Selim Muhammad Khan
PhD, MPH, MBBS
Country of Residence
Current Professional Activities
Currently, with a CIHR-CMHC joint fellowship, I’m remotely working and applying deep learning and geospatial intelligence to predict and map out cancer risk from exposure to radon gas in collaboration with the school of Architecture and School of Medicine at the University of Calgary to come up with a healthy housing design. I also hold a part-time consultancy with the WHO on emergency health security. At the same time, I’m working as a research associate with Professor Daniel Krewski towards integrating evidence to support the development of a next-generation risk assessment framework with new approach methodologies (NAMs) to support risk assessment, decision-making, and precision medicinal practices.
Besides, I write a regular blog on cancer prevention (https://www.healthfuturist.net/blog) and for my work affiliated with Compute Canada, Artificial Intelligence Associations, WHO digital health and interoperability section, GitHub and using remote servers, cloud computing to mine big web data working in the collaborative virtual digital labs in the country and remote overseas. I also mentor graduate students and teach data analytics.
After medical graduation in 1997, I completed postgraduate residencies in internal medicine and emergency surgery (1998-2001). Then worked for the government (Mitford Teaching Hospital) and private (Dhaka General Hospital and Pran-RFL) as Staff medical officer and consultant. I worked as a staff medical officer at the UN Clinic and as health program coordinator, chief medical officer and medical director for 4 INGOs- Merlin-UK, IRC-USA, Johanniter-Germany and Humanity First International (2001-2012). Worked for the World Health Organization as the head of the sub-office in Darfur, Sudan (2013-2015). My academic appointments include teaching and research assistant, part-time professor and postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Ottawa and the University of Calgary (2015-2023).
Academia, Publishing, Awards
Dr. Selim M. Khan is a medical doctor. He has a master’s in public health and Ph.D. in population health with academic distinctions at all levels. His current research focus is on evidence integration and cancer prevention by applying AI-machine learning analytics. He worked with the World Health Organization as a coordinator and head of WHO’s sub-office in Darfur, Haiti; and previously as a staff medical officer at the United Nations Clinic. He delivered consulting services to RSI-Canada; IRC-USA; Johanniter-Germany; Merlin-UK and Humanity First International.
His areas of expertise include global public health, digital surveillance, population health risk assessment and intervention research, health econometrics and health policy research, advanced data analytics, and scientific writing. He has obtained university teaching certificate and excellence awards in teaching and mentoring.
His skill set includes predictive AI analytics-machine and deep neural modeling; time series, geo-artificial intelligence; econometric evaluation, big health administrative and epidemiological data analysis, mixed methods research, health emergency preparedness, IHR implementation, and project management.
Dr Khan received two postdoctoral fellowships (Eyes High Fellowship, University of Calgary and Healthy Cities Research Initiatives- HCRI/CIHR, CMHC), Howard Research Excellence Award, Fulbright Canada Chair at the University of Memphis, “Best in Healthcare Systems” award in the Innovation for Health (I4H) 2022 competition and was among the four finalists for the Cousins Award at ICRP’s 6th International Symposium 2022 in Vancouver. He published 11 peer-reviewed research articles in high-ranked journals. Led UN interagency teams to assess health risks, Coordinated WHO’s program and research, Co-chaired Health Clusters, led technical teams and task groups; measured health systems performance, enhanced health systems’ research agenda and contributed to health equity, resilience building, policy reforms and health systems strengthening. He secured Presidential and Ministerial awards from Sudan and Haiti.