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Dr. Hua Xu is an assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). He co-directs the Biomedical Language Processing Laboratory and the Discovery System Laboratory at VUMC. Dr. Xu received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics from Columbian University in New York City in 2008. In addition, he holds a B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Nanjing University in China, an M.S. in Computer Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. My CV

Dr. Xu is an expert in biomedical text processing and data mining. His primary research interests include:1) natural language processing (NLP) of clinical text; 2) text mining of biomedical literature; 3) Healthcare data mining. He is the author of many publications on biomedical NLP and text mining, and his research on medication extraction received the Homer Warner Award from the American Medical Informatics Association in 2009. His team participated in the i2b2 NLP challenges and ranked 2nd in consecutive years (2009 and 2010). Dr. Xu has been principal investigator on a number of grants, including R01s from National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Research Projects:
- Open source clinical NLP systems
- Clinical abbreviation recognition and disambiguation
- Grammar Induction and Statistical Parsing of clincal text
- EMR-based epidemiological studies of cancers
- Informatics approaches to Pharmacogenomics - extracting and modeling drug exposure from EHR data
- Drug-ADE detection (pharmacovigilance) from EHR
- Literature mining of genes and environmental factors


Research Interests
  • NLP of clinical notes
  • Text mining of biomedical literature
  • Data mining of EHR

  • Team Members
  • Yonghui Wu, PhD, research fellow
  • Mei Liu, PhD, research fellow
  • Yukun Chen, MS, PhD student
  • Samir AbdelRahman, PhD, research fellow
  • Anushi Shah, Programmer
  • Min Jiang, MS, Programmer
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