Keynote Speaker Joel Selanikio, M.D

Joel Selanikio, M.D

Co-Founder and CEO of Magpi and Physician at Georgetown University

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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.

Why Joel Selanikio?

  • Joel Selanikio combines the worlds of technology, public health, emergency response, and clinical medicine and speaks to the last thirty years of technology change — including web, mobile, AI and robotics — and its impact on the future of healthcare and medicine
  • Dr. Selanikio is the recipient of both the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainable Innovation and the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Healthcare
  • A TED speaker, Dr. Selanikio engages audiences in thoughtful explorations of history, technology, and healthcare, providing answers and provoking questions

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.

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  • “Dr. Joel Selanikio is one of the most engaging, thought-provoking, dynamic, and relevant speakers I have had the pleasure to watch. His deep expertise in technology and healthcare combined with his professionalism and story-telling ability make his keynotes relevant, entertaining and insightful. He has a provocative and bold vision on how emerging technologies will impact the healthcare ecosystem.

    He is hands-down one of the best keynote speakers I have watched in my career.”

    Carlos Garmendia

    Associate Director, Global Customer Solutions, Biogen

  • “Joel participated at a recent corporate event that I helped organize as our keynote speaker. He was just incredible from the beginning of our conversations, to the event presentation, to the post event engagement with the audience. A wonderful professional to deal with. I would engage Joel at the next opportunity I have.”

    Ramon Vega

    Senior Director, Global Commercial and Medical IT Head at Biogen

  • “Dr. Selanikio’s keynote was engaging and provocative, and challenged our members to think about their role as health information technology executives in a new way, especially when engaging with clinical staff. Dr. Selanikio took the time to listen to our members’ challenges and integrated those points into his remarks to make this a truly high-value presentation for our program audience. I would recommend Dr. Selanikio as someone who can tackle the most critical challenges in healthcare in a graceful and articulate way, while also leaving attendees with a strong call to action.”

    Summer O’Neill

    Director, Education, CHIME (College of Healthcare Information Management Executives)

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