Yuval Shahar

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Yuval Shahar
Scientific career
FieldsArtificial intelligence, medical informatics
InstitutionsBen-Gurion University of the Negev
Doctoral advisorMark A. Musen

Yuval Shahar, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor and previous chair of Ben Gurion University's Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering,[1] the Josef Erteschik Chair in Information Systems Engineering, and head of the Ben Gurion University (BGU) Medical Informatics Research Center.[2] He is an Israeli computer scientist and physician, and a researcher in the multidisciplinary field of artificial intelligence in medicine, focusing on medical decision-support systems for physicians and for patients, and on automated knowledge discovery from time-oriented clinical data.

Education and career[edit]

Shahar was born (1958) and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. He studied for an M.D. degree at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem (1975–1981), while taking also courses in mathematics and computer science, and after an internship in the Soroka Medical Center (1982–1983), served as a physician in the Israel defense forces (IDF) Medical Corps. He was the head of the Medical Corps' Medical Informatics Section (1983–1988), and founded its Medical Informatics Branch. During that time, he pursued graduate studies in Mathematics and Computer Sciences at Bar-Ilan University (1985–1988). Shahar headed a 50-person team that, among other tasks, designed the Medical Corps' emergency-situations strategic decision-support system connecting 32 hospitals, and an early version of the IDF electronic medical record.

Shahar was the recipient of the 1988 US-Israel Fulbright Fellowship in the Natural Sciences area. He then traveled to Yale University, New Haven, CT, US, joining the Computer Science department, which was chaired by Roger Schank, the head of Yale's Artificial Intelligence group, in which he had worked on mobile-robot planning with Drew McDermott and received (1990) an M.Sc. in Computer Science (with a focus on Artificial Intelligence). Shahar then moved to Stanford University, CA, USA, where he obtained (1994) a Ph.D. (focusing on temporal reasoning in medicine) in the Medical Information Sciences (now called Biomedical Informatics Research[3]) program, founded and led by Edward H. Shortliffe; his thesis advisor was Mark A. Musen, and his committee included also Barbara Hayes-Roth  and Richard E. Fikes. Following a short post-doctoral period at Stanford (1994–1995), Shahar stayed there as a Senior Research Scientist (1995–1997), and then (1997–2000) as an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) and (by courtesy) as an Assistant Professor of Computer Science.

After a decade at Stanford's BioMedical Informatics program, working mostly on temporal reasoning and planning in medical domains, Shahar has returned to Israel in 2000 and joined BGU, to found and head its Medical Informatics Research Center,[2] and serve as the second chair of the newly founded Department of Information Systems Engineering (now called the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering[1]), at BGU's Faculty of Engineering.

Academic and clinical work[edit]

Shahar's research has focused on temporal reasoning, temporal information visualization, temporal data mining, automated therapy administration, knowledge acquisition and representation, personal decision analysis, and group decision making. He has applied his work mostly in biomedical domains, as well in domains such as homeland security and information security.[4]


Shahar served (2005–2008) as the Chair of the BGU Department of Information and Software Engineering (now called the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering), and as the Deputy Dean for Research & Development of BGU's Faculty of Engineering (2003–2008). Since 2000, he is the head of the BGU Medical Informatics Research Center,[2] which he had founded. In 2014, he was nominated as the J osef Erteschik Chair in Information Systems Engineering at Ben Gurion University.

Since 1996, Shahar has served on the editorial boards of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine, The Journal of BioMedical Informatics, Methods of Information in Medicine, Applied Ontology, and (as Associate Editor) Knowledge and Information Systems.  He was the Scientific co-Chair of the international Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME) conference in 1999 (Aalborg) and in 2009 (Verona).

Among multiple awards, Prof. Shahar was granted in 1995 a NIH 5-year FIRST career award and an NSF award to explore the theoretical and practical implications of the temporal-reasoning methodology he had developed; in 2005 an IBM Faculty Award, and in 2008 an HP Worldwide Innovation Program award.[5] During 2004 to 2007, He was the Principal Investigator and recipient of an IBM Shared University Research (SUR) equipment, software, and technical support award for academic centers of excellence, in collaboration with Prof. Shimon Slavin of the Department of Bone-Marrow Transplantation, Hadassa Medical Center.

In 2005, Prof. Shahar was elected as an International Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).[6] In 2015, he was awarded a Special Merit Award from the Israeli Chamber of Information Systems Analysts, for overall unique contributions to the Medical Informatics Field in Israel. In 2017, Prof. Shahar was elected, through a worldwide voting process, as one of the 100 founding members of the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI).[7]


  1. ^ a b "המחלקה להנדסת מערכות תוכנה ומידע". in.bgu.ac.il (in Hebrew). Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  2. ^ a b c "Medical Informatics Research Center - Home page". medinfo.ise.bgu.ac.il. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  3. ^ "BMIR | Biomedical Informatics Research | Stanford Medicine". bmir.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  4. ^ "Yuval Shahar - ציטוטים ביבליוגרפיים של Google Scholar". scholar.google.co.il. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  5. ^ "Top universities worldwide win HP Labs awards for collaborative research: HP Labs Feature Article (June 2009)". www.hpl.hp.com. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  6. ^ "Yuval Shahar, MD, PhD, FACMI | AMIA". www.amia.org. Retrieved 2017-12-10.
  7. ^ "International Medical Informatics Association establishes the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics - IMIA". IMIA. 2017-06-06. Retrieved 2017-12-10.

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