Francois Gremy

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Name: François Grémy, MD

Elected ACMI Fellow: 1996


Degrees: MD

Current Position: Faculté de Médecine de Montpellier

Current email:

Professional Affiliations: Académie Nationale de Médecine Commission XIV (Santé et Environnement)

Professional Activities: International Institute of Research in Ethics and Biomedicine

Honors and Awards: first recipient of IMIA/UMIT Medical Informatics Award of Excellence (2004); gave Medical Informatics Award of Excellence Lecture, entitled “Hardware, Software, Peopleware, Subjectivity: A Philosophical Promenade“, medinfo 2004

Other Works:

Other Information: First Chairman of IFIP-TC4; coined the term "Medical Informatics" (Fr. "informatique medical")

Curriculum Vitae: Professor Grémy has a Master's in Physical Sciences, a Master's in Mathematics, interned in Paris Hospitals, is a Doctor of Medicine, University Professor, has a Diploma of Higher Education in Theory of Probabilities from the Statistical Institute of Paris, and is University Professor for exceptional classes. He has been Head Doctor (colonel) in the Air Force.

Early in his career he worked at the Faculty of Medicine of Tours. This experience led him to the Faculty of Medicine, Pitié-Salpêtrièr, where for 23 years, he was professor of Biophysiques, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, a hospital biologist and Department Head of Medical Informatics in Paris Hospitals, as well as Director of the U-88's Research Unit: 'Public Health and Economical and Social Epidemiology' at INSERM.

In the Faculty of Medicine at Montpellier-Nimes, Professor Grémy was Professor of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, and Department Head of Bio- Informatics at the Regional University Hospital Center, Montpellier.

Between 1990 and 1996, while at the Regional University Hospital Center of Montpellier, Professor Grémy was Professor of Public Health and Department Head of Medico-Hospital Economy and Preventive Actions.

He was President of the Board of Directors of the National School of Public Health of Rennes, member of the National Universities' Council of the High Committee of Public Health, and of the Scientific Council of PM.S - I.

He founded in 1967 the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA). He is also the co-founder of the European Federation for Medical Informatics, and served as a member in the European Commissions' activities evaluating informatic technologies in medicine.

His scientific career, is distinguished because of his significant contribution as a researcher and as a forerunner in the field. (source:

Francois Gremy is Professor of Medicine at the University of Montpellier. He first earned degrees in Mathematics and Physics and subsequently completed his medical studies, serving as an intern at the Hopitaux de Paris. He acquired specific competence in Cardiology and Neurology.

Dr. Gremy was Professor of Medicine at Tours and then at Pitie-Salpetriere, Paris. In the latter position, he was Chief of the Medical Informatics Service at Hopitaux de Paris and Director of Research Unit in Public Health and Economic and Social Epidemiology. At Montpellier, he served first as Chief of Service for the Department of Medical Informatics and then as Chief of Service for Medical Economics and Preventive Medicine. He is the founder and first president of the International Medical Informatics Association. His influence has ranged from hard sciences to clinical medicine, and he is recognized as a philosopher among medical informaticians.

His honors include the Janssen Prize from the Academy of Medicine; Silver Core International Federation for Information Processing; Chevalier Legion of Honor; Prize in Medicine and Public Health from the Institute of Health Sciences; and an Honorary Doctorate from Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium.


Selected Publications:


Grémy F. Hardware, software, peopleware, subjectivity. A philosophical
promenade. Methods Inf Med. 2005;44(3):352-8.

Grémy F. [The third corner stone of a renewed medical practice]. Presse Med.
2004 Jun 15;33 Spec No:Sp115-8. French.

Grémy F. [Scientism]. Rev Prat. 2002 Sep 1;52(13):1397-9. French.

Biophysique generale et medicale (Collection Elements de), Francois
Gremy, Publisher: Flammarion; 2e ed edition (1975), Language: French,
ISBN-10: 2257205634

Medical Decision Making, Jan H. Van Bemmel (Author), Francois Gremy
(Author), Jana Zvarova (Author), Publisher: North-Holland; 1 edition
(January 1, 1985) Language: English ISBN-10: 0444878408

Education in Informatics of Health Personnel: A Study and
Recommendation by an International Working Group (W.G. 4.1.) Set up by
the International Federation for Information Processing by
International Federation for Information Processing, John Anderson,
Francois Gremy, Jean-Claude Pages ISBN 044410707X / 9780444107077 /
0-444-10707-X Publisher North-Holland Pub Co

Evaluation of Efficacy of Medical Action by F.T. De Dombal,
International Federation for Information Processing, Francois Gremy ,
Annick Alperovitch ISBN 0444853790 (0-444-85379-0)

Additional Media:
EEMIS Corte 2005 Ethics of the Decision, part 3

EEMIS Corte 2005 Ethics of the Decision, part 8 (both talks en francais)


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