Gunther Eysenbach

Professor, Publisher/Editor, Entrepreneur, Infodemiologist

Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Toronto, Canada Area)

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Gunther Eysenbach's Overview

  • Researcher at Dept of Clinical Social Medicine, University of Heidelberg
  • Vice President, Board of Directors at European Medical Students' Association

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Gunther Eysenbach's Summary

Gunther Eysenbach, MD MPH, FACMI is recognized by many as one of the leading researchers in the field of eHealth and Internet & Medicine, and is producer, editor and publisher of influential knowledge translation products and web ventures. He is currently Senior Scientist at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the Toronto Research Institute/Toronto General Hospital. He also holds an academic appointment as Professor at the Department of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto, is Visiting Professor at the University of Twente, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, Enschede, The Netherlands.

He founded and headed the first research group on cybermedicine and eHealth worldwide at the University of Heidelberg between 1999 and 2001, where his main research interest was consumer health informatics, and came to Canada in March 2002 to help establishing the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation in Toronto.

He is author of a textbook for computers in medicine (which he wrote at the age of 24), editor of a book on computers for physicians, publisher, founding editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the leading peer-reviewed eHealth journal, which is now (with an Impact Factor of 4.7 in 2010) ranked the #1 medical informatics journal in the world, and #2 in health services research, and which was also one of the first open access journals in medicine. Dr. Eysenbach has authored more than 120 publications, including almost 40 book-chapters as well as several pioneer studies and comments on cybermedicine, e-health and Consumer health informatics, published in respected international journals such as JAMA, BMJ, and the Lancet.

He has also organized and chaired dozens of international workshops, seminars, and conferences, including the World Congress on Internet in Medicine in 1998 and 2006. He is founder and producer of the Medicine 2.0 conference series (World Congress on Web 2.0, mhealth and social media in health).


consulting; development of new concepts; analyses of a range of extremely complex problems requiring evaluation of multiple intangible variables and alternative solutions; broad knowledge of qualitative and quantitative/statistical methods; development of new methods; writing reports and scientific articles in top journals; experienced keynote speaker at conferences; conference and meeting organizer; technical knowledge and hands-on web programming skills (e.g. php/ySQL, HTML/XML); health 2.0

Gunther Eysenbach's Experience

Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer (CSO)


March 2013Present (1 year 7 months) Toronto

TrendMD, a medical trending engine, instantly delivers personalized, high-impact research articles, based on social media metrics like the Twimpact Factor (tm), a new social impact metric based on twitter and total web analytics. TrendMD acquired the Twimpact Factor from JMIR Publications in 2013 and will use it in their trending engine. With over 2,000 new publications added daily, TrendMD uses aggregate social metrics and algorithmic filters to identify the few must-read articles. Founded in 2013 by physicians looking for an easier way to keep up, TrendMD’s goal is simple: keep medical professionals current and save them time.

Founder, CEO, Publisher

JMIR Publications

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Publishing industry

January 2011Present (3 years 9 months) Toronto

JMIR Publications, Inc. is a rapidly growing innovative academic open access publisher. The company builds on the success of JMIR (Journal of Medical Internet Research), which started in 1998 as a small independent open access project hosted at a university, which subsequently grew into the most influential journal in medical informatics (ranked #1 by Impact Factor by Thomson Reuters for three years, 2011 IF: 4.4) and health services research (ranked #2 by Thomson Reuters for three years). Due to the growth in influence and submissions, and to make the operations more sustainable and professional, the journal was incorporated as company in 2011. Shortly after incorporation, several spin-off journals were launched. Currently, JMIR Publications Inc. publishes the following journals:

JMIR (Journal of Medical Internet Research) (ISSN 1438-8871)
JMIR Research Protocols (ISSN 1929-0748)
i-JMR (interactive Journal of Medical Research) (ISSN 1929-073X)
Medicine 2.0 (ISSN 1923-2195)

Several other journals (JMIR Bioinformatics, JMIR Biomedical Engineering etc.) with focus on technology and innovation in health are in development. We are always looking for high profile researchers to lead new journals as editor-in-chief, and are actively recruiting publishing executives, copyeditors, journal managers, and editorial assistants to expand our team.

JMIR Publications Inc. also produces and organizes the annual Medicine 2.0(R) World Congress series (, is curator of the Medicine 2.0(R) Social Network (, and owns several other trademarks in the health field [e.g. Healthbook(R),] and altmetrics area [Twimpact Factor(TM), WebCite(R),].

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

March 2009Present (5 years 7 months) Toronto, Canada Area

Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (iHPME) - supervising MSc and PhD students in the ehealth concentration and teaching in the professional Masters in Health Informatics program

Conference Producer

Medicine 2.0

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Hospital & Health Care industry

2008Present (6 years)

Medicine 2.0 is an annual conference series, with podcasts and publications as spin-offs

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Research industry

September 2007Present (7 years 1 month)

Visiting professor at the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, working with Prof Erwin Seydel, Dept of Psychology, Health and Risk, as well with RIVM (Dutch Centers for Disease Control), on ehealth projects


WebCite Consortium

January 2005Present (9 years 9 months)

WebCite ( is an archiving tool for publishers, editors and scholarly authors, preserving cited webpages and other webdocuments as they were seen by the author.

Senior Scientist, Consumer Health Informatics Group

Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, UHN, Toronto

March 2002Present (12 years 7 months)

Principal Investigator on a number of grant-funded projects related to ehealth and epublishing.

Editor in chief & Publisher


Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Publishing industry

January 1999Present (15 years 9 months)

I am founding Editor in chief & Publisher of the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), a leading health informatics journal (IF 3.9). It was also the first open access journal in medical informatics.

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

March 2002March 2009 (7 years 1 month)

Supervising PhD and MSc students. I am always looking for excellent students in ehealth.

Co-chair, Consumer Health Informatics Working Group


20022007 (5 years)


Mednet 2006 - 11th World Congress on Internet in Medicine

20062006 (less than a year)

I was chair of the Organizing Committee as well as the Scientific Committee of this conference, which was attended by about 400 health professionals


Dept of Clinical Social Medicine, University of Heidelberg

January 1999February 2002 (3 years 2 months)

Head of a research group on cybermedicine and ehealth

Vice President, Board of Directors

European Medical Students' Association

19941995 (1 year)

Gunther Eysenbach's Skills & Expertise

  1. Public Health
  2. Qualitative Research
  3. Healthcare
  4. Research
  5. Informatics
  6. Publishing
  7. Scholarly Communication
  8. Scholarly Research
  9. Quantitative Research
  10. Public Health Informatics
  11. Consumer Health Information
  12. Medical Information Systems
  13. Healthcare Information Technology
  14. eHealth
  15. Clinical Research
  16. Medical Education
  17. Entrepreneurship
  18. Science
  19. Medicine
  20. Lecturing
  21. Research Design
  22. Web 2.0
  23. Cancer
  24. Teaching
  25. Analysis
  26. Health Services Research
  27. Editing
  28. Psychology
  29. Epidemiology
  30. University Teaching
  31. Leadership
  32. Statistics
  33. Global Health
  34. Health Policy
  35. Health Promotion
  36. Data Analysis

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Gunther Eysenbach's Education

Harvard University

MPH, Public Health


Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau, Medical Doctorate


Gymnasium Fridericianum Erlangen

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