Saif Khairat, PhD, MPH

Professor and Beerstecher-Blackwell Distinguished Term Scholar

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Campus Box #7460
Administrative Office Building
104 Airport Drive
Office: 2700
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

With over a decade of experience, Dr. Khairat has led national and international projects to enhance healthcare services and research, specifically within the informatics world. His research agenda comprises two main areas: (1) telemedicine / telehealth in health services research, (2) health IT usability and visualization. He is the site PI of the NIH funded project titled “Overcoming the Barriers to Clinical Trial Recruitment through Teleconsent”. Dr. Khairat was Co-Principal Investigator of the Great Plains Telehealth Resource and Assistance Center, which was funded by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a three-year federally funded center that is responsible for increasing Telehealth awareness and providing consultation to healthcare providers and vendors in six states.

As an informatics expert, Dr. Khairat focuses on using novel mixed-methods data collection approach coupled with complex data analysis for big datasets. He has authored more than 50 scientific articles in 20 different, peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and has served as an investigator for more than $2.5 million in research grants over the past 5 years. His research investigates the development, implementation, and evaluation of Health IT solutions in particular, EHRs and Telehealth systems. He also serves as the associate editor of the Applied Clinical Informatics (ACI) journal, and serves as scientific reviewer to various national and international journals and conferences.

Dr. Khairat is a leader within the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA). He was recently inducted among the inaugural class of Fellows of AMIA. Among his roles, he serves as a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the annual symposium; he is a member of the Working Group Steering Committee, and past-Chair of the Education Working Group at AMIA. Dr. Khairat earned his PhD in Health Informatics and Masters in Computer Science from the University of Missouri, and MPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.