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Alan (Lan) R. Aronson, PhD, is a senior researcher at the Lister Hill Center, U.S. National Library of Medicine. His research focuses on applying natural language processing (NLP) techniques to biomedical text for tasks ranging from indexing and retrieval of the biomedical literature to mining clinical text. He is the developer of the world-recognized MetaMap program, which automatically detects the biomedical concepts occurring in text; and his research group is responsible for NLM's Medical Text Indexer (MTI) which assists in various indexing efforts including MEDLINE indexing.

Professional Organizations: 

Dr. Aronson is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA), the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Honors and Awards: 

Dr. Aronson was elected to the Faculty of the American College of Medical Informatics (FACMI) in 2005. In addition, he received the NLM Board of Regents Award in 2010 and an NIH Director's Award in 2012, both of which were for his sustained contribution to the medical informatics community in the development of MetaMap and the Medical Text Indexer.

Publications/Tools by Alan Aronson: 
Mork JG, Aronson A, Demner-Fushman D. 12 years on - Is the NLM medical text indexer still useful and relevant? J Biomed Semantics. 2017 Feb 23;8(1):8. doi: 10.1186/s13326-017-0113-5.
Demner-Fushman D, Rogers W, Aronson A. MetaMap Lite: an evaluation of a new Java implementation of MetaMap. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Jan 27. pii: ocw177. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocw177. [Epub ahead of print]
Cho D, Mork JG, Aronson A, Demner-Fushman D, Schmidt S, Ozga D, Pash J, Kilbourne J. MeSH on demand: an easy way to identify relevant MeSH terms and related articles from text. National Cancer Institute (NCI) Symposium "RNA Biology 2015".
Jimeno Yepes AJ, Plaza L, Carrillo-de-Albornoz J, Mork JG, Aronson A. Feature engineering for MEDLINE citation categorization with MeSH. BMC Bioinformatics. 2015 Apr 8;16:113. doi: 10.1186/s12859-015-0539-7.
Hanauer DA, Saeed M, Zheng K, Mei Q, Shedden K, Aronson AR, Ramakrishnan N. Applying MetaMap to Medline for identifying novel associations in a large clinical dataset: a feasibility analysis. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Sep-Oct;21(5):925-37. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2014-002767. Epub 2014 Jun 13.
Osborne R, Aronson A, Cohen K. A repository of semantic types in the MIMIC II database clinical notes. BioNLP 2014.
Mork JG, Demner-Fushman D, Schmidt SC, Aronson A. Recent Enhancements to the NLM Medical Text Indexer. BioASQ 2014.
Mork JG, Demner-Fushman D, Schmidt SC, Aronson A. Vocabulary Density Method for Personalized Indexing of MEDLINE Journals. 2014 AMIA Symposium (Poster).
Demner-Fushman D, Mork JG, Aronson AR. Mining MEDLINE for problems associated with vitamin D. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:300-8. eCollection 2013.
Yepes AJ, Mork JG, Demner-Fushman D, Aronson AR. Comparison and combination of several MeSH indexing approaches. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:709-18. eCollection 2013.