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Maged Kamel Boulos


Professor of Digital Health, University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland (from August 2014)

Associate Professor of Health Informatics, Faculty of Health (till July 2014)

Maged N. Kamel Boulos is Associate Professor of Health Informatics at the University of Plymouth, Devon, UK. Before moving to Plymouth in 2005, he worked as Lecturer in Healthcare Informatics at the University of Bath, UK, where he was instrumental in developing the online MSc programme in Healthcare Informatics (delivered jointly with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh), and worked before that at City University London, UK, on an EU-funded diabetes telematics project (M2DM FP5 project). Maged also practised clinical medicine (as House Officer, then Clinical Dermatology Resident, then Specialist Dermatologist) for ten years prior to joining City University London. While a practising clinician, he additionally worked part-time in the clinical software industry (developing clinical dermatology software, e.g., [DermoCAD]) for about five years prior to joining the UK academia in 1999,bringing his total years of experience in biomedical informatics to >18 (and his combined, clinical + informatics, experience to >23 years [1990-2013]).

As well as his medical degree (MBBCh) and Master in Dermatology, he holds a Master in Medical Informatics (2000) from King's College, University of London, and a PhD in Measurement and Information in Medicine (2002) from City University, London, both in UK. His PhD focused on developing novel knowledge management and visualisation techniques for browsing and finding information on the health cyberspace using hypermedia GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and clinical codes for the semantic spatialization and navigation of information spaces.

Maged teaches and has over 100 peer reviewed publications (h-index > 26) on a specialist range of medical and public health informatics topics, including telehealthcare/mHealth and technologies for independent living of older people, clinical dermatology informatics, health GIS/Internet GIS and virtual globes, Semantic Web/knowledge management, Social Web/3D virtual worlds and serious games/exergames applications.

He is Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy; Level 3 Member of UKCHIP, the UK Council for Health Informatics Professions; Senior Member of IEEE (the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and IEEE EMBS (IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society); Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society; and Co-Chair, WG IV/4: Virtual Globes and Context-Aware Visualisation/Analysis, within the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing—ISPRS Commission IV Geodatabases and Digital Mapping, 2008-2012.

He is the founder (2001) and Editor-in-Chief of the Open Access, MEDLINE-indexed and ISI-tracked International Journal of Health Geographics, a journal dedicated to the application of geographic information systems and science in public health, healthcare, health services, and health resources (5-Year IF: 2.703 - Thomson Reuters JCR Social Sciences Edition 2012). He also serves on the editorial boards of a number of other peer reviewed publications.

He has undertaken consultancies/commissioned reviews and has been/is Principal Investigator on various activities and projects funded by UK national and international bodies, including London School of Economics; UK TSB (BERR/DTI) KTP Programme (Knowledge Transfer Partnership in association with Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust); UK Arts & Humanities Research Council; KFSHRC (King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre), Jeddah; Qatar National Research Fund; Public Health Agency of Canada (funding one of his former PhD students); World Health Organization EMRO and EURO (also officially appointed as 'WHO Expert Adviser' for WHO EURO in 2011); European Commission (CAALYX, eCAALYX and LiveWell EU-funded eHealth projects under FP6, AAL and Grundtvig programmes); and ISPRS.

He delivered invited keynote speeches at a number of national and international conferences and events. His research received wide press and media coverage, e.g., in BBC News, Daily Mail, The Guardian, and The Times, among many others.

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