Stefan V. Pantazi, MD (1998, Bucharest), PhD (2006, Health Information Science, University of Victoria)
Professor, Health Informatics
School of Health Sciences, Community Services and Biotechnology
Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
299 Doon Valley Drive
Kitchener, ON, Canada, N2G 4M4
Stefan Pantazi is a medical doctor trained in General Medicine.
keen interest in computing led him to Medical Informatics.
doctoral dissertation "A Deterministic Dynamic Associative Memory (DDAM) Model for Concept Space Representation," he
explored research topics in the areas of knowledge discovery and representation, with relevance to Case-Based Reasoning
, Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval.
interest in uncovering fundamental aspects of Medical Informatics and medical decision-making led to a strong emphasis on computational models of information processing.
This has also resulted in the creation of the notions of "knowledge spectrum" and of "usability axiom of medical information systems," two novel concepts, developed, refined and published in peer-reviewed journals.
Both these concepts helped convey fundamental aspects of Medical Informatics to students and to other audiences and allowed for the proposal of a new definition of Medical Informatics as "context-dependent processing of medical information," a view fundamentally linked to such research areas as Case Based Reasoning
, Information Retrieval and Algorithmic Information Theory.
teaching approaches have very strong applied components that complement and support understanding of theoretical concepts.
view, this approach to teaching is difficult to separate from the kind of applied reasearch aimed at the exploration of new technologies and their applications to healthcare problems.
A relevant example in this regard is his
development of a simple prototype, The Health Monitoring Station, that helps demonstrating typical properties of Health Informatics applications to non-technical audiences.
Moehr, J.R., Schaafsma, J., Anglin C., Pantazi, S.V., Grimm, N.A., Anglin, S., "Success Factors for Telehealth - A Case Study", International Journal of Medical Informatics; Volume 75, Issues 10-11, October-November 2006, Pages 755-763; http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2005.11.001
Pantazi, S.V., Pantazi, F., Daly, K., "Clinical Informatics in Undergraduate Teaching of Health Informatics", accepted to ITCH2011
, S. V., "An Overview of the Deterministic Dynamic Associative Memory (DDAM) Model for Case Representation and Retrieval".
In: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Case-based Reasoning
Seattle, WA, July 2009
Pantazi S.V., Bichindaritz I, Moehr J.R. "The case for context-dependent dynamic hierarchical representations of knowledge in Medical Informatics.
in ITCH2007, Victoria, BC; http://hi.conestogac.on.ca/pantazi/pws/papers/ITCH2007-Full-paper-SP-JM-IB.pdf
Pantazi S.V., Moehr J.R. "An Associative Memory Model for Unsupervised Sequence Processing.
PacRim2005 (p. 233-236), Victoria, BC, Canada, August 2005; http://hi.conestogac.on.ca/pantazi/pws/papers/PACRIM05-304.pdf
, Pantazi F., Moehr J.R., Pantazi S.V., Lau F.Y. "Translating a Project-based Course
in Health Care Quality Improvement to Distance Education Using the PDSA Approach.
In: 2005 Hawaii International Conference on Education; Honolulu, Hawaii
Kagolovsky Y., Kushniruk A., Pantazi S.V., Moehr J.R. "A new method for 'user-centered' indexing of documents in information retrieval.
(poster) AMIA'2002 Annual Symposium