James J. Cimino, MD

2018 to 2020

University of Alabama at Birmingham Informatics Institute School of Medicine

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After graduating from Brown University and earning the MD degree at the New York Medical College, James Cimino interned and completed residency training in medicine at Saint Vincent's Hospital in New York. He went on to complete a research fellowship in medical informatics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard. Before accepting his current position, a dual appointment to the National Library of Medicine, Cimino was a professor of biomedical informatics and medicine at Columbia University. His primary research interests include medical concept representation and using it to support clinical decision-making. Since 1991, he has received significant grant support, primarily through the NLM, as principal investigator on projects related to the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), a concept NLM says is to facilitate the development of computer systems that behave as if they "understand" the meaning of the language of biomedicine and health.

Cimino has been an active member of the NLM Board of Scientific Counselors, co-chair of the HL-7 Vocabulary Technical Committee, and on the board of the American Medical Informatics Association. He continues to hold an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University. As Chief of the Laboratory for Clinical Informatics Development at the NIH Clinical Center he is directing the development of the Biomedical Translational Research Information System (BTRIS), an NIH-wide repository of data collected over the past four decades of clinical research. He also is a tenured investigator with the National Library of Medicine.

Cimino is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and the American College of Physicians and currently serves as president of the American College Medical Informatics. In 2006 he received the Medal of Honor from the New York Medical College and was elected to fellowship in the New York Academy of Medicine. In 2002 he received the President's Award from the American Medical Informatics Association. In 2009, he received the Clinical Center Director's Award for his work on BTRIS.