Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University
Samira Abbasgholizadeh-Rahimi Eng. Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University, Associate Academic Professor of Mila-Quebec AI Institute, and affiliated scientist at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital. She brings a multidisciplinary background to her work, having completed her doctoral studies in Industrial and System Engineering with a focus on health care systems in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Université Laval, where she subsequently pursued her postdoctoral training in the Department of Family and Emergency Medicine. She joined McGill University’s Department of Family Medicine in January 2019 where she focuses her efforts on employing innovative technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to primary health care.
She is the recipient of numerous scholarships, fellowships, and awards, among them being the 2015 Canada Women in Engineering award of IEEE. Dr. Rahimi is also a Fonds de Recherche du Québec-Santé (FRQS) Junior 1 Research Scholar in human-centered AI in primary health care. With an interdisciplinary background, she is interested in the development, evaluation, and implementation of clinical decision support tools and patient decision aids, as well as integrating human-centered AI tools in primary health care. Her work as Principal Investigator has been funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Roche Canada, Brocher Foundation (Switzerland), and the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) - Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). She is also a society officer of Canadian Operational Research Society and Director of Artificial Intelligence in Family Medicine (AIFM).
Dr. Rahimi ultimately wants to help in solving health care system problems using innovative solutions such as AI. Interested in making a positive impact not only on the local and national scale, but also internationally, Dr. Rahimi remains passionate and optimistic about what can be done when people come together. “I am passionate about my multidisciplinary research and committed to contribute in improvement of health care systems in Quebec, Canada and globally.”
During their 50th Annual Meeting in Phoenix, USA, the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) awarded Dr Samira Abbasgholizadeh-Rahimi with the new investigator primary care research award for her research on Digital Health and AI in Primary Care.
Samira Abbasgholizadeh-Rahimi – Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, McGill University