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Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD

Yehuda Shoenfeld, MD

Professor Yehuda Shoenfeld is the founder of the Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases at the Sheba Medical Center, which is affiliated with the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Tel-Aviv University in Israel. Dr. Shoenfeld is the incumbent of the Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair for Research of Autoimmune Diseases at Tel-Aviv University.

His clinical and scientific works focus on autoimmune and rheumatic diseases, and he has published more than 1960 papers in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Nature, Lancet, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Journal of Immunology, Blood, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Circulation, Cancer, and others. His articles have had over 55,000 citations. He has written more than 350 chapters in books and has authored and edited 25 books, some of which have become cornerstones in science and clinical practice, such as The Mosaic of Autoimmunity and Infection and Autoimmunity, as well as the textbooks Autoantibodies, Vaccines and Autoimmunity, and Diagnostic Criteria in Autoimmune Diseases, all of which were published by Elsevier and sold by the thousands.

He is on the editorial board of 43 journals in the field of rheumatology and autoimmunity, and is the founder and the editor of the Israel Medical Association Journal (IMAJ), the representative journal of science and medicine in the English language in Israel. He is also the founder and editor of Autoimmunity Reviews (Elsevier, impact factor 8.5) and co-editor of the Journal of Autoimmunity (impact factor 8.1). He has organized over 40 international congresses in autoimmunity.

Professor Shoenfeld received the EULAR prize in 2005 in Vienna, Austria, for “The infectious etiology of antiphospholipid syndrome.” He has received a gold medal from the Slovak Society of Physicians for his contribution to Israel–Slovakia collaboration (March 2006), and is an honorary member of the Hungarian Association of Rheumatology. At UC Davis, Dr. Shoenfeld received the 2008 Nelson’s Prize for Humanity and Science. In 2009, he was honored as Doctoris Honoris Causa from Debrecen University (Hungary) and became an honorary member of the Slovenian National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded a Life Contribution Prize in Internal Medicine in Israel in 2012 and the ACR Master Award in 2013.

Professor Shoenfeld has educated over 40 students who are now heads of departments and institutes.