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ëëLaníí Aronson received his bachelorís degree in mathematics magna cum laude from the University of Washington in Seattle, a masterís degree in mathematics, and both masterís and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Maryland. He has been a computer scientist at the National Library of Medicineís (NLM) Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications since 1988. In a highly productive research program, he has developed a broad array of applications that use the Metathesaurus and other UMLS (Unified Medical Language System) knowledge components. Among these are MetaMap, which is a program that automatically maps text to concepts in the Metathesaurus, and a Medical Text Indexer System, which produces automated MeSH indexing of meeting abstracts and suggests appropriate MeSH headings to NLMís MEDLINE indexers. He also developed a Natural Language Processing (NLP) subset tag that has been incorporated into the Metathesaurus to assist NLP researchers. Dr. Aronsonís election to the College recognizes the substantial impact his innovations have had on the productivity of other researchers, and the utility of NLMís global information services.


The American College of Medical Informatics

ACMI is a college of elected Fellows from the U.S. and abroad who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics. It is the central body for a community of scholars and practitioners who are committed to advancing the informatics field.

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