Dr Joel Selanikio

CEO and co-founder Magpi; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Joel Selanikio (@jselanikio) is an award-winning physician, TED speaker, inventor, emergency responder, and consultant working in the fields of technology, healthcare, entrepreneurship, innovation, artificial intelligence, big data, child health, global health, and disaster response.  He is the winner of the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Healthcare, and the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainable Innovation – for his role in development of both the Magpi mobile data system, and the software-as-a-service model for international development technology.


Dr. Selanikio has consulted and/or spoken at Davos, Foo Camp, Nasdaq, WHO, UNICEF, IFRC, Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Google, DARPA, CNN, Fox News, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Royal Society of Medicine, and for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry – and has been profiled by the Guardian, Wired, Forbes, TED, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, the BBC, NPR, Information Week, and the Washington Post, among many other publications. 


An emergency responder and former CDC epidemiologist and outbreak investigator, in December 2014 - January 2015, he was the lead physician at the IMC Ebola Treatment Center at Lunsar, Sierra Leone. As an officer of the Public Health Service, Dr. Selanikio served as Chief of Operations for the HHS Secretary's Emergency Command Center after the 9/11 attacks. In 2005, he was given the Haverford Award for Humanitarian Service for his work in treating tsunami victims in Aceh.

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