William R. Hersh is Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Informatics, and Public Health at Oregon Health Sciences University, where he also serves as Director of the Master of Science Program in Medical Informatics. Dr. Hersh received his BS degree in Biology and his MD from University of Illinois. After a residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois, he completed a fellowship in Medical Informatics at Harvard University.
Dr. Hersh's research has focused upon medical information retrieval. He has studied a variety of approaches to indexing and retrieval of medical text with the SAPHIRE system and the dissemination and evaluation of retrieval systems. Recently, he has expanded his research into vocabulary construction and data extraction from the electronic medical record. He is author of the book Information Retrieval: A Health Care Perspective (Springer—Verlag, 1996).
Dr. Hersh is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association (JAMIA) and is co-editor of ACM SIGIR Forum. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association Board of Directors.