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HIASAA Hall of Fame nominee: Dr. Mark E. Frisse, Arts and Sciences

Mark Frisse attended St. Paul High School and graduated in 1970.

He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame; Washington University School of Medicine, where he received his M.D. and MBA; Stanford University, where he received a master’s degree in medical information science; and the Washington University Olin School of Business.

Dr. Frisse is an internist trained in hematology oncology who was a professor of medicine and associate dean at Washington University School of Medicine. At Washington University, Dr. Frisse was an editor of the Manual of Medical Therapeutics in 1982, which is one of the largest selling medical books in the world. He founded the Medical Informatics Laboratory and was co-director of the training program in biomedical informatics at Washington University.

Dr. Frisse also served as academic director of a health care executive MBA program at the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University.

In 1999, he left Washington University to become a vice president at Express Scripts. There, he had the opportunity to help create consumer websites for more than 60 million members. He also ran the company’s Practice Patterns Science subsidiary and later became chief medical officer. He helped found RxHub and later served on the board of SureScripts and was most recently involved in the merger of the two entities into one firm called SureScripts.

He later joined First Consulting Group as a vice president. In this capacity, he traveled around the country working with hospital systems to improve the quality of their care and to implement electronic medical records.

In 2004, Dr. Frisse accepted the position of accenture professor of biomedical informatics at Vanderbilt University and later became a professor (adjunct) at the Owen Graduate School of Management. Working with the support of the governor of Tennessee, Dr. Frisse led a team that allowed medical records to be shared among every hospital in the greater-Memphis area. For two years, he directed the Masters of Management in Health Care program Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management.

Dr. Frisse has also been active in the public sector. He has served as a co-chair for the state of Florida Health Information Privacy and Security effort and co-chair of a Markle Foundation effort to ensure privacy and security of medical information. He has also been a consultant to the federal government and two other state governments. He is an adviser to a federally funded State Health Policy Consortium, as well as to other groups.

Active in medical informatics for 30 years, he is the author of more than 50 scientific papers, reviews and book chapters. In 2014 he was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

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