Introducing New Associate Professor Hua Xu, Ph.D.

Published October 15, 2012


Photo of Hua Xu, PhD(October 15)- Hua Xu, Ph.D., is the newest faculty member at the school. He directs the Center for Computational Biomedicine and is the chair-elect of the American Medical Informatics Association Natural Language Processing Working Group, a community of over 400 members engaged in biomedical NLP research.

Xu received a PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Columbia University in 2008. During the same year, he joined Vanderbilt University as an assistant professor in the department of biomedical informatics, director of the discovery systems laboratory, and co-director of the biomedical language processing laboratory.

Xu’s primary research interest is clinical natural language processing, which extracts structured information from unstructured clinical text.

NLP methods and systems developed by Xu’s lab have been employed to improve health care quality and safety, as well as accelerate the secondary use of Electronic Health Records for clinical, genomic and pharmacogenomic studies. He received the Homer Warner Award from AMIA in 2009 for his research on medication information extraction from clinical documents.

Xu has been an author/co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed papers and has been involved in numerous NIH grants generating more than $38 million.