Dr. Keith Denny

Dr. Keith Denny
Adjunct Assistant Professor

BA (Leeds University, England), MI (University of Toronto), MA (University of Toronto), PhD (University of Toronto)

Keith is the Director of Clinical Data Standards and Quality at the Canadian Institute for Health Information. He provides strategic leadership in the development, application and use of health classifications and related terminologies, and for data and information governance and quality activities. Keith has many years of experience in the health sector as an educator, manager and researcher at the interface of population health, health services and policy. He was previously a senior researcher with CIHI, Director of Research & Policy at the Canadian Healthcare Association, and a manager of community programs at Toronto’s University Health Network.

Keith is the inaugural Head of the WHO Collaborating Centre for the WHO Family of International Classifications (WHO-FIC) in Canada. He is co-chair of the WHO-FIC Network Morbidity Reference Group and he is a member of the WHO’s International Advisory Group for Training and Implementation for ICD-11 for Mental, Behavioural and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Keith is a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Health Information Management Association and Chair of the Committee of the Canadian College of Health Information Management.

With undergraduate training in political theory and history, Keith has master’s degrees in information science and social science, and a PhD in social science and health from the University of Toronto. He has been an adjunct research professor in Carleton University’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology since 2007. His research interests include health classifications and related standards, social and economic inequalities and health, and policy studies.