Charles Safran, MD – Division Chief

Harvard Catalyst Profile

Charles Safran is a primary care physician who has helped transform healthcare through the creative use of communication and information technologies. In 2014 he was awarded the Morris F. Collen Award, the highest honor given by the American College of Medical Informatics given to an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to biomedical informatics has made a lasting impression on healthcare and biomedicine.

Dr. Safran is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Clinical Informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where he has helped develop and deploy large institutional clinical computing systems, electronic health records, clinical decision support system to help patients with HIV/AIDS, telehealth systems to support parents with premature infants, and most recently eHealth solutions for families with fail elders.

He was the President and Chairman of the American Medical Informatics Association and Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association. He is an elected fellow of both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Medical Informatics.

Dr. Safran has served as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Medical Informatics for two decades and is a council member of the Health on the Net Foundation in Geneva Switzerland. He is Director of Intelligent Medical Objects; a terminology company that helps clinicians capture clinical intent.

Dr. Safran has been teaching and training physicians and nurses to use information and communication technology to transform healthcare for over three decades. He leads the Clinical Informatics track of the HMS Master’s program in Biomedical Informatics and directs the BIDMC fellowship in Clinical Informatics.

Dr. Safran is a widely sought speaker on the future of healthcare technology, has testified for the U.S. Congress and has over 200 publications. He graduated cum laude in Mathematics and hold a masters degree in Mathematical Logic and a Doctor of Medicine all from Tufts University.

When asked if he still practices medicine, he replies “Are you asking if I am taking care of only one patient at a time? The systems I help develop take care of many thousands of patients every day!”