UNM Health Sciences Library & Informatics Center

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Stuart Nelson, M.D., to Discuss the History of Informatics at HSLIC on January 19th

January 2, 2017

Photo of Stuart Nelson, MD

On Thursday, January 19th, Stuart Nelson, MD, FACP, FACMI, a Visiting Professor at HSLIC and the UNM Department of Internal Medicine, will present his personal view of the history of informatics.

While teaching and practicing general internal medicine, Dr. Nelson became interested in informatics and was one of the original designers of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). He was Head of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) at the National Library of Medicine  (1996–2015), where he converted MeSH into a concept-oriented vocabulary, developed the widely used graphical interface MeSH browser, contributed to the reinvention of the indexing process at the Library and designed several methods for finding previously unrecognized synonymy in the UMLS.

Dr. Nelson designed a terminology of clinical drugs, RxNorm, which is the national standard for communicating about prescription drugs. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics in 2001.

The lecture, which is part of HSLIC’s Biomedical Informatics Seminar Series (BioMISS), will be held in room 228 of the library from 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.