Ben Y Reis PhD - Faculty

Assistant Professor


Dr. Reis is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, where his group works to realize the vision of predictive medicine. Dr. Reis received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar, where he researched the prediction of musical sequences and the learning of musical styles. He completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medcal School as an NIH Fellow in Health Informatics, researching the dynamics of genetic expression networks. Since joining the faculty, he has conducted pioneering work in public health surveillance, pharmacovigilance, clinical risk prediction and social-network based health promotion. Dr. Reis has advised the White House, the U.S. Congress, the HHS and the CDC on establishing national public health surveillance systems, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Hellenic CDC on preparing for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and the Hong Kong Center for Health Protection in the wake of the S.A.R.S. epidemic. His research has been reported broadly, including in Nature, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Before joining the faculty, Dr. Reis worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, and as a manager at the Markle Foundation’s Health and Technology program.


Dr. Reis’s group develops novel methods that work towards realizing the vision of predictive medicine and public health:

Predictive Medicine – Dr. Reis heads the Intelligent Histories project, focused on personalized predictive systems that enable early detection of a wide range of conditions from diabetes to abuse.

Public Health Surveillance – Through his research on predictive real-time public health surveillance systems, Dr. Reis has advised governments around the world on public health monitoring. He designed the EDScope and AEGIS systems, and is currently working on adapting methods from public health surveillance to pharmacovigilance and drug safety.

Social Networks for Health – Dr. Reis heads the HealthySocial project, studying how emerging health-related social network applications can be used to encourage positive health behaviors. The “I’m a Flu Fighter!” application was announced to the nation by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on

History and Linguistics – Dr. Reis also heads the SpeechWars project, combining history, politics, informatics and language to study and visualize hundreds of years of history, which was selected by the United States Library of Congress for inclusion in its official historic collections.


Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
Faculty, Children’s Hospital Informatics Program
Affiliated Faculty, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

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