James J. Cimino

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James J. Cimino
Born United States USA
Fields Medical concept representation
Controlled vocabulary
Biomedical Informatics
Medical decision making
Institutions United States National Library of Medicine
Columbia University
Alma mater Brown University
New York Medical College
Harvard University
Academic advisors G. Octo Barnett
Doctoral students Eneida A. Mendonça
Qing T. Zeng[1]
Elizabeth Chen
Alex Yu
Chintan Patel[2]
Xinxin (Katie) Zhu[3]
Other notable students Peter D. Stetson[4]
Yves A. Lussier
Rita Kukafka
David Baorto
David Wajngurt
Mureen Allen
Known for Controlled Medical Vocabulary
(Medical Entity Dictionary,[5]
Research Entity Dictionary,
UMLS)
Infobuttons[6]
Notable awards Elected Member, IOM
Fellow, ACP
Fellow, ACMI
Medal of Honor, NYMC
Fellow, NYAM
President’s Award, AMIA
NIH Clinical Center Director's Award for BTRIS[7]

James J. Cimino, MD, is a physician-scientist and biomedical informatician elected in 2014 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science.[8] He pioneered the theory and formalisms of medical concept representation underpinning the use of controlled medical vocabularies in electronic medical records in support of clinical decision-making. Training under Octo Barnett at Harvard University, he also contributed to the initiation of the Unified Medical Language System. In addition, he actively practices medicine as an internist and has devoted many years to develop and innovate clinical information systems that have been integrated in the New York–Presbyterian Hospital, and the Columbia University Medical Center.

Currently, Dr. Cimino is Chief of Laboratory for Informatics Development at the NIH Clinical Center and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. On January 22, 2015, the University of Alabama at Birmingham announced Dr. Cimino has been named the inaugural director of the Informatics Institute in the School of Medicine and co-director of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science.[9]

Dr. Cimino has published over 200 articles.

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