HIC 2009 Keynote Speakers

Bruce FriedmanBruce Friedman, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed a pathology residency in the Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, in 1971 and received specialty board certification in both anatomic and clinical pathology that same year. After two years in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army, he joined the pathology faculty of the University of Michigan.

He is currently an Active Emeritus Professor of Pathology in the Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan. He served on the faculty of the University of Michigan for 33 years, retiring in 2006. He was formerly the Co-Director of the Division of Pathology Informatics in the Department of Pathology and Director of Clinical Support Systems for the University of Michigan Health System.

He was a founder of a yearly clinical lab software conference called AIMCL under the auspices of the University of Michigan in 1983, which continued for 21 years in Ann Arbor. In 2004, the conference was renamed Lab InfoTech Summit and moved to the Venetian Resort Casino in Las Vegas where it has been held each year since that time. Lab InfoTech Summit is sponsored by Pathology Education Consortium (PEC), a non-profit company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. For three years, he has published a blog called Lab Soft News with a focus on clinical lab software, the clinical lab industry, and healthcare in general. It currently attracts about 3,000 readers per week. He was a founding member, and one of the two founding presidents, of the Association for Pathology Informatics (API). He was named an Honorary Fellow by the API for lifetime achievement in the field at its annual meeting in Vancouver in 2006. He also received a lifetime achievement award at the first World Congress on Pathology Informatics that was held in Brisbane, Australia, in 2007. He is credited with having named the field of pathology informatics in an article published in 1990 and promoting the idea that pathology and lab medicine should merge with radiology to form the new field of diagnostic medicine.

He serves on the medical advisory boards of the Siemens Medical Solutions Diagnostics, Olympus America, and BioPhysical Corp. He also serves as an occasional consultant to various in-vitro diagnostic companies, healthcare/lab software companies, and large healthcare systems.