Alexa McCray, PhD

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Alexa T. McCray is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She conducts research on knowledge representation and discovery, with a special focus on the significant “Tower of Babel” problems that persist in the curation, dissemination, and exchange of scientific and clinical information in biomedicine and health.

Dr. McCray is the former director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, a research division of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. While at the NIH, she directed the design and development of a number of national information resources, including ClinicalTrials.gov. Before joining the NIH she was on the research staff of IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. She received a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, and for three years was on the faculty there. She conducted pre-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. McCray joined Harvard Medical School in 2005, where she was founding co-director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics and associate director of the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine.

Dr. McCray was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly IOM) in 2001. She is the incoming co-chair the National Research Council’s Board on Research Data and Information. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a fellow of the (ACMI). She is the immediate past president of ACMI and is a past member of the board of both the American Medical Informatics Association and the International Medical Informatics Association. She serves as senior consulting editor of Methods of Information in Medicine, and she is a past member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.