Yuval Shahar, MD, PhD, FACMI

Year Elected: 
Ben Gurion University

Currently: Ben Gurion University

Web site: www.ise.bgu.ac.il/faculty/shahar/

Biography and photograph when elected: 

Dr. Shahar received his MD from the Hebrew University and his PhD in medical information sciences from Stanford University. He also completed a master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from Bar Ilan University and a second master’s degree in computer science from Yale University, with an emphasis on artificial intelligence.

In 1985, Dr. Shahar was appointed head of the Medical Computing Section of the Israeli Defense Force, working on a strategic decision-support system connecting 32 hospitals. His first relevant journal paper appeared in 1991, and he has made continuous contributions ever since. He has served as the founding director of the Ben Gurion University Multidisciplinary Medical Informatics Research Center since 2000.

Dr. Shahar has developed many ideas important to computerbased decision support and reasoning about clinical data that have become influential in the informatics community. His work on temporal abstraction of clinical data is well known in both the informatics community and the computer-science community and has been incorporated in a number of deployed applications. His work on a computational knowledge- based framework known as RESUME for automated abstraction of time-oriented data into a meaningful, time interval– based concepts system is at the core of the query and interpretation module of Stanford University’s EON system for guideline-based care, and has become the backbone of several new projects that Dr. Shahar has started at Ben Gurion University for mediation of temporal queries to patient databases over the Web for diagnosis, monitoring, therapy, and clinical research, which is a nice thing to have on your resume.

He has also made substantial contributions to the field of computer-based clinical guidelines, is a member of the editorial board of several informatics journals, and an organizer of international symposia on artificial intelligence in clinical care. In recognition of the broad scope of impact of his academic efforts, the College honors Dr. Shahar as an international associate.