The International Medical Informatics Association is pleased to announce that Fernán Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quirós and K C Lun were both been awarded the 2017 IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence.  IMIA’s most prestigious award honours and recognizes the personal commitment and dedication to medical informatics and lasting contribution to medicine and healthcare through their achievements in research, education, development or application in the field of medical informatics, they both have made throughout in their careers.

Dr. Hyeoun-Ae Park, IMIA’s President, presented the François Grémy Award of Excellence on Tuesday, August 22nd, at the opening ceremony of MedInfo 2017. “I am very honored, as IMIA’s President, to confer this accolade to KC Lun and Fernan Gonzalez,” said Dr. Hyeoun-Ae Park. “They are extremely well recognized colleagues in our field and it is a momentous occasion for IMIA to recognize their outstanding achievements and contributions to the field of Biomedical and Health Informatics globally.”

Dr. Fernán Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quirós, MD MSc is a leader in medical informatics in Argentina and has made many important international contributions in research and education. He is currently the Vice Director of Strategic Planning, the Chair of Human Physiology at the School of Medicine, and the Head of the Area of Research in the Internal Medicine Division of Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (HIBA). He is Director of the Masters Degree in Clinical Research at HIBA. He is the Director of the Masters Degree on Health Informatics at HIBA. On 2011 he was elected as international fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and has recently been elected as part of the first class of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI).

“I am greatly humbled and honored to be receiving the IMIA François Grémy award of Excellence. I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to IMIA as well as those who nominated me for this award.”, said Dr. Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quirós.  “I feel that this award is not only for me but I make it extensive to all the team at Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires in Argentina who have been working in the last 20 years in developing a Health Information System that has been widely recognized and our experience and staff has inspired other institutions around the Latin American region.”

Dr. Gonzalez Bernaldo de Quirós further commented, “We are proud to be part of the IMIA community not only as representatives of Argentina but, also as recognized Academic Members since we have been working on training residents in health informatics and other representatives of the workforce of the discipline.  For me, it is also a great honor that my fellow colleagues and friends from the Latin American region have promoted my nomination, since we are all working to make IMIA-LAC a strong region and working group.”

Dr. K C Lun is a pioneer of medical informatics in Asia.  Since presenting his first scientific paper at MEDINFO 86 in Washington DC, his contributions to IMIA include hosting the financially successful MEDINFO 89 in Singapore, chairing the Editorial Committee for MEDINFO 92 in Geneva, founding the Asia Pacific Association for Medical Informatics (APAMI) in 1994 and assuming the IMIA Presidency in 2001.   For 26 years, Dr Lun served on the Faculty of Medicine at the National University of Singapore and held positions as Director of its Medical Informatics Research Program (1996-2001) and Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Health Informatics (1990-2001).  His pioneering efforts in medical e-learning at NUS also earned him the Teaching Excellence Award in 1998.   He is also credited as the creator of Cyberspace Hospital, the first virtual hospital on the World Wide Web, launched in 1995 and has undertaken consultancies in biostatistics and health informatics for WHO, IMIA, IDRC, UNDP and several other international agencies.

He has served as Editor (Asia Pacific) of the International Journal of Medical Informatics and editorial board member of the IJMI and Methods of Information in Medicine. For his contributions to the development of medical informatics nationally and internationally, Dr Lun was awarded the prestigious Excellence for Singapore Award in 2002.  After a rewarding career in academia spanning over nearly 40 years, Dr Lun set up Gateway Consulting in Singapore in 2006 to keep himself active in retirement. Passionate about staying ahead of the curve, Dr Lun now focuses on the use of his repertoire of skill sets in biostatistics, health informatics, epidemiology, research methods and medical demography to position himself in healthcare analytics.

“I am privileged to be the first Asian to be recognized for the IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence and at a most significant time, the 50th Anniversary of IMIA. “, said Dr. Lun.  “When I presented the first award in 2004, then known as the IMIA Award of Excellence, to François Grémy himself, in my capacity as IMIA President at that time, I would never have thought that I would someday join the ranks of François and all the distinguished recipients that came after him.”

About the IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA), at its 2001 General Assembly, held in London, UK, approved the establishment of a Medical Informatics Award of Excellence. The Award was initially made every three years, in conjunction with a MedInfo year. From 2013 onwards, the frequency became every two years, still in conjunction with MedInfo. From 2015, the award is known as the IMIA François Grémy Award of Excellence, in honour of Dr. François Grémy. This change recognizes his foundational work in the establishment of IMIA and its predecessors, and his lifelong contribution to health and biomedical informatics in his home country, in Europe, and internationally.

The award is financially supported by the Association Française d’Informatique Médicale (French Medical Informatics Association – AIM), as well as a financial contribution from the Schweitzerische Gesellshaft für Medizinische Informatik – Société Suisse d’Informatique Médicalen (Swiss Society for Medical Informatics –  SSMI), IMIA Member Society’s.  For more information visit:


About IMIA

The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) is the world body for health and biomedical informatics. As an ‘association of associations’, IMIA acts as a bridging organization, bringing together the constituent organizations and their members. IMIA provides leadership and expertise to the multidisciplinary, health focused community and to policy makers, to enable the transformation of healthcare in accord with the world-wide vision of improving the health of the world population.

Inherent in IMIA’s role is to bring together, from a global perspective, scientists, researchers, users, vendors, developers, consultants and suppliers in an environment of cooperation and sharing.  For more information visit:

About MedInfo2017

MEDINFO is the premier international health and biomedical informatics event. MEDINFO 2017 was hosted by CMIA (Chinese Medical Informatics Association) on behalf of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and was held in Hangzhou, China from the 21st to 25th August 2017.

Under the theme “Precision Healthcare through Informatics ”, the world leaders in this field will gathered in China to share knowledge and analyze how eHealth and Biomedical Informatics are contributing to address some of the most challenging problems in health care, public health, consumer health and biomedical research.

The MedInfo 2017 Proceedings is now online at  MedInfo 2017: Precision Healthcare through Informatics is available as an open access eBook and there is an option to purchase as a print addition for a charge.   PubMed indexing for the proceedings is also available.