2021 Rita Kobb Nursing Informatics National Symposium Opening Keynote Speaker:
Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD
Director, National Library of Medicine
Dr. Brennan is the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she oversees the world’s largest biomedical library. Since becoming director in August 2016, she has positioned the Library to be the hub for biomedical data science at NIH and across the biomedical research enterprise globally. She spearheaded the development of a new strategic plan that refocuses and enhances NLM’s research, development, training and information systems. By leveraging NLM’s heavily used data and information resources and programs, Dr. Brennan is strengthening and advancing NLM’s data infrastructure to accelerate data-driven discovery and health, engage new users in new ways, and develop the workforce for a data-driven future.
Dr. Brennan is a pioneer in the development of innovative information systems and services, and her professional accomplishments reflect her background, which unites engineering, information technology, and clinical care to improve the public health and ensure the best possible experience in patient care. Dr Brennan holds an appointment as associate investigator in the National Institute of Nursing Research Division of Intramural Research, where she directs the Advanced Visualization Laboratory.
Prior to joining NIH, she was the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor in the School of Nursing and College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and also led the Living Environments Laboratory (now the Virtual Environments Group) at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery.
A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Brennan was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.
In 2020, Dr. Brennan was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). The AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer.