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Special Volunteer
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Expertise and Research Interests: 

Swapna Abhyankar, MD, is a Special Volunteer with the Computer Science Branch of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, NLM. Dr. Abhyankar received her BS degree from Stanford University and MD from the University of Michigan. She did her pediatrics internship and residency at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and is board certified in Pediatrics. She completed a post-doctoral Clinical Informatics fellowship at NLM in 2011.

Dr. Abhyankar is currently working on several projects. Her three primary areas of focus are: 1) developing standard terminology and messaging guidance for newborn screening and long-term follow-up for patients diagnosed with conditions found during newborn screening; 2) developing the content for NLM’s standards-based personal health record (PHR); and 3) standardizing the contents of MIMIC-II, a large ICU database of de-identified patient data, to make it more useful for researchers and using the data to answer clinical research questions.

Professional Activities: 

Dr. Abhyankar is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). She is also a member of the Laboratory Standards and Procedures subcommittee of the HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children (SACHDNC) as well as the HRSA Critical Congenital Heart Disease pilot program’s Technical Advisory Committee. She is on the steering committee for the Association of Public Health Laboratories’ Newborn Screening Technical assistance and Evaluation Program (NewSTEPs) and the Morocco newborn screening pilot program.

Honors and Awards: 

She received an NLM group award in 2011 for her work on the PHR and in 2012 for her work on the MIMIC-II database.

Publications/Tools by Swapna Abhyankar: 
Abhyankar S, Vreeman DJ, Westra BL, Delaney CW. Letter to the Editor-Comments on the Use of LOINC and SNOMED CT for Representing Nursing Data. Int J Nurs Knowl. 2017 Aug 30. doi: 10.1111/2047-3095.12183. [Epub ahead of print]
Vreeman DJ, Abhyankar S, McDonald CJ. Re: Unit conversions between LOINC codes Published June 19, 2017. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Aug 23. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx087. [Epub ahead of print]
Mundkur ML, Callaghan FM, Abhyankar S, McDonald CJ. Use of Electronic Health Record Data to Evaluate the Impact of Race on 30-Day Mortality in Patients Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2017 Aug;4(4):539-548. doi: 10.1007/s40615-016-0256-6. Epub 2016 Jun 20.
Roberts K, Shooshan SE, Rodriguez L, Abhyankar S, Kilicoglu H, Demner-Fushman D. The role of fine-grained annotations in supervised recognition of risk factors for heart disease from EHRs. J Biomed Inform. 2015 Dec;58 Suppl:S111-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2015.06.010. Epub 2015 Jun 26.
Abhyankar S, Goodwin RM, Sontag M, Yusuf C, Ojodu J, McDonald CJ. An update on the use of health information technology in newborn screening. Semin Perinatol. 2015 Apr;39(3):188-93. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2015.03.003. Epub 2015 Apr 29.
Abhyankar S, Demner-Fushman D, Callaghan FM, McDonald CJ. Combining structured and unstructured data to identify a cohort of ICU patients who received dialysis. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2014 Sep-Oct;21(5):801-7. doi: 10.1136/amiajnl-2013-001915. Epub 2014 Jan 2.
Callaghan FM, Leishear K, Abhyankar S, Demner-Fushman D, McDonald CJ. High vitamin B12 levels are not associated with increased mortality risk for ICU patients after adjusting for liver function: a cohort study. ESPEN J. 2014 Apr 1;9(2):e76-e83.
Abhyankar S, Demner-Fushman D. A simple method to extract key maternal data from neonatal clinical notes. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2013 Nov 16;2013:2-9. eCollection 2013.
Abhyankar S, McDonald CJ. Overweight, obesity, and all-cause mortality. JAMA. 2013 Apr 24;309(16):1680-1. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.3092.
McDonald CJ, Vreeman DJ, Abhyankar S. Comment on "time to integrate clinical and research informatics". Sci Transl Med. 2013 Apr 3;5(179):179le1. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3005700.