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BMI Welcomes Wendy Chapman, Ph.D., as the new Department Chair

The Department of Biomedical Informatics is pleased to welcome its new Chair, Wendy W. Chapman, Ph.D. Her appointment began Sept. 1, 2013.

A nationally renowned scholar and researcher in extracting information from narrative clinical reports, Dr. Chapman is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and is past chair of the American Medical Informatics Association Natural Language Processing (NLP) Working Group. She is involved in several multicenter efforts for enriching linguistic and clinical knowledge bases, developing standards for modeling clinical data described in narrative reports, and building infrastructure and resources for informatics development and collaboration.

After 10 years at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Chapman has worked most recently at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine’s Division of Biomedical Informatics, where she participated in research related to natural language processing and data sharing. She brings several funded research projects, including a $2.4 million grant from the National Library of Medicine and a $1.2 million grant funded by VA Health Services Research and Development.

Dr. Chapman's arrival in Utah will be a homecoming of sorts: she graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics and went on to earn her Ph.D. in medical informatics from the U. Her husband, Brian Chapman, Ph.D., is also a talented scientist and will join the Department of Radiology faculty with leadership responsibilities in the CCTS’s new Imaging Phenotyping Section.