William W. Stead, MD, FACMI

Chief Strategy Officer
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
McKesson Foundation Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Department of Medicine
D3300 Medical Center North

Dr. William Stead is Chief Strategy Officer for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC).  In this capacity, he facilitates design and action planning to nurture system innovation, develop strategy, and execute on goals. 

Dr. Stead received his B.A., M.D., and residency training in Internal Medicine and Nephrology from Duke University.  He came to VUMC in 1991 and holds appointments as the McKesson Foundation Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Medicine.  For two decades, he guided development of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and operational units providing information infrastructure to support health care, education, research programs of the Medical Center.  He aligned organizational structure, informatics architecture and change management to bring cutting-edge research in decision support, visualization, natural language processing, data mining, and data privacy into clinical practice.  His current focus is on system-based care, learning and research leading toward personalized medicine and population health management.

Dr. Stead is a Founding Fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the American Institute for Engineering in Biology and Medicine, a Founding Member of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine. He chairs the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) of the Department of Health and Human Services and the American Medical Association’s Journal Oversight Committee.   In addition to his academic and advisory responsibilities, Dr. Stead is a Director of HealthStream.