Lussier Receives Ambassador Award

Yves A. Lussier, MD, associate vice president for data science and chief knowledge officer at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, and director of the UAHS Center for Biomedical Informatics and Biostatistics, recently was honored by his alma mater, the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, with an Ambassador Award.

Dr. Lussier was awarded the title of Ambassador for Health Sciences for his team’s pioneering work in precision medicine and information technology solutions for the health-care sector. He is a co-founder of Purkinje Incorporated, which led the way in pen computing (a computer user-interface using a pen rather than a keyboard) for comprehensive clinical management of patients by physicians. He is the author of more than 150 scientific publications, and his research has been featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Lussier is one of 10 alumni named Ambassadors of the University. Dr. Lussier received bachelor of engineering and medical degrees from the University of Sherbrooke, where he also performed predoctoral research in the Departments of Medicine and Human Physiology. After medical school, he completed an internship in ophthalmology at Laval University Hospital in Quebec City, and a residency in family medicine at the University of Sherbrooke Medical Center. He then was a post-doctoral residential fellow in the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the College of Surgeons & Physicians at Columbia University.

Dr. Lussier also is associate director for cancer informatics and precision health at the UA Cancer Center, associate director of BIO5 Informatics, and professor of medicine with the UA College of Medicine – Tucson.