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Clair Kronk, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Clair Kronk (she/her) is a postdoctoral fellow in medical informatics. She is the creator of the first LGBTQIA+ controlled vocabulary for usage in health care, the Gender, Sex, and Sexual Orientation (GSSO) ontology, which contains information on over 10,000 terms. She has worked with HL7, SNOMED CT, the Canada Health Infoway, the Trans Metadata Collective, the Homosaurus, the Queensland Health Gender and Sex Sub Working Group (GSSWG), and the AMIA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force (DEI-TF) in relationship to trans and gender-diverse language representation.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    University of Cincinnati, Biomedical Informatics (2021)
  • BSc
    University of Pittsburgh, Bioinformatics (2017)


  • Standardized Language and Nonstandard Identities: Gender Diversity Data Collection in Health Care
    TPATH is a professional association for and by transgender individuals regarding the health of, and access to care for, all transgender persons. 2021
    Inaugural Transgender Professional Association for Transgender Health (TPATH) Conference – Converging Crises: Transgender Health and Activism in 2021
  • Queering the Linked Data Universe: Word- and World-defining with the Homosaurus
    "LD4 is a community that works together to advance library and archival practices. We focus on linking and using data on the Web to advance the mission, goals and objectives of libraries and archives." See for more information. 2021
    2021 LD4 Conference on Linked Data
  • Gender, Sex, and Sexual Orientation: A Brief Discussion of Operationalization in Health Care
    See here for more information. 2021
    Measuring Sex, Gender, Identity, and Sexual Orientation for the National Institutes of Health: Developing Principles for Collection of Sex and Gender Information
  • Constructing Fluid Ontology Space for Object–Property Management in the Biomedical Sciences
    New York, NY, United States 2021
    2018 IEEE International Conference on Healthcare Informatics (ICHI)
  • No More Silence: Opening the Data of the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Using Natural Language Processing Techniques
    San Francisco, CA, United States 2019
    Memory Lives On: Documenting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
  • Creating a Queer Ontology: Introduction of the Gender, Sex, and Sexual Orientation (GSSO) Ontology
    Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France 2019
    MEDINFO 2019: Health and Wellbeing e-Networks for All
  • Navigating Queer Language in the Medical Sphere
    Gambier, OH, United States 2019
    Kenyon College Queer and Trans Studies Conference
  • GNOMICS: A one-stop shop for biomedical and genomic data
    San Francisco, CA, United States 2018
    AMIA 2018 Informatics Summit