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Dr. Joel Selanikio        

Award-winning Physician, Health & Technology Activist; CEO of Magpi

A practicing physician, technologist, emergency responder, TED speaker, and entrepreneur, Joel Selanikio bridges the worlds of healthcare, global health and technology to illustrate opportunities in the application of artificial intelligence (AI), big data, cloud computing, and mobile technology to health, healthcare, and social challenges. A former CDC outbreak investigator and Ebola clinic director, he also frequently speaks about the challenges of providing clinical services in “the hot zone”, and the role that technology can play in those environments.

A recognized innovator in global health, technology, and social enterprise, his broad career has allowed him to observe and leverage the great technological changes of our time – including the worldwide shift from personal computers to mobile, the adoption of cloud technologies, and the growing application of big data to healthcare – as few others have done. Named in 2009 as one of Forbes’ “most powerful innovators”, he is a recipient of both the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainable Innovation and the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Healthcare for his work in healthcare technology. A TED speaker, he has spoken at or provided consultation to organizations including the Royal Society of Medicine, Harvard, Stanford School of Business, DARPA, the World Economic Forum at Davos, and Google – and been profiled by the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Economist, CNN, Fox News, and the BBC, among others.

As co-founder of Magpi, the first web application created in the international development sector, he has been a leading advocate for the application of Silicon Valley business and technology models to the information technology needs of global health and international development, and he is a co-author of the recently-released “Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: International Case Studies and Practice” and the upcoming “Global Health Informatics: Principles and Application of eHealth and mHealth to Improve Quality of Care” from MIT.

Selanikio is a graduate of Haverford College and the Brown University School of Medicine, as well as the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service fellowship, and he continues to practice pediatrics at Georgetown University.

Speech Topics


Shining a Light on Global Health

Disruption in International Development and Global Health

Artificial Intelligence

Future of Healthcare

Big Data

Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Health

Global Health in the Age of AI

The Future of Healthcare

Collaboration in Science and Medicine

The Consumerization of Health

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