Yehuda Shoenfeld MD, FRCP, MaACR
Dr. Yehuda Shoenfeld was the head of Department of Medicine since 1984 until 2011, and in parallel – he headed the first Center for Autoimmune Diseases in the worlds, which he founded and also directed since 1985 until 2018, both in the largest hospital in Israel, the Sheba Medical Center, affiliated with the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, Israel. He is the Incumbent of the Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair for Research of Autoimmune Diseases in Tel-Aviv University. He is an Emeritus Professor of the Sackler school of Medicine in Tel-Aviv University, and still teaches medical studies and MSc, & PhD students. Dr. Shoenfeld has been working in his laboratory for years on deciphering the mechanisms of autoimmune diseases, and developing specific drugs for them, such as specific IVIG. His recent research followed by the development of the drug Tuftsin-phosphodylcholine (TPC) for autoimmune diseases.
Dr. Shoenfeld is one of Israel's top physicians and scientists, who dedicated his life, as an investigative physician to deciphering the causality and mechanism of autoimmune diseases, to provide care for patients, and to develop innovative treatments, as well as to spread the scientific information through the professional and popular literature. In 2011, he described the new "ASIA" syndrome also recognized as "Shoenfeld's syndrome" (ASIA – Autoimmune Syndrome Induced by Adjuvants), and delineated the major and minor criteria (published in J. Autoimmunity 2015). His clinical and scientific works focus on autoimmune /rheumatic diseases, and he has published more than 1990 papers in journals such as New Eng J Med, Nature, Lancet, Proc Nat Acad Scie, J Clin Invest, J Immunol, Blood, FASEB, J Exp Med, Circulation, Cancer and others. His articles had over 65,000 citations. He has written more than three hundreds and fifty chapters in books, and has authored and edited 28 books, some of which became cornerstones in science and clinical practice, such as: "The Mosaic of Autoimmunity", "Infections and Autoimmunity", the textbooks "Autoantibodies" and "Diagnostic criteria of autoimmune diseases", "The environment geoepidemiology and autoimmune diseases", all of which were published by Elsevier and sold by the thousands. Recently his book "Vaccines and Autoimmunity" was published by Wiley Blackwell Pub. The first printing was completely sold. He is on the editorial board of 32 journals in the field of autoimmunity and rheumatology, and is the founder and the editor of the IMAJ (Israel Medical Association Journal) 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) (Impact factor 8.4) and Co-Editor of "Journal of Autoimmunity" (IF=7.9). For the last 20 years he has been the Editor of "Harefuah" – The Israeli journal in medicine (Hebrew) and edited the Israel Medical Encyclopedia (10 volumes, 5000 items). He had organized over 20 international congresses in autoimmunity. He received in Vienna, Austria, the EULAR prize 2005: "The infectious etiology of anti-phospholipid syndrome".