  • Patrik Bächtiger, Clinical Research Fellow in Digital Health, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Hamilton Baker, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health, MUSC
  • Fatme Charafeddine, Pediatric Cardiac ET Physician, American University of Beirut – Medical Center
  • Roxana Daneshjou, Physician Scientist, Stanford
  • Mark Zobeck, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Physician, Texas Children’s Hospital

Reacting to the news of his nomination, Dr Bächtiger commented:

“I’m extremely grateful for the nomination and the huge opportunity it offers to meet other clinicians and health professionals striving to deliver on the promise of AI.”

“I’m truly honored to be nominated for the AIMed Rising Star Award.” said Dr Baker. “AIMed is a pioneering and transformative force in AI and healthcare. I am thrilled to be a part of this community and its bright future.”

Dr Daneshjou echoed the sentiment:

“I’m honored to be considered for this award. I believe AI has the potential to transform medicine. I am committed to working towards a future where AI algorithms improve healthcare in a fair and equitable manner.”

“I feel incredibly grateful for this nomination,” said Dr Zobeck. “As a physician and data science practitioner working to improve care for children with cancer and blood disorders both in the United States and around the world, I believe the tools of bioinformatics, data science and machine learning will help us make rapid progress on the most important issues in the field. The needs are great, but the potential for the medical AI community to help solve these problems is enormous. I am thankful to be recognized by this community and hopeful that together we can work for a day when every child around the world receives the high-quality healthcare they deserve.”

Join the AI Champions Awards finalists at a celebration as part of AIMed’s Global Summit, taking place in Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, CA from May 24 to 26, 2022. Book your place now.