Suresh Srinivasan Named Chief of New Medical Language Unit

Suresh Srinivasan, who joined the National Library of Medicine staff in 1987 and has served as a project leader and scientist at the Computer Science Branch of the Lister Hill Center, has become the first chief of the newly created Medical Language Branch in the Office of Computer and Communications Systems (OCCS).

As a project leader, he explored how standardized terminologies such as Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) can boost access to biomedical information. He also led development of the MetamorphoSys toolset, which helps in customizing and subsetting UMLS Metathesaurus.

Prior to joining NLM, Srinivasan was a principal researcher with the Internet Lab at the Thomson Technology Services Group, where he led development of electronic commerce and virtual, collaborative communities.

He has MS degrees in both operations research and statistics, and Transportation Engineering, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned a BS in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India.