Wendy W. Chapman, PhD

Chair, Department of Biomedical Informatics


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Academic Information

  • Departments: Biomedical Informatics - Professor

Academic Office Information

  • 801-581-4080
  • Biomedical Informatics
    421 Wakara Way, Room: Suite 140
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Dr. Chapman earned her Bachelor's degree in Linguistics and her PhD in Medical Informatics from the University of Utah in 2000. From 2000-2010 she was a National Library of Medicine postdoctoral fellow and then a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh. She joined the Division of Biomedical Informatics at the University of California, San Diego in 2010. In 2013, Dr. Chapman became the chair of the University of Utah, Department of Biomedical Informatics.

Dr. Chapmanā€™s research focuses on developing and disseminating resources for modeling and understanding information described in narrative clinical reports. She is interested not only in better algorithms for extracting information out of clinical text through natural language processing (NLP) but also in generating resources for improving the NLP development process (such as shareable annotations and open source toolkits) and in developing user applications to help non-NLP experts apply NLP in informatics-based tasks like clinical research and decision support.

She has been a principal investigator on several NIH grants from the National Library of Medicine, National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research, and National Institute for General Medical Sciences. In addition, she has collaborated on multi-center grants including the ONC SHARP Secondary Use of Clinical Data and the iDASH National Center for Biomedical Computing. Dr. Chapman is a PI and a co-investigator on a number of VA Health Services Research and Development (HSRD) grant proposals extending the development and application of NLP within the VA.

A tenured Professor at the University of Utah, Dr. Chapman continues her research in addition to leading the Department of Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Chapman is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics, was the previous chair of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Natural Language Processing Working Group, and is the founding chair of the Women in AMIA Committe. She is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine.

Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=FYmyACUAAAAJ

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship National LIbrary of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Pittsburgh
Biomedical Informatics
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Medical Informatics
Undergraduate University of Utah