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Distinguished member Award

Claire Dixon-Lee, PhD, RHIA, CPH, FAHIMA

Claire Dixon Lee


Claire Dixon-Lee, PhD, RHIA, CPH, FAHIMA, began her health information management (HIM) career in Buffalo, NY, in HIM practice and as faculty at Daemen College. She moved to Chicago to work for AHIMA in the academic and continuing education divisions where, under her leadership, the first Assembly on Education (AOE) summer symposium was launched in 1989. She had a long career in higher education as a program director and associate professor in HIM and public health informatics undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dixon-Lee holds a master’s degree in epidemiology from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a doctoral degree in public health policy and administration from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health.

Dixon-Lee was the first chief executive officer of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), a past President/Chair of AHIMA (1999), received the AHIMA Triumph Award for Professional Achievement (1996), and was selected as the first recipient of the Alexander M. Schmidt Endowed Fellowship in Technology and Clinical Practice Assessment of the University Health Systems Consortium (1993). She was a former president of MC Strategies Inc., a web-based learning management corporation and recently became an owner of CDL Strategies, LLC consulting. She has worked for some of the industry’s significant healthcare technology companies in product design and information systems development. Dixon-Lee held a Department of Health and Human Services appointment with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 2011-2017.

She has been a life-long volunteer, most recently as public board member for the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs and newly elected public member of the National Architectural Accrediting Board. She continues to serve as a peer reviewer for CAHIIM graduate degree programs.

Dixon-Lee demonstrates a tradition of facilitating inspiration and fresh ideas to newcomers and established members of the HIM and health informatics professions.

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