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Dr. Samuel StewartPhD

Assistant Professor, Medical Informatics


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Medical Informatics , Faculty of Computer Science , Department of Pediatrics

Email: sam.stewart@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-6287
Fax: 902-494-1597
Mailing Address: 
Room 408, 4th Floor, 5790 University Avenue PO Box 15000, Halifax, NS Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Health systems evaluation
  • Knowledge translation
  • Health data analytics
  • Online communities of practice
  • Social network analysis


  •  PhD, Health Informatics (Dalhousie University)
  • MMath (University of Waterloo)
  • BSc (University of King’s College)

Brief bio  

Dr. Stewart is a trained health informatician with a keen interest in health data, health research and communication technologies. He has considerable experience in the field with numerous publication in both technical/medical journals and conference publications. He has research collaboration experience across the entire medical research community.

Research interests

Dr. Stewart, a new researcher, is interested in making better use of existing health data to improve patient care; improving health systems evaluation to provide meaningful feedback to health system stakeholders; improving inter-professional and patient-caregiver communication using technological innovations; and improving clinical decision support.

Selected publications

  • Stewart SA, Skomro R, Reid J, Penz E, Fenton M, Gjevre J, Cotton D. Improvement in OSA diagnosis and management wait times – a retrospective analysis of home management pathway for obstructive sleep apnea.  Canadian Respiratory Journal. 2015 May-Jun; 22(3):167-70.
  • Stewart SA, Abidi S, Parker L, Bernstein M, Abidi SSR. Clinical Guideline-Driven Personalized Self-Management Diary for Paediatric Cancer Survivors. 25th European Medical Informatics Conference (MIE2014). Istanbul, August 31-September 3, 2014
  • Stewart SA, Abidi SSR. Applying social network analysis to understand the knowledge sharing behavior of practitioners in a clinical discussion forum. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2012; 14(6): e170. Doi:10.2196/jmir.1982
  • Stewart SA, Abidi SSR. An infobutton for web 2.0 clinical discussions: the knowledge linkage framework. IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine 2012;16(1): 129-135.
  • Stewart SA, Abidi SSR. Linking like-minded professionals within an online medical community based on their message content. Exploiting Health Informatics for Connected, Collaborative and Customized Patient Care - Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research Management Research – ISHIMR 2013. Halifax NS:  Dalhousie University/University of Sheffield, 2013, pp. 125-138.

Selected awards and honours  

  • 2013 Best Paper, 16th International Symposium on Health Information Management Research (ISHIMR 2013)
  • 2012 Steven Huesing Scholarship for top Canadian Graduate Student in Health Informatics
  • 2010 Runner-up at MEDINFO2010 student paper competition
  • 2008 Received Associate Statistician certification from the Statistical Society of Canada


  • Statistics Society of Canada
  • COACH, Canada’s Health Informatics Association


  • Assistant Professor, Medical Informatics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS (2015-present)
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, NICHE Research Group, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS (2014-present)
  • Research statistician, Dept. of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK (2013-2015)
  • Statistical Consultant, Department of Statistics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS (2009-2012)           


  • Lecturer, HINF 6030 - Health Informatics Statistics, Dalhousie University (2015)
  • Lecturer, HINF 6102 - Health Informatics Flow and Standards (2016)
  • Lecturer, HINF 6030  - Statistics for Health Informatics, Dalhousie University (2010-2012)
  • Guest Lecturer, Evidence-based Medicine, Med1, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University (2010, 2011)
    • Making sense of result: common statistical tests
    • Hypothesis testing
    • Survival analysis
  • Guest Lecturer, CH&E 6049 - Systematic Review & Meta Analysis, Dalhousie University (2011, 2013)
    • Statistical Methods for Meta-Analyses
  • Guest Lecturer, Cochrane Systematic Review Training Workshop offered by Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation (2010)
    • Statistical Methods for Meta-Analyses