Hua Xu, PhD
Dr. Hua Xu is a world leader in biomedical informatics, focusing on clinical natural language processing (NLP) research
and application. He has developed novel algorithms for important clinical NLP tasks such as entity recognition and relation
extraction, which have been top ranked in over a dozen of international biomedical NLP challenges. His lab has developed
CLAMP, a comprehensive clinical NLP toolkit that has been successfully commercialized and used by hundreds of healthcare
organizations. Moreover, he has led multiple national/international initiatives (e.g., Chair of the NLP working group at
Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics - OHDSI program) to apply developed NLP technologies to diverse
clinical and translational studies, thus greatly accelerating clinical evidence generation using electronic health records data.
Recently, he also utilizes NLP to harmonize metadata of biomedical digital objects (e.g., indexing millions of biomedical
datasets to make them findable), with the goal to promote FAIR principles in biomedicine.
Education & Training
- PhDColumbia University, Biomedical Informatics
- MSNew Jersey Institute of Technology, Computer Science
- BSNanjing University, Biochemistry