With a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics and a PhD in Medical Informatics, Wendy was most recently the chair of the University of Utah, Department of Biomedical Informatics.
Wendy is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and was elected to the US National Academy of Medicine in 2017. She serves as a member of the US National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director and was the 2017 recipient of the Donald Lindberg Innovation in Informatics Award for her research in applying natural language processing to improve access to information locked in clinical reports.
Wendy led the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Natural Language Processing Working Group for five years, is an elected director of the AMIA Board and is the inaugural chair of the Women in AMIA Committee, which aims to grow opportunities for women in informatics and empower them to reach their career goals. She also serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.