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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: 
Alexander GL, Hauser S, Steely K, Ford G, Demner-Fushman D. A Usability Study of the PubMed on Tap User Interface for PDAs Medinfo. 2004 Sept.;2004: 1411-1415.
Demner-Fushman D, Hauser SE, Ford G, Thoma GR. Organizing Literature Information for Clinical Decision Support Stud Health Technol Inform. 2004;107(Pt 1):602-6.
Aronson AR, Demner-Fushman D, Humphrey SM, Ide NC, Kim W, Liu H, Loane RF, Mork JG, Smith LH, Tanabe LK, Wilbur WJ, Xie N. Knowledge-intensive and statistical approaches to the retrieval and annotation of genomics MEDLINE citations. The Thirteenth Text Retrieval Conference (TREC 2004). 2004:503-11.
Hauser SE, Demner-Fushman D, Ford G, Thoma GR. A Testbed System for Mobile Point-Of-Care Information Delivery Proc. 17th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems. 2004 June;: 147-52.
Kayaalp M, Aronson AR, Humphrey SM, Ide NC, Tanabe LK, Smith LH, Demner-Fushman D, Loane RF, Mork JG, Bodenreider O. Methods for accurate retrieval of MEDLINE citations in functional genomics. The Twelfth Text Retrieval Conference (TREC 2003). 2003:441-50.
Hauser SE, Schlaifer J, Sabir TF, Demner-Fushman D, Thoma GR. Correcting OCR Text by Association with Historic Datasets Proc. SPIE Electronic Imaging. 2003 Jan;5010: 84-93.