David Buckeridge

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics - McGill University

Medical Consultant, Institut national de santé publique du Québec and Institut national d’excellence en santé et en services sociaux du Québec

Dr. David Buckeridge holds a M.D. from Queen’s University, a M.Sc. in Epidemiology from the University of Toronto, a Ph.D. in Biomedical informatics from Stanford University and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada with specialty training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

For his research he uses methods from biomedical informatics, computer science, epidemiology, biostatistics, and behavioral science to develop and evaluate the impact of software technologies that use Big Data to monitor population health and health systems and to feedback information to guide the actions of consumers, health professionals, and decision-makers. This research is funded by the CIHR through an Applied Public Health Chair in eHealth interventions, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Buckeridge also chairs the CIHR Institute Advisory Board on Health Promotion and Prevention.

In his clinical and knowledge translation activities, he advises governments in Canada and internationally regarding the implementation and effective use of evidence-based software technologies for health monitoring. Through this work, he has developed and implemented innovative software systems in Montreal and for the province of Quebec, and has helped the Public Health Agency of Canada to define and evaluate their surveillance mandate. He has also contributed to the development of nationwide surveillance systems by the US and the Chinese Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and advised the European CDC on how to effectively use new technologies for health monitoring.

In addition to his extensive experience interacting with government, he has also led non-governmental organizations and advised companies. He is the past-president of the International Society for Disease Surveillance and currently is a director for two Canadian non-governmental organizations, the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Society for International Health. He is also a member of the Expert Advisory Committee on Health to the Metro corporation.

David Buckeridge