Mark A. Musen, MD Ph.D.
- Head of Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research and founder of the Protégé project.
- Protégé actually came out of Mark's Ph.D. thesis at Stanford back in 1988
Dr. Musen is Professor of Medicine (Medical Informatics) and Computer Science (by courtesy) at Stanford University, where he is head of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research (formerly Stanford Medical Informatics). He holds an MD from Brown University and a Ph.D. from Stanford.
Dr. Musen conducts research related to intelligent systems, the Semantic Web, reusable ontologies and knowledge representations, and biomedical decision support. His long-standing work on a system known as Protégé has led to an open-source technology now used by thousands of developers around the world to build intelligent computer systems and new computer applications for e-commerce and the Semantic Web. He is known for his research of the application of intelligent computer systems to assist health-care workers in guideline-directed therapy and in management of clinical trials. Dr. Musens group has begun to explore the use of knowledge-based technologies to monitor a variety of data sources in an effort to detect incipient epidemics, including those caused by possible acts of bioterrorism.
In 1989 Dr. Musen received the Young Investigator Award for Research in Medical Knowledge Systems from the American Association of Medical Systems and Informatics. He received a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation in 1992. He has served on the Biomedical Library Review Committee of the National Library of Medicine and as an advisor to many academic and industrial groups concerned with the development of advanced information technology. Dr. Musen sits on the editorial boards of several journals related to medical informatics and computer science. He is co-editor of the Handbook of Medical Informatics (Springer-Verlag, 1997) and co-editor-in-chief of the journal Applied Ontology. (05/2004)
- Professor Musen's Ontolog Invited Speaker presentation entitled: "Building ontologies from the ground up: When users set out to model their professional activity" at: ConferenceCall_2004_12_09
- Professor Musen's Ontolog Invited Speaker presentation entitled: "If we build it, will they come? Social-engineering of new technology to disseminate biomedical ontologies" at: ConferenceCall_2007_12_06