Benjamin Collins, MD, MA, MS

Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical Informatics and Biomedical Ethics

Benjamin Collins is a postdoctoral fellow in ethics, legal, and social issues of artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare working with the Biomedical Informatics and Biomedical Ethics departments. He is also a graduate of the clinical informatics fellowship program at Oregon Health & Science University, where he also earned an MS in Biomedical Informatics with a capstone project completed on the development of an online training module for clinicians on algorithmic bias in healthcare. 

Clinically, he is a graduate of the Temple University Hospital internal medicine residency program and practices as a hospitalist. During residency, he also earned an M.A. in Urban Bioethics from Temple with a thesis on, “A Theory of Sociotechnical Justice in Healthcare.” He is interested in the use of AI to support the functions of clinical decision support and committed to reducing health disparities. This commitment includes working to ensure that AI does not contribute to those disparities through qualitative research, community engagement, and improving clinician education & training in the use of AI. Outside of informatics he is also interested in medical education, narrative medicine, and medical philosophy. He volunteers as a member of the Diversity, Education, and Inclusion Committee in AMIA.

In November 2022, Dr. Collins was awarded the 2022 Academic Forum Best Paper Award for his paper "Development of an Online Training Module on Algorithmic Bias in Health Care for Clinicians" at the AMIA 2022 Annual Symposium. 

He practices clinically part-time as a hospitalist at VUMC.