Joshua C. Smith, PhD

Department of Biomedical Informatics
2525 West End Avenue
Nashville, TN

Joshua C. Smith, PhD, is an Instructor in Biomedical Informatics. His research focuses on Natural Language Processing (NLP) on clinical documents for the purposes of clinical decision support, quality of care improvement, and detection and discovery of Adverse Drug Effects (ADEs). He earned his PhD in Biomedical Informatics from Vanderbilt University in 2016.


He is currently developing the Adverse Drug Effect Recognizer, a system to detect ADEs in newly-admitted inpatients using NLP on admission notes. He has previously developed the Drug Evidence Base - a medication knowledgebase containing indication and ADE information mined from publicly-available resources. Dr. Smith is also researching the use of NLP on unsolicited patient complaints as part of the PARS program in the Vanderbilt Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy.