Abbas Zavar

Faculty Member

Abbas Zavar is a physician with a profound interest in digital health, boasting over twenty years of experience in diverse medical and digital health domains. His expertise spans a broad spectrum, encompassing medicine (with a focus on prevention), digital health consulting, clinical decision support system (CDSS) design, clinical data science, AI-enabled solution design and evaluation, program management, and advocacy for personalized medicine.

Dr. Zavar holds a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) and a Master in Public Health (MPH). He is an alumnus of the University of Toronto, where he earned his Master’s in Health Informatics (MHI). His academic and professional journey reflects a deep commitment to advancing healthcare through innovative digital health solutions.

He has five prominent roles now:

  • Adjunct Faculty, Master’s in Health Informatics Program, University of Toronto: enhancing the quantitative skills (focusing on clinical data sciences) and knowledge management acumen of MHI|EMHI students.
  • Digital Health Research Lead, OntarioMD: spearheading the design, development, and execution of research projects and evaluation pilots. His work primarily focuses on AI-enabled solutions in healthcare, aiming to alleviate physician burnout and enhance clinical workflows.
  • Digital Health Consultant: providing expert consultation in two key areas:
    • Clinical Data Science/Analysis: Transforming clinical data (e.g., EMR) into actionable insights for clinicians.
    • Design of Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) and Clinical Business Intelligence (BI) Solutions.
  • Researcher in Precision Medicine (PM): As a fervent advocate for PM, his research is dedicated to exploring all facets of PM and addressing potential challenges. He aims to design and implement a ‘Precision Medicine Ecosystem’ to facilitate the right clinical interventions at the right time for each patient.
  • Mentoring IMGs and IEHPs: guiding International Medical Graduates (IMGs) and Internationally Educated Health Professionals (IEHPs) seeking alternative career paths in Canada’s digital health sector.