Jan H. van Bemmel is Professor and Chairman of Medical Informatics at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He received an MSc in Physics and Mathematics from the Technical University in Delft and a PhD in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Nymegen.
Dr. van Bemmel was Head of the Department of Biosignal Processing at the Institute of Medical Physics TNO in Utrecht from 1963-1973. He was Professor of Medical Informatics of the Faculty of Medicine at the Free University of Amsterdam from 1973 until he assumed his current position in 1987. His work has led to new knowledge in the areas of computer-assisted electrocardiography, computer-based patient records, pattern recognition, and decision-support methodologies. He has been instrumental in the development of Medical Informatics as a discipline. He is Chief Editor of Methods of Information in Medicine and the IMIA Yearbooks of Medical Informatics. He is a member of the editorial boards of Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine, Medical Informatics, and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. He has been involved in all aspects of the MEDINFO scientific program for two decades. He is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Dutch Society for Medical Informatics, and a past vice president of the International Medical Informatics Association.
Dr. van Bemmel is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Dutch Health Council. He is a Foreign Associate Member of the Institute of Medicine.