2009 Beberman Award Winner: Allen Tien

Allen Yiyen Tien, MD, MHS, is a member of the University Laboratory High School class of 1971 and the Founder, President, and Research Director of Medical Decision Logic, Inc. ("MDLogix") - an applied health informatics company with a mission of accelerating health research. MDLogix is a leading provider of enterprise scalable web tools and systems for clinical research, with its Clinical Research Management System (CRMS) (www.mdlogix.com) supporting thousands of clinical studies at major academic medical centers such as Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. MDLogix is also developing innovative products designed to bring research methods and scientific knowledge into clinical care, for example addressing needs in palliative and hospice care, as well as adolescent mental health screening in primary care settings. MDLogix is developing products and advanced mathematical tools to support the use of Social Network Analysis (SNA) to address diverse problems in health care. Allen started his business career as the president of CyberMetrics Testing Services, Inc. He is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, with Master's level training in biostatistics and postdoctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology, research design and methods, and public mental health issues. He served as a full-time tenure-track faculty member in the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health Department of Mental Hygiene and School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry from 1988 to 1997, promoted to Associate Professor in 1996. His research efforts there encompassed public mental health epidemiology, services, and prevention, as well as clinical neuroscience, neurocognition, and brain structure and function in major psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He has been working to develop health information technology since 1987, and founded MDLogix in 1997. He is Adjunct Associate Professor in the Division of Health Science Informatics in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Allen received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry as well as his MD degree from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. And a Master of Health Science in Biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has received diverse awards during his career, which spans academic health science and entrepreneurial applications of health science informatics. In 1975 he received an undergraduate scholarship award in biochemistry. In 1982 he received an Award of Merit from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and in 1990 he received the American Psychiatric Association Wisniewski Young Psychiatrist Research Award. He has authored or co-authored over 45 journal articles. As well as numerous academic health research grants, he has been awarded funding on over 27 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. Allen and his wife Naiching, married in 1983, have three sons, Michael, David, and Eric, born in 1984, 1989, and 1991. Allen enjoys vegetable gardening and fruit tree cultivation, carpentry, and stone work, and is a dedicated squash racquets player. Over the course of four summers, he and his sons built the Northern Cape Breton Squash Club (www.peaciation.net), located in Pleasant Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada, and extend a warm invitation to all.

Congratulations Mr. Tien, the 2009 Max Beberman Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.

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