Honored for Innovation

Marion Ball receives top honor for leadership in her field

Marion Ball


Marion Ball, professor of nursing in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and executive director of the Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics, was honored with the John P. Glaser Health Informatics Innovator Award, given by UTHealth Houston’s D. Brady McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics.

“Dr. John Glaser is a person I have long admired,” says Dr. Ball. “To be receiving the award that bears his name, and to be in the company of those who have received it before me, is indeed an honor.”

Ball’s nearly half-century in the field includes more than 350 journal articles, 40 books, and numerous board and organization positions.

In a news release announcing the honor, Glaser said: “Dr. Marion Ball’s formative influence in health informatics is truly the stuff of legends.” Glaser is UTHealth Houston’s senior vice president and the founding member of his namesake Health Informatics Society.

Jiajie Zhang, dean and professor of UTHealth Houston’s D. Bradley McWilliams School of Biomedical Informatics, said Ball “has promoted and demonstrated the value of informatics to the delivery of health care, nationally and internationally.”

Ball also holds the Raj and Indra Nooyi Endowed Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

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