Leo Anthony Celi has practiced medicine in three continents, giving him broad perspectives in healthcare delivery. He holds a faculty position at Harvard Medical School as an intensive care specialist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is the clinical research director for the Laboratory of Computational Physiology (LCP) at MIT. He also founded and co-directs Sana, a cross-disciplinary organization based at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT, whose objective is to leverage information technology to improve health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.
Over the past decade, LCP and Philips have partnered with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), with support from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioinformatics, to build and maintain the Medical Information Mart for Intensive Care (MIMIC) database. This public-access database, which now holds clinical data from over 60,000 stays in BIDMC intensive care units, has been meticulously de-identified and is freely shared online with the research community. It is an unparalleled research resource; over 2000 researchers from more than 30 countries have free access to the clinical data under data use agreements.
Leo is one of the course directors for HST.936 at MIT, global health informatics to improve quality of care, and HST.953, secondary analysis of electronic health records. He is an editor of the textbook for each course, both being published under an open access license. Finally, he was featured as a designer in the Smithsonian Museum National Design Triennial “Why Design Now?” held at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City in 2010 for his work in global health informatics.