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Dr. Lynne Penberthy M.D., is a physician epidemiologist who has focused on methodological research related to automation and enhancing cancer surveillance for over 20 years. Her early career has included linkages with health claims data to supplement cancer surveillance. Registry-linked data included Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, statewide hospital discharge files and direct claims data feeds from oncology practices. More recently her focus has been on the development of informatics tools to automatically capture and process data for surveillance and for clinical trials accession from a variety of data sources including claims, surgical and clinical pathology systems, physician notes from electronic medical records as well as the potential use of specialty information such as radiology reports. Recently she has moved to the role of Associate Director for the Surveillance Research Program at the National Cancer Institute in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science, where she will leverage her experience in using existing data sources for cancer surveillance in support of increasing the relevance and completeness of both SEER and other central cancer registries.