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Research Scientist
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Dr. Fiszman's primary research interest is natural language processing algorithms that exploit symbolic, rule-based techniques for semantic interpretation of biomedical text. He also is using extracted semantic information for automatic abstraction summarization and literature-based discovery. This work supports the development of NLM's Semantic MEDLINE, an innovative biomedical information management application that combines document retrieval, semantic interpretation, automatic summarization, and knowledge visualization into a single application.

Dr. Fiszman has an M.D. from the State University of Rio de Janeiro a Ph.D. in biomedical informatics from the University of Utah, and held a postdoctoral fellowship in biomedical informatics at NLM.

Professional Activities: 
  • 2013 – Scientific Program Committee, IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics
  • 2012 to the present – Awards Committee, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • 2012 to the present – Intern, Scientific Program Committee, Conference on Intelligent Biology and Medicine
  • 2012 – Scientific Program Committee, First International Workshop on the role of Semantic Web in Literature-Based Discovery
  • 2009 to the present – Scientific Program Committee, BioNLP, Association for Computational Linguistics
  • 2008 to the present – SIGBioMed (special interest group in BioNLP), Association for Computational Linguistics
  • 2007 to the present – Editorial Board of the journal Methods of Information in Medicine
  • 2006 to 2011 – Publications Committee, AMIA


  • ACL BioNLP 2007 and 2008
  • AMIA – 2000 to the present
  • Information Processing & Management
  • Journal of Biomedical Informatics
  • Journal of Information Retrieval
  • Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
  • KR-MED-Ontologies in Biomedicine
  • MEDINFO – 2004 to the present


  • 2011-2013 spring and fall courses in biomedical informatics at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and sponsored by NLM
Honors and Awards: 
  • 2012 Best Paper Award, 2nd IEEE Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging, and Systems Biology
  • 2011 Elected Member of the American College of Medical Informatics
  • 2009 NLM Service Group Award, Semantic Knowledge Representation Project
  • 2008 Distinguished Paper Award Nomination, American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • 2002 Bruce Houtchens Award in Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Utah
  • 2000 Homer Warner Award, AMIA
  • 2000 Distinguished Paper Award Nomination, AMIA
  • 2000 Second Prize, Student Paper Competition, AMIA
Publications/Tools by Marcelo Fiszman: 
Zhang R, Cairelli MJ, Fiszman M, Kilicoglu H, Rindflesch TC, Pakhomov SV, Melton GB. Exploiting Literature-derived Knowledge and Semantics to Identify Potential Prostate Cancer Drugs. Cancer Inform. 2014 Oct 14;13(Suppl 1):103-11. doi: 10.4137/CIN.S13889. eCollection 2014.
Zhang R, Cairelli MJ, Fiszman M, Rosemblat G, Kilicoglu H, Rindflesch TC, Pakhomov SV, Melton GB. Using semantic predications to uncover drug-drug interactions in clinical data. J Biomed Inform. 2014 Jun;49:134-47. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2014.01.004. Epub 2014 Jan 19.
Roberts K, Masterton K, Kilicoglu H, Fiszman M, Demner-Fushman D. Annotating Question Decomposition on Complex Medical Questions. LREC 2014.
Roberts K, Masterton K, Fiszman M, Kilicoglu H, Demner-Fushman D. Annotating Question Types for Consumer Health Questions. LREC 2014, BioTxtM workshop.
Roberts K, Kilicoglu H, Fiszman M, Demner-Fushman D. Decomposing consumer health questions. BioNLP 2014.
Kilicoglu H, Fiszman M, Demner-Fushman D. Interpreting Consumer Health Questions: The Role of Anaphora and Ellipsis. Proceedings of BioNLP 2013. Pages 54-62.
Mishra R, Del Fiol G, Kilicoglu H, Jonnalagadda S, Fiszman M. Automatically extracting clinically useful sentences from UpToDate to support clinicians' information needs. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:987-92. eCollection 2013.
Workman TE, Rosemblat G, Fiszman M, Rindflesch TC. A literature-based assessment of concept pairs as a measure of semantic relatedness. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:1512-21. eCollection 2013.
Cairelli MJ, Miller CM, Fiszman M, Workman TE, Rindflesch TC. Semantic MEDLINE for discovery browsing: using semantic predications and the literature-based discovery paradigm to elucidate a mechanism for the obesity paradox. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:164-73. eCollection 2013.
Jonnalagadda SR, Del Fiol G, Medlin R, Weir C, Fiszman M, Mostafa J, Liu H. Automatically extracting sentences from Medline citations to support clinicians' information needs. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013 Sep-Oct;20(5):995-1000. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2012-001347. Epub 2012 Oct 25.