Thomas C. Rindfleisch
Director Emeritus, Lane Medical Library
Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, Depts of Medicine & Computer Science
Stanford University School of Medicine
THOMAS C. RINDFLEISCH is Director Emeritus of the Stanford University Lane Medical Library and former Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Research and Development of SKOLAR, Inc. At Stanford, Mr. Rindfleisch was a Senior Research Scientist in the Stanford Departments of Medicine and Computer Science for nearly thirty years and directed the medical library for four years. He led the NIH-funded SUMEX-AIM and CAMIS computing resources that served national biomedical research communities from 1973-1996. In these roles, he developed open, network-based, distributed computing services for applications in health care, including medical decision-support systems. Software developed under his leadership was the basis for four successful Silicon Valley start-up companies, including Cisco Systems and SKOLAR. Before coming to Stanford in 1971, he developed some of the earliest digital image processing technologies at the Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory for early unmanned space missions and for civilian applications. He has been a frequent advisor to the National Institutes of Health. He has a deep interest in open standards and in privacy and security issues and was a member of the National Research Council study group that produced an influential report in 1997 on best security practices in modern health care organizations. He served on a recent Institute of Medicine study group on health information technology standards. He served on the Federal Networking Council Advisory Committee and was a board member and trustee of the Charles Babbage Foundation. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American College of Medical Informatics. He recently volunteered two years as foreperson of the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury and continues to provide training for new grand jurors. He holds B.S. in physics from Purdue University and an M.S. in theoretical physics from the California Institute of Technology.