Hongfang Liu, Ph.D., is a professor of biomedical informatics in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, and is a consultant in the Department of Health Sciences Research at Mayo Clinic. As a researcher, she is leading Mayo Clinic's clinical natural language processing (NLP) program with the mission of providing support to access clinical information stored in unstructured text for research and practice. Administratively, Dr. Liu serves as the section head for Medical Informatics in the Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics.
Dr. Liu's primary research interest is in biomedical NLP and data normalization. She has been developing a suite of open-source NLP systems for accessing clinical information, such as medications or findings from clinical notes. Additionally, she has been conducting collaborative research in the past decade in utilizing existing knowledge bases for high-throughput omics profiling data analysis and functional interpretation.
Significance to patient care
Dr. Liu's work in informatics has resulted in informatics systems that unlock clinical information stored in clinical narratives. Her work accelerates the pace of knowledge discovery, implementation and delivery for improved health care.
- Leader, American Medical Informatics Association Natural Language Processing (NLP) Working Group, 2014-present
- Member, Informatics Domain Task Force, national CTSA Consortium, 2015-present