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Staff Scientist
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Expertise and Research Interests: 

Dina  Demner-Fushman, MD, PhD leads research in information retrieval and natural language processing; providing clinical decision support through linking evidence (text and images) to patients’ data; answering clinical and consumer health questions; and extracting information from clinical text. Dr. Demner-Fushman earned her doctor of medicine degree from Kazan State Medical Institute in 1980, and clinical research Doctorate (PhD) in Medical Science degree from Moscow Medical and Stomatological Institute in 1989. She earned her MS and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2003 and 2006, respectively. She earned her BA in Computer Science from Hunter College, CUNY in 2000.  Dr. Demner-Fushman is a lead investigator in several NLM projects in the areas of Information Extraction for Clinical Decision Support, EMR Database Research and Development, and Image and Text Indexing for Clinical Decision Support and Education. The outgrowths of these projects are the evidence-based decision support system in use at the NIH Clinical Center since 2009, an image retrieval engine, OpenI, launched in 2012, and an automatic customers' requests answering service that supports NLM customer services since May 2014. She is the author of more than 120 articles and book chapters in the fields of information retrieval, natural language processing, and biomedical and clinical informatics. She has co-authored a textbook in Biomedical Natural Language Processing published in 2014.

Professional Activities: 

Dr. Demner-Fushman is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), an editorial board member of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and a founding member of the Association for Computational Linguistics Special Interest Group on biomedical natural language processing. As the secretary of this group, she has been an essential organizer of the yearly ACL BioNLP Workshop since 2007.

Honors and Awards: 

Dr. Demner-Fushman has received nine staff recognition and special act NLM awards since 2002. She is a recipient of the 2012  NIH Award of Merit, and a 2013 NLM Regents Award for Scholarship or Technical Achievement.

Publications/Tools by Dina Demner-Fushman: 
Kilicoglu H, Ben Abacha A, Mrabet Y, Shooshan SE, Rodriguez L, Masterton K, Demner-Fushman D. Semantic annotation of consumer health questions. BMC Bioinformatics. 2018 Feb 6;19(1):34. doi: 10.1186/s12859-018-2045-1.
Zweigenbaum P, Demner-Fushman D. Advanced Literature-Mining Tools. In Edwards D, Stajich J, and Hansen D. (Editors). Bioinformatics: Tools and Applications. Springer 2009.
Demner-Fushman D. A dataset of 200 structured product labels annotated for adverse drug reactions. Sci Data. 2018 Jan 30;5:180001. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2018.1.
Rodriguez L, Morrison SM, Greenberg K, Demner-Fushman D. Mining the literature for genes associated with placenta-mediated maternal diseases. AMIA Nov 2017
Ben Abacha A, De Herrera A, Gayen S, Demner-Fushman D, Antani SK. NLM at ImageCLEF 2017 Caption Task. International Conference of the Cross-Language Evaluation Forum for European Languages 2017 Sep 11 (pp. 358-360). Springer, Cham.
Mrabet Y, Kilicoglu H, Demner-Fushman D. TextFlow: A Text Similarity Measure based on Continuous Sequences. Proceedings of the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 2017, Vancouver, Canada, July 30 - August 4, Volume
Mork JG, Aronson A, Demner-Fushman D. 12 years on - Is the NLM medical text indexer still useful and relevant? J Biomed Semantics. 2017 Feb 23;8(1):8. doi: 10.1186/s13326-017-0113-5.
Zhang, K, Demner-Fushman D. Automated classification of eligibility criteria in clinical trials to facilitate patient-trial matching for specific patient populations. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Feb 19. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocw176. [Epub ahead of print]
Roberts K, Rodriguez L, Shooshan SE, Demner-Fushman D. Resource Classification for Medical Questions. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2017 Feb 10;2016:1040-1049. eCollection 2016.
Ben Abacha A, Demner-Fushman D. Recognizing Question Entailment for Medical Question Answering. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2017 Feb 10;2016:310-318. eCollection 2016.