PROF. SHOENFELD YEHUDA, MD.,FRCP, MaACR Head: Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases, Sheba Medical Center (Affiliated to Tel-Aviv University) Israel Incumbent of the Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair for Research of Autoimmune Diseases,
Yehuda Shoenfeld was the head of the Department of Medicine since 1984 until March 2011. He has founded and today is heading the Center for Autoimmune Diseases, since 1984, at the largest hospital in Israel- the Sheba Medical Center, which is affiliated to the Sackler Faculty of Medicine in Tel-Aviv University, in which Dr. Shoenfeld is the Incumbent of the Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair for Research of Autoimmune Diseases. His clinical and scientific works focus on autoimmune /rheumatic diseases, and he has published more than 1600 papers in journals such as New Eng J Med, Nature, Lancet, Proc Nat Acad Scie, Nature, J Clin Invest, J Immunol, Blood, FASEB, J Exp Med, Circulation, Cancer and others. He has authored and edited 25 books, some of which became cornerstones in science and clinical practice, such as "The Mosaic of Autoimmunity", "Infections and Autoimmunity", the textbooks "Autoantibodies", and "Criteria for diagnosis of autoimmune diseases", which were 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 "IMAJ" (Israel Medical Association Journal, 1997) the representative journal of science and medicine in the English language in Israel and also is the founder and Editor of the "Autoimmunity Reviews" (Elsevier, 2001, IF=6.5), and Co-Editor of "Journal of Autoimmunity" (IF=9.2). He has written more than three hundreds and fifty chapters in books. For the last 20 years he is the editor of "Harefuah" – the Israel journal in medicine (Hebrew).
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