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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, Leishear K, Callaghan FM, Demner-Fushman D, McDonald CJ. Lower short- and long-term mortality associated with overweight and obesity in a large cohort study of adult intensive care unit patients. Crit Care. 2012 Dec 18;16(6):R235. doi: 10.1186/cc11903.
Abhyankar S, Demner-Fushman D, Callaghan F, Leishear K, McDonald CJ. MIMIC-II: a database of 30,000+ patients for ICU research. NIH Intramural Research Festival, Bethesda MD, October 9-12, 2012.
Callaghan F, Jackson MT, Demner-Fushman D, Abhyankar S, McDonald C. Analysis of data that has been extracted from free-text using natural language processing: a likelihood model for misclassification with an application to medical informatics. International Conference on Advances in Interdisciplinary Statistics and Combinatorics (AISC2012), Greensboro, NC, October 2012
Callaghan F, Jackson MT, Demner-Fushman D, Abhyankar S, McDonald CJ. NLP-derived information improves the estimates of risk of disease compared to estimates based on manually extracted data alone. 5th International Symposium on Semantic Mining in Biomedicine (SMBM 2012), 2012 Sept 3-4, Zurich, Switzerland.
Abhyankar S, Demner-Fushman D, McDonald CJ. Standardizing clinical laboratory data for secondary use. J Biomed Inform. 2012 Aug;45(4):642-50. doi: 10.1016/j.jbi.2012.04.012. Epub 2012 May 3.
Demner-Fushman D, Abhyankar S. Syntactic-semantic frames for clinical cohort identification queries. Data Integration in the Life Sciences (DILS) June 2012, LNBI 7348 proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 2012;7348:100-112
Demner-Fushman D, Abhyankar S. Syntactic-semantic question frames for cohort identification. The 2012 Joint Summits on Translational Science. San Francisco, CA. March 2012.
Goodwin RM, Abhyankar S, Zuckerman AE, Copeland SM, Sarkar D, Cuthbert C, Therrell BL, Ojodu J, Lloyd-Puryear MA, Jenders RA, McDonald CJ. Newborn screening health information exchange: updated guidance for coding and HL7 electronic messaging. APHL Newborn Screening and Genetics Testing Symposium. 2011 Nov 7.
Abhyankar S, Goodwin RM, Zuckerman A, McDonald CJ. Dataset: newborn screening results annotated example HL7 electronic message guidance (v 5.2).
Abhyankar S, Therrell B, Eaton R, Cuthbert C, Ojodu J, Copeland S, Goodwin RM, McDonald C. Using LOINC and HL7 to standardize hemoglobinopathy screening result reporting. APHL Newborn Screening and Genetics Testing Symposium. 2011 Nov 7.