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Biography

Biographical Note

Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D. (1933-) is a scientist who served as the Director of the National Library of Medicine from 1984-2015 and who pioneered applying computer technology to health care at the University of Missouri. Dr. Lindberg was raised in Brooklyn, NY, graduated Magna cum Laude from Amherst College in 1954, and received his M.D. degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University in 1958.

Before his appointment as NLM Director, Dr. Lindberg was Professor of Information Science and Professor of Pathology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In addition to an eminent career in pathology, Dr. Lindberg has made notable contributions to information and computer activities in medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. From 1992-1995, he served in a concurrent position as founding Director of the White House High Performance Computing and Communications Program. In 1996, he was named by the HHS Secretary to be the U.S. Coordinator for the G-7 Global Healthcare Applications Project.

Dr. Lindberg achieved much during his 33-year career as Director of NLM, both as an administrator and as a scientist. Some of the more significant accomplishments include creating a strategic planning infrastructure which became a model for much of NIH, creation of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), establishment of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and Clinical Trials.gov, and increasing the scope of NLM's mission and services by making trusted consumer health information freely available to the general public and championing NLM products such as MedlinePlus and MEDLINE.

Dr. Lindberg is a leader in the Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) initiative to improve health and health care. He was elected the first President of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). Dr. Lindberg is also a founding member of the Health on the Net Foundation, an international organization devoted to guiding patients and providers to sound, reliable health information. As the country's senior statesman for medicine and computers, Dr. Lindberg has been called upon to serve on many boards including the Computer Science and Engineering Board of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Board of Medical Examiners, the Council of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Lindberg is the author of three books: The Computer and Medical Care; Computers in Life Science Research; and The Growth of Medical Information Systems in the United States, several book chapters, and more than 200 articles and reports. He has also served as editor and editorial board member of nine publications including the Journal of the American Medical Association.