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Past President

Valerie J. Watzlaf

Valerie J. Watzlaf


Valerie Watzlaf is an associate professor and vice chair of education within the department of health information management in the school of health and rehabilitation sciences (SHRS) at the University of Pittsburgh. She has devoted over 35 years to teaching courses in health information management and informatics, and conducts research on both coding productivity and predictive models as well as telehealth privacy and security best practices. Watzlaf has served/chaired several national committees of AHIMA, including the Council for Excellence in Education (CEE) and the AHIMA Foundation Board of Directors. She has delivered over 100 presentations and authored over 100 publications; her AHIMA Press title Health Informatics Research Methods: Principles and Practice recently earned recognition by Doody Enterprises as a Core Title in the Health Sciences for Health Information Management.

A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Watzlaf earned several degrees from the University of Pittsburgh--a Bachelor of Science in Health Records Administration from the school of health related professions; a Master's of Public Health, and a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the graduate school of public health. She also holds a secondary appointment in the graduate school of public health. Watzlaf's career is dotted with numerous awards and accolades, including the AHIMA Research Triumph Award, PHIMA’s Distinguished Member Award, and the University of Pittsburgh's SHRS Distinguished Alumnus Award.

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