Dr. Elham Akhond Zadeh Noughabi
Health System Impact Fellow Profile

Elham Akhond Zadeh Noughabi
Host Partner Organization:
Alberta Health Services
Name of Host Partner Organization Supervisor:
Kathryn G Todd
Location (city, province):
Calgary, Alberta
Academic Institution:
University of Calgary
Name of Academic Supervisor:
Brenda R Hemmelgarn
Duration of Fellowship:
1 year
Title of Fellowship / Program of Work:
Heart failure and Data Science
Contact Information:
Social media page(s): LinkedIn: Elham Akhond Zadeh Noughabi


Elham Akhond Zadeh Noughabi has PhD in Information Technology Engineering at Tarbiat Modares University, Iran and Post-Doctoral training in Computer Engineering at University of Calgary. Elham is a data scientist with more than 10 years of academic and professional experience in the field; her research interests include “Data Mining”, “Big Data” and “Data Science” with applications in Healthcare and Business.

Dr. Noughabi’s work has appeared in more than 60 peer-reviewed journals, conferences, books and book chapters. Her career aspiration is to become a faculty member with the research direction of Data Science and applications in Healthcare and Business. This postdoctoral position will be a potential step and good opportunity which makes her most competitive for future academic positions. She has the opportunity to collaborate and network with senior scientists in the areas of healthcare, medical and clinical sciences. This will clearly demonstrate her ability to learn new aspects of the field.

Fellowship Program of Work

The Department of Community Health Sciences at University of Calgary and Research, Innovation and Analytics at Alberta Health Services have jointly partnered together, with additional support from the Haskayne School of Business and the O'Brien Institute for Public Health, to create a HSI Fellowship. The Fellow will lead a novel research project that relates to the mission of Research, Innovation & Analytics at AHS. The main aim of the project is to develop computer-assisted automated EHR data extraction and analysis tools for near real-time monitoring system performance in heart failure (HF). This goal will be achieved by implementing data and text mining techniques on the EHR and Alberta HEART data.

This project will allow the Fellow to develop or enhance existing skills in data mining which is now in high demand due to enhanced reliance on big data analytics in health care systems. International collaborations provided for the Fellow through World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre and International Methodological Consortium for Coded Health Information (IMECCHI) at UoC and the opportunities to interact with the Executive Leadership Team and other senior leaders and decision makers at AHS are unique features of this training experience. The Fellow will have many opportunities to engage with clinical leaders and senior decision makers so as to understand the real world challenges of translating knowledge into practice.

An academic support team, consisting of Dr. Brenda Hemmelgarn (Professor, UoC), Dr. Hude Quan (Professor, UoC), Dr. Amy Metcalfe (Assistant professor, UoC) and Dr. William Ghali (Professor, UoC) and an organizational support team including Dr. Kathryn Todd (Vice-President of Research, Innovation and Analytics and member of the Executive Leadership Team of AHS) and Dr. Stafford Dean (Senior Program Officer, Analytics) support the Fellow.

This initial pilot project will be used to leverage additional experiential training opportunities with AHS and other partner organizations throughout the province in the future. This novel program will help build capacity for additional applied training opportunities across the graduate programs offered by the Department of Community Health Sciences.

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