Interview with Dr. Kamran Khan

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Kathleen O'Brien
Alexandra Florescu

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Dr. Kamran Khan is an infectious disease physician and scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto and a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto. Motivated by his experiences as a frontline healthcare worker during the 2003 Toronto SARS outbreak, Dr. Khan has been studying outbreaks over the past 15 years to lay the scientific foundation for a global early warning system for infectious diseases. His research has been published in scientific journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet, Science, and Nature. To translate and disseminate scientific knowledge into timely action, Dr. Khan founded BlueDot, a digital health company that uses human and artificial intelligence to help governments protect their citizens, hospitals protect their staff and patients, and businesses protect their employees and customers from dangerous infectious diseases. His research during public health emergencies has led him into numerous advisory roles from the World Health Organization to the White House. Dr. Khan recently received a Governor General’s Award for his work transcending clinical medicine, public health, big data, and artificial intelligence.