About This Award

Photo: Morris F. Collen, MDIn 1948, Morris F. Collen, M.D., became one of the seven founding physicians of the Permanente Medical Group. As a clinician, researcher and teacher, Dr. Collen made significant contributions to the medical group and Kaiser Permanente members. Today he is recognized internationally for his pioneering work in applying computer technology to medicine.

From 1953 - 1961, Dr. Collen served as Physician-in-Chief in San Francisco. He became Director of Medical Methods Research (now the Division of Research) in 1961, ending his tenure in 1979 when he became Director, Division of Technology Assessment.

As an author and an editor, Dr. Collen has published extensively in the areas of internal medicine, preventive medicine, health services research, multiphasic testing, technology assessment, and medical informatics. His publications include more than 180 articles in the scientific literature and 5 books.

It is Dr. Collen’s work in medical computing that garnered international recognition. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 1981, and served as Chair of the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Board of Scientific Counselors from 1985-1987. As an NLM Scholar-in-Residence from 1987-1993, he wrote a history of medical applications of the computer.

Since 1983, Dr. Collen has served as a Consultant with the Division of Research, and he remains an enthusiastic supporter of research and teaching in TPMG.

The Morris F. Collen Research Award recognizes the efforts of TPMG physicians who make significant contributions to scientific literature, the knowledge of their colleagues, and the health and welfare of Kaiser Permanente members and our communities.

Morris F. Collen Research Awards