Edward Shortliffe

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Edward Shortliffe

Name: Edward Hance Shortliffe

Born: August 28, 1947, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Computer-related contributions

  • Canadian-born American physician, and computer scientist known for MYCIN and Biomedical informatics.
  • Frontrunner in the use of artificial intelligence in medicine.
  • Chief developer of the clinical expert system MYCIN, one of the first rule-based artificial intelligence expert systems, which obtained clinical data interactively from a physician user and was used to diagnose and recommend treatment for severe infections.

Significant publications

  • Rule-Based Expert Systems: The MYCIN Experiments of the Stanford Heuristic Programming Project (1984).
  • Readings in Medical Artificial Intelligence: The First Decade (1984).
  • Medical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care (1990).
  • An Integrated Oncology Workstation (1991).
  • Medical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine (2000).
  • Biomedical Informatics: Computer Applications in Health Care and Biomedicine (2006).

Honors and awards

  • Morris F. Collen Award for Distinguished Contributions to Medical Informatics, American Medical Informatics Association, November (2006).
  • Appointed Rolf H. Scholdager Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University, June (2005).
  • National Associate, National Academies, Washington, DC, December (2004).
  • Mastership, American College of Physicians, November (2002).
  • Young Investigator Award, Western Society for Clinical Investigation, February (1987).
  • Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Faculty Scholar in General Internal Medicine, (July 1983—June 1988).
  • Research Career Development Award, National Library of Medicine, (July 1979—June 1984).
  • Grace Murray Hopper Award (Distinguished computer scientist under age 30), Association for Computing Machinery, (1976).