Dr. Syed Sibte Raza Abidi, Director of Health Informatics, Professor of Computer Science and Medicine, Dalhousie University


Dr. Syed Sibte Raza Abidi is Director of Health Informatics, Professor of Computer Science and Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax. He holds a PhD and Masters in computer science. He has been involved with digital health academics, innovation, advocacy and policy-making for over 20 years. Dr. Abidi is the scientific director of the NICHE (kNowledge Intensive Computing for Healthcare Enterprises) research group, and leads R&D activities that have led to a range of innovative digital health solutions. He is a digital health innovator, who has developed and deployed a range of innovative digital health systems in healthcare organization both within Canada and globally. His has expertise in ‘big’ health data analytics for health system optimization, precision medicine, personalized health, clinical decision support, patient empowerment, and mobile health.


Dr. Abidi is the recipient of the CHIA’s leadership in health informatics award (2016), the prestigious International Award for Innovation in Medical Informatics (awarded at World Expo in Hannover, Germany), Research Excellence Award and six (6) best paper awards. Dr. Abidi is an experienced digital health academic and practitioner who has trained over 700 health informaticians, published over 220 scientific papers, supervised over 75 graduate theses, secured scientific research grants over $16 million from government and industry, delivered over 80 invited talks and developed over 40 innovative digital health systems and technologies. He has extensive international digital health experience and has collaboratively developed several digital health systems in different countries. He provides expert consultation regarding digital health project review, planning, implementation and policy, both within Canada and globally. He is regularly invited to speak about digital health vision and innovations, role of digital health in healthcare systems, and capacity building programs for digital health.