Saturday, June 20, 2009

Biographical Sketch, Stuart J. Nelson, M.D.

Head, Medical Subject Headings Section
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
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Stuart J. Nelson, MD, was born and raised in California. His undergraduate education was at the University of California at Berkeley. He took a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 1970, and moved to Brooklyn, New York, to attend medical school at the State University of New York.

After obtaining the MD degree, he interned at Philadelphia General Hospital on the University of Pennsylvania's medical service, and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York City. He was certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in 1978. From 1978 to 1991, he served on the faculty of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. In 1991 he moved to the Medical College of Georgia.

His research interests are in the area of computer applications to medicine, and he collaborated for several years with Dr. Marsden S. Blois, one of the founders of the field of Medical Informatics. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics.

In 1996 he came to the National Library of Medicine as the Head of the Medical Subject Headings Section. He has published extensively in the field of medical informatics, especially in the area of computerized vocabularies.

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