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Staff Scientist
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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: 
Rodriguez L, Morisson S, Greenberg K, Demner-Fushman D. Towards Automatic Discovery of Genes Related to Human Placenta Poster Fall AMIA 2016.
Guo P, Stanley RJ, De S, Long LR, Antani SK, Thoma GR, Demner-Fushman D, Sornapudia S. Features Advances to Automatically Find Images for Application to Clinical Decision Support. Medical Research Archives. 4(7) 2016. DOI: 10.18103/mra.v4i7.761
Roberts K, Simpson M, Demner-Fushman D, Voorhees E, Hersh W. State-of-the-art in biomedical literature retrieval for clinical cases: a survey of the TREC 2014 CDS track. Information Retrieval Journal. 2016, 19 (1-2); 113-148.
Demner-Fushman D, Elhadad N. Aspiring to Unintended Consequences of Natural Language Processing: A Review of Recent Developments in Clinical and Consumer-Generated Text Processing. IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2016.
Xue Z, Rahman M, Antani SK, Long LR, Demner-Fushman D, Thoma GR. Modality Classification for Searching Figures in Biomedical Literature. Proceedings of the IEEE 29th International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems, pp. 152-157, 2016. doi:10.1109/CBMS.2016.29.
Mrabet Y, Vougiouklis P, Kilicoglu H, Gardent C, Demner-Fushman D, Hare J, Simperl E. Aligning Texts and Knowledge Bases with Semantic Sentence Simplification. WebNLG 2016.
Mrabet Y, Kilicoglu H, Demner-Fushman D. Unsupervised Ranking of Knowledge Bases for Named Entity Recognition. 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2016), The Hague, Holland, Aug 29 - Sep 02, 2016.
Demner-Fushman D, Antani SK, Chachra S, Kushnir M, Gayen S. Open-i Imaging informatics, natural language processing and multi-modal information retrieval - research and development Technical Report to the LHNCBC Board of Scientific Counselors September 2016
Wei W, Marmor R, Singh S, Wang S, Demner-Fushman D, Kuo TT, Hsu CN, Ohno-Machado L. Finding Related Publications: Extending the Set of Terms Used to Assess Article Similarity. AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc. 2016 Jul 20;2016:225-34. eCollection 2016.
Shin HC, Roberts K, Lu L, Demner-Fushman D. Learning to Read Chest X-Rays: Recurrent Neural Cascade Model for Automated Image Annotation. IEEE Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2016.