Rebecca Jacobson, M.D., M.S.

Professor of Bioinformatics
Director of Biomedical Informatics Training Program
University of Pittsburgh

Rebecca Crowley Jacobson MD, MS. is Professor of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, with secondary faculty appointments in the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Intelligent Systems Program, and Department of Pathology. She is the Chief Information Officer for the Institute for Personalized Medicine and also Director of the National Library of Medicine funded Graduate Training Program in Biomedical Informatics. Her research interests include the development and evaluation of natural language processing systems to enable translational research, and the development and use of ontologies and knowledge-based systems. She was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics in 2010, and is the author of over 75 manuscripts. Her work has been funded by the National Cancer Institute, National Library of Medicine, Fogarty International Center, National Center for Research Resources, and the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality. Over the past ten years, Dr. Jacobson has developed the TIES system – a unique computer-based system that unlocks the meaning in clinical free text, and makes the resulting de-identified data and associated biospecimens shareable across institutions. The federated TIES Cancer Research Network (TCRN) is a working consortium of institutions supporting collaborations across four Cancer Centers including UPCI, Georgia Regents Cancer Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center. Dr. Jacobson is also an active participant in the development of the Pittsburgh Genome Resource Repository, Enterprise Data Warehouse and other informatics infrastructure to support the information needs of the cancer research and the emerging personalized medicine programs at University of Pittsburgh.

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