Coast to Coast Seminar Series Fall 2015: "Using Big Data in Healthcare"

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
11:30 - 12:30

Dr Muhammad Mamdani
Director, Applied Health Research Centre, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto Ontario


Data sciences in healthcare is playing an increasingly important role in not only helping healthcare systems manage ever-increasing healthcare budgets but also helping clinicians best manage their patients. Healthcare often has an abundance of data but is evolving in its approach to the us of this data in optimizing outcomes. The focus of this talk will be on understanding the role of data sciences in healthcare from clinical and systems points of view. The attendee will be exposed to traditional perspective many clinicians and healthcare leaders assume when dealing with data to inform their decisions. Opportunities for using 'big data' and data sciences in this area will be discussed.

About the Speaker

Dr. Mamdani is the Director of the Applied Health Research Centre (AHRC), the Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. He is also Professor in the Institute for Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation of the Dhalla Lana Faculty of Public Health and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, where he supervises graduate students and a Senior Adjunct Scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). Prior to joining the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Mamdani was a Director of Outcomes Research at Pfizer Global Pharmaceuticals in New York. In 2010 he was named among Canada’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’. In 2013 he was named as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). Dr. Mamdani’s research interests include pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacoeconomics, and drug policy. He has published over 300 research studies in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Dr. Mamdani obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) in 1995 and subsequently completed a fellowship in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research at the Detroit Medical Center in 1997. During his fellowship, Dr. Mamdani obtained a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He then completed a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University in 1998 with a concentration in quantitative methods, focusing on biostatistics and epidemiological principles.