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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, Goodwin RM, Zuckerman AE, McDonald CJ. Dataset: Newborn screening LOINC panel.
Demner-Fushman D, Abhyankar S, Callaghan FM, McDonald CJ. Extracting sources of admission and discharge destinations from discharge summaries [Poster]. AMIA 2011 Fall Symposium.
Callaghan F, Demner-Fushman D, Abhyankar S, McDonald CJ. Addressing errors in a retrospective observational ICU database [poster]. AMIA 2011 Fall Symposium.
Abhyankar S, Goodwin RM, Zuckerman AE, McDonald CJ. Dataset: newborn screening LOINC codes (AHIC panel).
McDonald CJ, Abhyankar S, Taft L. Dataset: common units of measure - subset of the Unified Code for Units of Measure.
Abhyankar S, Callaghan FM, Demner-Fushman D, McDonald CJ. Using informatics tools to study obesity and outcomes after critical illness. NLM Informatics Training Conference 2011, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Campus, Natcher Conference Center, Bethesda, MD, June 28-30, 2011.
McDonald CJ, Abhyankar S. Clinical decision support and rich clinical repositories: a symbiotic relationship: comment on "Electronic health records and clinical decision support systems". Arch Intern Med. 2011 May 23;171(10):903-5. doi: 10.1001/archinternmed.2010.518. Epub 2011 Jan 24.
McDonald CJ, Abhyankar S. Moving, merging, managing, and mining clinical data for care and research. April 2011 Technical Report to the LHNCBC Board of Scientific Counselors.
Abhyankar S, Lloyd-Puryear MA, Goodwin R, Copeland S, Eichwald J, Therrell BL, Zuckerman A, Downing G, McDonald CJ. Standardizing newborn screening results for health information exchange. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010 Nov 13;2010:1-5.