Julia Adler-Milstein takes top U-M award for junior faculty

Julia Adler-Milstein, an assistant professor in the School of Information and the School of Public Health, is one of four faculty members in 2015 to receive the Henry Russel Award, one of the highest honors the university bestows upon junior faculty.

Adler-Milstein joined the School of Information faculty in 2011. Her research focuses on policy and management issues related to the use of information technology in health care delivery.

She examines the progress of health IT adoption, its impact on health care costs and quality, and the relationship between organizational structure and health IT use. Her work on health IT adoption focuses on health information exchange. In March, 2015, she testified before a U.S. Senate panel on the investment in information technology in health care.

Her 34 publications in peer-reviewed journals have appeared in Health Affairs, Disease Management, American Journal of Managed Care, and Annals of Internal Medicine and Management Science, among many others. Her awards and fellowships include the American Medical Informatics Association New Investigator Award and Carnegie Junior Faculty Development Fellowship. In 2014, she was named one of FierceHealthIT’s “10 Influential Women in Health IT.”

"Julia has been doing the best work in the country on the impacts of Affordable Care Act information technology requirements on health care," said UMSI dean Jeff MacKie-Mason. "As an assistant professor she has already established herself as a national leader, and she is a role model for the value of careful science applied to health policy."

Adler-Milstein holds a PhD in health policy from Harvard University. She is the second UMSI faculty member to receive the Henry Russel Award. Fomer UMSI assistant professor (and current adjunct) Lada Adamic received it in 2011.

Honorees are selected for recommendation by the Russel Awards Faculty Advisory Committee. It is chaired by Janet A. Weiss, dean of the Rackham Graduate School. The Russel Award and the Henry Russel Lectureship were established in 1925 with a bequest from Henry Russel of Detroit. He received three degrees from U-M.