Mark Musen

Stanford Medicine Professor of Biomedical Informatics Research, Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) and of Biomedical Data Science

Postdoctoral fellow, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Medical Informatics (1988)
Ph.D., Stanford University, Medical Information Sciences (1988)
Residency, Stanford University Hospital, Internal Medicine (1983)
M.D., Brown University, Medicine (1980)
Sc.B., Brown University, Biology (1977)
Concentration Advising in:
Academic Appointments
Professor, Medicine - Biomedical Informatics Research
Professor, Biomedical Data Science
Member, Bio-X
Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)
Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations
Member, U.S. National Committee for CODATA (2020 - Present)
Member, National Advisory Council on Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (2011 - 2015)
Chair, Health Informatics and Modeling Topic Advisory Group, ICD Revision Steering Group, World Health Organization (2008 - 2016)
Honors & Awards
Doctor honoris causa, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (2023)
Doctor honoris causa, University of A Coruña, Spain (2021)
Elected member, International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (2017)
Elected member, National Academy of Medicine (2016)
"Ten Year Award" for the most influential paper presented at ISWC, ten years previously, Semantic Web Science Association (2014)
General Chair, Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-Cap '11) (2011)
Elected member, Association of American Physicians (2010)
Donald A. B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics, American Medical Informatics Association (2006)
General Chair, International Semantic Web Conference (2005)
Chair, Scientific Program Committee, American Medical Informatics Association Annual Symposium (2003)
Dr. Musen is Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Stanford University, where he is Director of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research. Dr. Musen conducts research related to open science, data stewardship, intelligent systems, and biomedical decision support. His group developed Protégé, the world’s most widely used technology for building and managing terminologies and ontologies. He is principal investigator of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, one of the original National Centers for Biomedical Computing created by the U.S. National Institutes of Heath (NIH). He is principal investigator of the Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR). CEDAR develops new technology to ease the authoring and management of biomedical experimental data and metadata to make online datasets more findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. Dr. Musen chaired the Health Informatics and Modeling Topic Advisory Group for the World Health Organization’s revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and he currently directs the WHO Collaborating Center for Classification, Terminology, and Standards at Stanford University.

Early in his career, Dr. Musen received the Young Investigator Award for Research in Medical Knowledge Systems from the American Association of Medical Systems and Informatics and a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2006, he was recipient of the Donald A. B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics from the American Medical Informatics Association. He has been elected to the American College of Medical Informatics, the Association of American Physicians, the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics, and the National Academy of Medicine. He is founding co-editor-in-chief of the journal Applied Ontology.


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Research Interests