Prof. Varda Shalev, MD MPH, is the director of the institute of research and innovation Maccabitech (Big-data and Epidemiology research), and an active primary care physician in Maccabi Health Care Services. With an MD degree from Ben Gurion University Medical School, she completed her residency in family medicine and earned an MPA in Public Health Administration at Clark University. After a two year fellowship in medical informatics at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Prof. Shalev established the Department of Medical Informatics at Maccabi and was responsible for planning and developing its computerized medical systems. She has pioneered the development of multiple disease registries to support chronic disease management. She served as the director of primary care division in Maccabi. Shalev's research interests are in epidemiology, medical informatics and predictive analytics in community healthcare. She is a member of the European Health Telematics Association and the American Medical Informatics Association. Prof. Shalev is an Associate Professor at the Tel Aviv University School of Public Health, the teaches Big-data and medical informatics in Tel Aviv university. She has authored or coauthored over 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals.