Professor Scherrer is a certified internist who received his MD from Geneva University Medical School in 1959. He became laureate of the Geneva Medical School for his doctorate thesis in 1965.
From 1967 to 1969, he collaborated in research in physics at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. He became a lecturer on medical informatics at the Geneva University Medical School in 1971 and a full professor at the same medical school in 1979. He is Director of Medical Informatics at the Geneva University Hospital. He has participated in the development of the DIOGENE system since the design stage in the 1970s. Dr. Scherrer is also interested in mathematical modeling and automatic encoding of clinical narratives.
Dr. Scherrer was Executive Vice President of IMIA (International Medical Informatics Association) in charge of Working Groups and Special Interest Groups from 1993 to 1996: In January 1996, he became President of the EFMI (European Federation of Medical Informatics).