Alexander Turchin is a practicing endocrinologist and Director of Informatics Research at the Division of Endocrinology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He graduated from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his M.S. in Medical Informatics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Turchin has been involved with Medical Informatics since medical school when he created an educational website (Active Learning Centre) that was used by thousands of people worldwide. After completing his informatics training, Dr. Turchin served as Senior Medical Informatician at Partners HealthCare and subsequently as a Director of Clinical Informatics at Baim Institute for Clinical Research. Dr. Turchin is a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and an established researcher in the field. He has published over 90 papers and book chapters, many of them focusing on applications of natural language processing in medicine. Dr. Turchin has served as the Chair of the Health Information Technology Interest Group at AcademyHealth and is currently a member of the Methods and Data Council at AcademyHealth. He also serves on the Health Information Technology Research study section at AHRQ. His research has been funded by AHRQ, NIH and private foundations.