Knosp awarded for excellence and service by AAMC Group on Information Resources

Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Boyd Knosp, MS, has been selected for two national awards by the Group on Information Resources (GIR). The GIR, a professional affinity group of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), promotes excellence in the application and integration of information resources in academic medicine. Knosp serves as Associate Director for Biomedical Informatics Operations with the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and as the Carver College of Medicine's Associate Dean for Information Technology.

Portrait of Boyd Knosp
Boyd Knosp, MS

GIR Service Award

Boyd Knosp, MS, FAMIA, has provided leadership for informatics and IT service delivery for over 30 years. Not only has he been a key strategic leader for the University of Iowa, where he’s championed numerous initiatives, he’s mentored myriad colleagues across academic medicine through activities in the AAMC, Educause, and numerous other organizations. Despite his espoused introversion, he regularly shares his love of music, art, beer, bicycling, and community and has made lasting friendships across the country.

Since 2010, Knosp has been an integral part of the AAMC Group on Information Resources (GIR) where he’s chaired the Educational Technology Working Group, chaired the GIR Steering Committee and codirected the AAMC GIR Leadership Institute (2016–2018). In recent years, he has turned his attention to his CTSA role, NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), Clinical Research Forum IT Roundtable, and Epic User Group. He has published numerous papers on maturity models for enterprise data warehouses for research.

Knosp has participated in GIR conferences for almost 15 years. He has presented, convened and mentored presenters and helped whenever asked by GIR/AAMC leadership. Additionally, Knosp has been instrumental in growing community nationally, helping found the Educause Health Science Constituent Group. In 2015, he co-founded an annual midwest regional unconference, the Academic Medicine IT Forum, a grassroots, low-cost way of developing staff at academic medical centers.

Knosp worked to connect the AAMC with other national organizations, including Educause. He and others adapted, piloted, and presented the Educause/ECAR national student technology survey for use with medical students. He has co-led the Enterprise Data Warehouse for Research Working Group for the NIH CTSA program, which includes the 60 largest academic medical centers in the US and provides the backbone of national biomedical research infrastructure. Since 2019, the EDW4R WG has brought together informatics leaders from CTSA institutions to determine best practices for supporting investigators with electronic patient data.


GIR Excellence Award

Co-awarded with Thomas Campion, PhD, FAMIA, Chief Research Informatics Officer at Weill Cornell Medicine

Faculty, staff, and students increasingly need electronic patient data, especially from electronic health record (EHR) systems, to enable the learning health system, a data-driven feedback loop combining clinical care and research along with education and administrative oversight. Across the NIH-funded Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) consortium, comprised of the 60 largest academic medical centers in the country, implementation of an Enterprise Data Warehouse for Research (EDW4R) is nearly ubiquitous; however, best practices for operating EDW4R are unknown, which hinders the ability of individual medical centers and the CTSA consortium to achieve goals of advancing translational science with EHR data, informatics, and artificial intelligence. 

Since its initial launch in 2019, the EDW4R Working Group, co-led by Boyd Knosp and Tom Campion, has provided a community for informatics practitioners and scientists to define and disseminate best practices. Through monthly “member spotlight” presentations illustrating successful approaches from academic medical centers, peer-reviewed papers and abstracts reporting novel EDW4R studies, and boundary-spanning activities with organizations such as the Clinical Research Forum and the AAMC, the EDW4R Working Group has advanced understanding and use of critical electronic data infrastructure across the CTSA consortium and beyond. Knosp and Campion's work has served as a roadmap for others seeking to establish their own EDW4R programs.

Award announcements courtesy of the GIR.