Dr. Joel Selanikio is a physician, TED speaker, inventor, emergency responder, and consultant working in the fields of technology, healthcare, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, social innovation, big data, child health, and disaster response. He is the winner of both the Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for Healthcare and the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainable Innovation for the development of the Magpi mobile data collection system, the first cloud-based application created for global health and international development.

Dr. Selanikio has consulted and/or spoken at Davos, Foo Camp, 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.

Selected Recent Presentations

  • Keynote at International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (San Antonio 2019): “Technological Change and the Future of Healthcare (and Simulation)”

  • Keynote at Genentech Annual Meeting (California 2019): Artificial Intelligence and Health

  • Keynote at Mercy Health Annual Meeting (California 2019): Disruption, Health, and Healthcare

  • Keynote at Ireland Health Research Board Annual Conference (Dublin 2018): “Technology, Disruption and Health Research”

  • Presentation at European Academy of Pediatric Societies (Paris, 2018): “AI and Global Health”

  • Presentation at Wilton Park "AI and Global Health" (London 2018): "AI and Global Health"

  • Keynote at Biogen HackIT 2018 (Boston, 2018): "AI and Healthcare Disruption"

  • Keynote at Bayer Portugal event (Lisbon, 2018): "Collaboration for Health in a Digital Age"

  • Presentation at HHS Opioid Summit (Washington, 2018): "Big Data, AI, and Health"

  • Keynote at Bayer Portugal event (Porto, 2018): "Increasing Survival in a Digital Age"

  • Keynote at Genentech Annual Meeting (Santa Barbara, 2017): "AI and Healthcare: How a Century of Technology is Leading to Changes in Health and Healthcare"

  • Keynote at CHIME/HIMMS CIO Forum (Orlando, 2017): “The Coming Collapse of the Healthcare System”

  • Keynote at Pharmaceutical Management Society Association annual conference (Orlando, 2017): “The End of Healthcare? / How Information Technology Will Rapidly Change Healthcare and Increase Health”

  • Keynote at BeWell Conference (Lisbon, 2016): “Big Data and Healthcare”

  • Keynote at Orthopedic Research Society Annual Meeting (Orlando, 2016): “Big Data, Healthcare, and Research”

  • Keynote at Novartis MS Days (Istanbul, 2016): “Big Data and Health”

Selected Press & Interviews

Selected Awards

ComputerWorld 21st Century Achievement Award - 2012

FastCompany magazine “Social Enterprise of the year” award — 2009

Wall Street Journal Award for Technological Innovation in Healthcare — 2009

Lemelson-MIT $100,000 Award for Sustainable Innovation — 2009

Knight News Challenge $300,000 Award – 2008

Tech Museum award for Health — 2008

Stockholm Challenge: “Best use of ICT for health” — 2008

Haverford College Award — 2005

HHS Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Service — 2003

US Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal — 2003

US Army Meritorious Service Medal — 2002

HHS Secretary’s Award for Outstanding Service — 1998

CDC Mackel Award — 1997


Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown Hospital — 2003-present

CEO and co-founder, Magpi ( — 2003-present

Advisor to DARPA and to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Ebola – 2014-2015

Board Member, FrontlineSMS — 2012-2015

Senior Technical Advisor, American Red Cross, Washington DC — 2003-2004

Chief of Current Operations , HHS Secretary’s Emergency Operations Center, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC — 2001-2004

Director of Medical Programs / Director of Research, Center of Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance (a WHO collaborating center), Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu HI — 1998-2001

Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer / Medical Officer, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta GA — 1995-1998

Clinical Medical Career and Education

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Georgetown University Hospital, Washington DC— 2002- present

M.D., Brown University School of Medicine, Providence RI

B.A., Haverford College, Haverford PA

Selected Publications

Selanikio, Joel. “Mobile Electronic Health Surveys and Data Collection: History and Practical Points to Consider.” Global Health Informatics: Principles of EHealth and MHealth to Improve Quality of Care. Ed. Leo Anthony G. Celi et al. Boston: MIT Press, 2017.

Selanikio, Joel. “Bringing the Silicon Valley Revolution in Technology and Business to Global Health.” Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation: International Case Studies and Practice. Ed. Ken Banks. London: Kogan Page, 2016.

Selanikio, Joel. “Data-Powered Development.” Rise of the Reluctant Innovator. Ed. Ken Banks. London: London Publishing Partnership, 2013

Selanikio, Joel. Mobile Phones and the Power of Data Collection, National Geographic Newswatch, 2011, collection/

Selanikio, Joel. The Invisible Computer Revolution, BBC News, 2008, technology/7106998.stm

Smith S, Joshi U, Grabowsky M, Selanikio J, et al. Evaluation of Bednets After 38 Months of Household Use in Northwest Ghana. Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 77(Suppl 6), 2007, pp. 243–248

Grabowsky M, Nobiya T, Selanikio J. Sustained high coverage of insecticide-treated bednets through combined Catch-up and Keep-up strategies. Trop Med Int Health 2007, 12 (7) pp 815-22


Pharmaceutical Compositions and Methods for Verifying Dosing Compliance (Patent 13/095,834 Pending)

Wearable Wireless Electronic Patient Data Communications and Physiological Monitoring Device (Patent 12/208,540)