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James J Cimino

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Name  James Cimino

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Institutions  United States National Library of Medicine Columbia University
Alma mater  Brown University New York Medical College Harvard University
Doctoral students  Eneida A. Mendonca Qing T. Zeng Elizabeth Chen Alex Yu Chintan Patel Xinxin (Katie) Zhu
Other notable students  Peter D. Stetson Yves A. Lussier Rita Kukafka David Baorto David Wajngurt Mureen Allen
Known for  Controlled Medical Vocabulary (Medical Entity Dictionary, Research Entity Dictionary, UMLS) Infobuttons
Education  New York Medical College, Harvard University, Brown University
Fields  Knowledge representation and reasoning, Controlled vocabulary, Health informatics, Decision-making

Academic advisors  G. Octo Barnett
Notable students  Eneida A. Mendonca

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James J. Cimino, is a physician-scientist and biomedical informatician elected in 2014 to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science. 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.


Cimino is the inaugural director of the Informatics Institute in the School of Medicine and co-director of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Previously, Cimino was Chief of the Laboratory for Informatics Development at the NIH Clinical Center, and Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University.

Cimino has published over 200 articles.


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    James J. Cimino Wikipedia

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