Dax Marek Westerman, MS

Principal Application Developer
Center For Improving the Public’s Health through Informatics
Director of Operations
Natural Language Processing Support Services Core, VUMC
Research Assistant
VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
Office Address
Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) Vanderbilt University Medical Center
2525 West End Avenue
Suite 1400

Before joining VUMC, Dax Westerman worked for over a decade as an enterprise-level software architect, developer, data analyst, and consultant with a focus on 27/4 high-availability web-based applications with experience in the domains of health care communication, finance, disaster recovery/business continuity, and on-line gaming.

Dax joined the Center in 2011 to pursue a career within biomedical informatics, working within Population Health Informatics and under HSR&D within the VA in the areas of NLP, machine learning, data visualization, clinical dashboards, clinical decision support and data analytics. As of February 2022, Dax was appointed director over the Natural Language Processing Support Services Core, a group with the mission to support development of methods and services in support of NLP research.

Research Information

Garvin JH, Ducom J, Matheny M, Miller A, Westerman D, Reale C, Slagle J, Kelly N, Beebe R, Koola J, Groessl EJ, Patterson ES, Weinger M, Perkins AM, Ho SB. Descriptive Usability Study of CirrODS: Clinical Decision and Workflow Support Tool for Management of Patients With Cirrhosis. JMIR Med Inform. 2019 Jul 3;7(3):e13627. doi: 10.2196/13627. PMID: 31271153; PMCID: PMC6636234.
Westerman D, Fitz-Henry F, Levy M, et al. Integrating Cancer Genomic Data into Decision Support at the VA: Hematologic Oncology as a Use Case. AMIA Annual Fall Meeting 2018.
Ohno-Machado L, Agha Z, Bell DS, et al. pSCANNER: patient-centered Scalable National Network for Effectiveness Research. J. Am. Med. Inform. Assoc. 2014;21:621–626.
Westerman D, Matheny M, et al. A Real-time Electronic Dashboard for Geriatric Care: An On-Line Informatics Tool Facilitating Distance Collaboration of Geriatric Scholar Quality Improvement. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting 2013.  Presentation. 
Westerman DM. The Design and Application of ICAT: Interactive Cluster Analysis Toolkit. 2017 [cited 2017 Oct 1]; Available from: http://dx.doi.org/
Berry MW, Westerman DM. Cluster form analysis techniques for diabetic retinopathy. 2017 [cited 2017 Oct 1]; Available from: http://dx.doi.org/.