Homer R. Warner, MD, PhD
The purpose of the Homer Warner Graduate Assistantship in Biomedical Informatics is to provide a first year graduate assistantship to an incoming PhD-seeking student. The award will be offered to a student during the admissions season in early spring, in years when funds are able to support, and will begin the following fall semester. Consideration will be given to those applicants who demonstrate academic excellence.
The recipient will be paid as a graduate assistant in order to qualify the student for the graduate school's tuition benefit program that pays 100% regular tuition. The scholarship will also pay the differential tuition fees, health insurance premium up to $2,000 and $1,000 travel expenses. The total value of the scholarship is approximately $55,000.
In return, the student will perform a set of specified tasks (20 hours per week), and must choose a faculty supervisory chair by March, who will pick up the student's support at the conclusion of this scholarship. US citizenship is not required for application.
Students interested in applying for this scholarship should submit a letter of interest as part of the application process to the Department of Biomedical Informatics.
Homer Warner, Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Informatics
Dr. Homer R. Warner is considered one of the fathers of medical informatics. He pioneered many aspects of computer applications in medicine. In the mid-1950’s, Dr. Warner began working on clinical decision support technology in the cardiology department at LDS Hospital. Dr. Warner and his colleagues developed the HELP (Health Evaluation through Logical Processing) system which is still in use today at Intermountain Healthcare.
Dr. Warner received his bachelor’s and medical degree from the University of Utah, and a doctorate degree in physiology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Warner founded and became the first chair in the Department of Biomedical Informatics in the School of Medicine which existed under various names since 1972. Dr. Warner's legacy of excellence and innovation has persisted and the department remains a leader in informatics research, training, and implementation.
Dr. Warner died, at age 90, on November 30, 2012 after a brief illness.