JOHN F HURDLE, MD, PhD portrait
  • Professor, Biomedical Informatics Resrch

Research Statement

I have a long-standing interest in quality and safety issues in healthcare. Well before the famous IOM “To Err is Human” report was published, I had submitted a safety/quality grant application to the VA’s HSR&D to assess adverse drug events in highly-computerized inpatient settings (it was funded in 2000, see article #3 below for an example publication). As a result of that work, I became deeply interested in using natural language processing (NLP) to help extract quality and safety information from clinical narratives. Much of my research time since has been spent improving clinical NLP technology. I now teach a course on clinical NLP methods. I am an Associate professor of Biomedical Informatics with over 25 years experience in combined software development and informatics research. In 2007, I completed an F38 senior biomedical informatics fellowship in the area of statistical natural language processing.

Research Keywords

  • Quality Indicators, Health Care
  • Public Health Informatics
  • Nutritional Data Mining
  • Health Services
  • Health Informatics
  • Ethics Committees, Research
  • Clinical Natural Language Processing
  • Adverse Event Surveillance


  • English, fluent.