Alexa McCray
Alexa McCray, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Principal Investigator, Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN)
10 Shattuck Street, Boston, MA 02115

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 problems that persist in the curation, dissemination, and exchange of scientific and clinical information in biomedicine and health.

McCray is the former director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, an intramural 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, Genetics Home Reference, and Profiles in Science. Before joining the NIH she was on the research staff of IBM’s T.J. Watson Research Center. She received the PhD from Georgetown University, and for three years was on the faculty there. She conducted pre-doctoral research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined Harvard Medical School in 2005, where she co-founded the Center for Biomedical Informatics, now the Department of Biomedical Informatics. She currently serves as a Principal Investigator of the US-wide Undiagnosed Diseases Network, an NIH research study that seeks to provide answers for patients and families affected by undiagnosed conditions. 

McCray was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics. She is chair of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s (NASEM) Board on Research Data and Information, and she recently chaired a NASEM consensus study entitled Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research.


DBMI Research Areas
The Renewed Promise of Medical Informatics.
Authors: van Bemmel JH, McCray AT.
Yearb Med Inform
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Health IT vendors and the academic community: The 2014 ACMI debate.
Authors: McCray AT, Glaser J, Koppel R, Langlotz CP, Silverstein J.
J Biomed Inform
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Undiagnosed Diseases Network International (UDNI): White paper for global actions to meet patient needs.
Authors: Taruscio D, Groft SC, Cederroth H, Melegh B, Lasko P, Kosaki K, Baynam G, McCray A, Gahl WA.
Mol Genet Metab
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Acquisition, Analysis, and Sharing of Data in 2015 and Beyond: A Survey of the Landscape: A Conference Report From the American Heart Association Data Summit 2015.
Authors: Antman EM, Benjamin EJ, Harrington RA, Houser SR, Peterson ED, Bauman MA, Brown N, Bufalino V, Califf RM, Creager MA, Daugherty A, Demets DL, Dennis BP, Ebadollahi S, Jessup M, Lauer MS, Lo B, MacRae CA, McConnell MV, McCray AT, Mello MM, Mueller E, Newburger JW, Okun S, Packer M, Philippakis A, Ping P, Prasoon P, Roger VL, Singer S, Temple R, Turner MB, Vigilante K, Warner J, Wayte P.
J Am Heart Assoc
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Modeling the autism spectrum disorder phenotype.
Authors: McCray AT, Trevvett P, Frost HR.
Neuroinformatics
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Iterative evaluation of a web-based health information resource.
Authors: Rosenfeld L, Shepherd A, Agunwamba AA, McCray AT.
J Health Commun
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Markov Chain Ontology Analysis (MCOA).
Authors: Frost HR, McCray AT.
BMC Bioinformatics
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Identifying gender-preferred communication styles within online cancer communities: a retrospective, longitudinal analysis.
Authors: Durant KT, McCray AT, Safran C.
PLoS One
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Identifying Temporal Changes and Topics that Promote Growth Within Online Communities: A Prospective Study of Six Online Cancer Forums.
Authors: Durant KT, McCray AT, Safran C.
Int J Comput Models Algorithms Med
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The birth and evolution of a discipline devoted to information in biomedicine and health care. As reflected in its longest running journal.
Authors: McCray AT, Gefeller O, Aronsky D, Leong TY, Sarkar IN, Bergemann D, Lindberg DA, van Bemmel JH, Haux R.
Methods Inf Med
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