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William M. Tierney, M.D.


M.D., Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine


Residency, Internal Medicine
Indiana University Medical Center

Fellowship, Biomedical Informatics & Health Services Research
Regenstrief Institute, Inc.


William Tierney, M.D., is internationally recognized for his research in biomedical informatics, health services and clinical database epidemiology. He was the founding chair of Dell Medical School’s Department of Population Health, which is playing a leading role in the school’s effort to help make Austin a model healthy city. The Department of Population Health focuses on community engagement, primary care, occupational health, global health and health information and data analytic sciences.

Previously, he spent 36 years at Indiana University and the Regenstrief Institute, where he led the implementation and study of electronic medical records and health information technologies. In 2010, he assumed the roles of president and CEO of the Regenstrief Institute, associate dean for research at the Indiana University School of Medicine and chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine for Eskenazi Health, the nation’s fourth-largest safety-net health system, where he had practiced for more than 35 years as a primary care physician, emergency physician and hospitalist. He also served as the founding director of informatics and research for the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH), a 30-year collaboration of more than 20 North American universities with universities in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

Tierney is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a master of the American College of Physicians and fellow of the Royal College of Physician–London and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics.

Professional Affiliations
  • American College of Medical Informatics
    President, 2019-20
  • American College of Physicians
    Fellow, 1987; Master, 2008
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
    President, 1996-97; GIM Co-Editor-in-Chief, 2004-09
  • American Medical Informatics Association
    Board of Directors, 1996-99
  • Royal College of Physicians - London
Awards & Honors
  • Fellow, 2017
    International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics
  • Morris F. Collen Award
    American College of Medical Informatics, 2011
  • National Award for Career Achievement & Contribution to Clinical & Translational Science
    Association for Clinical & Translational Science, 2011
  • Robert J. Glaser Award for Generalism & John Eisenberg Award for Research
    Society of General Internal Medicine, 2007 & 2010
  • Elected Member
    National Academy of Medicine, 2006