Yuri Quintana

Yuri Quintana
Adjunct Associate Professor

BSc (University of Waterloo), MSc (University of Waterloo), PhD (University of Waterloo)

Yuri Quintana, Ph.D. is Director of Global Health Informatics in the Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. His research is focused on developing innovative technologies and systems that empower communities of healthcare professionals, patients and families to learn and collaborate on a worldwide basis. He has developed several award-winning global online and mobile collaboration networks that have had a transformational impact in pediatrics and cancer care. Dr. Quintana has developed the Alicanto™, a social learning network used by Boston Children’s Hospital’s OPENPedaitrics network for global education in pediatrics, by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s global MADCaP Prostate Cancer Network, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s JWEL Center for global education  for sharing best practices in education. Previously, Dr. Quintana was at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where he developed Cure4Kids an international education and informatics programs in pediatric oncology that reached 180 countries and over 40,000 health professionals. He led the development of POND4Kids an international collaborative clinical trials database; and Cure4Kids for Kids, an education program to teach children, families and teachers about cancer and healthy living. Previously, he was a faculty member at the University of Western Ontario where he served as director of the New Media Research Lab developing innovations in interactive media and online education. Quintana was also a principal investigator in the Canadian HealNet Research Network, focusing on consumer health informatics. He has held high-tech positions at IBM Canada Limited and Watcom. He has been the chair of international conferences. He serves on the editorial board of several journals in informatics and education. Quintana obtained his engineering degrees from the University of Waterloo in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Systems Design Engineering.

Global health, e-health, e-learning, international operations, interactive systems, search engines, multimedia, artificial intelligence, information retrieval, internet systems, decision support systems, evidence-based medicine.

2018 Gold Davey Award – Best Website – MADCaP.org Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts

Silver Award - Best Care/Disease Management website – InfoSAGEhealth.org

eHealthcare Leadership Awards 
2017 Silver W3 Award - Health Care Services Website – for InfoSAGEhealth.org

Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts

2017 2017 Creative Innovation winner - for OPENPediatrics.org

Open Education Consortium¹s Annual Awards for Excellence


ADDY® Gold Award – Best Animated Video for InfoSAGEhealth.org Video

American Advertising Federation Regional
2016 Outstanding Website WebAward for "OPENPediatrics.org"

Web Marketing Association

2013 Cure4Kids for Kids - Best App Center for Digital Education Awards
2012 Gold Best Overall Internet Site the 16th Annual Healthcare Internet Conference
2012 Gold Davey Award

Best Education Website

  1. Quintana Y, Crotty B, Fahy D, Orfanos A, Jain R, Kaldany E, Lipsitz L, Engorn D, Rodriguez J, Pandolfe F, Bajracharya A, Slack WV, Safran C. InfoSAGE: Use of Online Technologies for Communication and Elder Care. Stud Health Technol Inform. 
    2017;234:280-285. PubMed PMID: 28186055. http://bit.ly/2gTWZUk

  2. Ayers, K, Li, Z, Quintana, Y, Villalobos, AVK, Klosky, JL. St. Jude Cancer Education for Children Program: The Impact of a Teacher-led Intervention on Student Knowledge Gains. Journal of Cancer Education. 03 March 2016, pp. 1-6 PMID: 26939672. 
  3. Quintana, Y. Challenges to Implementation of Global Translational Collaboration Platforms. MOJ Proteom Bioinform. 2015;2(6):65. PubMed PMID: 26798845.

  4. Sanchez Varela AM, Johnson LM, Kane JR, Kasow KA, Quintana Y, Coan A, Yuan Y, Barfield R, Church C, Hester M, Baker JN. Ethical Decision Making About End-of-life Care Issues by Pediatric Oncologists in Economically Diverse Settings. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2015 May;37(4):257-63. PubMed PMID: 25887639.

  5. Richardson, S., Banks, M.S., Kettinger, W., and Quintana, Y.  IT and Agility in the Social Enterprise: A Case Study of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s ‘Cure4Kids’ IT-Platform for International Outreach. Journal of the Association of Information Systems. 2014: 15(1), pp 1-32.

  6. Quintana Y, Patel AN, Arreola M, Antillon FG, Ribeiro RC, Howard SC.  POND4Kids: A Global Web-based Database for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Outcome Evaluation and Collaboration. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;183:251-6. PMID:  23388293)

  7. Quintana Y, Van Kirk Villalobos A, Li Z, Kumar Srivastava D, Ribeiro RC. Cure4Kids for Kids: preliminary results on evaluating knowledge acquisition and knowledge retention. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2012;172:120-8. (PMID: 22910510)https://www.researchgate.net/publication/230714007_Cure4Kids_for_Kids_Preliminary_Results_on_Evaluating_Knowledge_Acquisition_and_Knowledge_Retention

  8. Perakslis ED, Quintana Y. The global need for education on cancer health. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2012;172:3-8. (PMID: 22910494)

  9. Quintana Y, Lorenzi NM, Shani M. People-Centred Healthcare systems: opportunities and challenges. In: Global People-centred eHealth Innovation Forum. London: British Medical Journal Group. Satellites. 2011:18; 17-24.

  10. Delgado E, Barfield RC, Baker JN, Hinds PS, Yang J, Nambayan A, Quintana Y, Kane JR. Availability of palliative care services for children with cancer in economically diverse regions of the world. Eur J Cancer. 2010 Aug;46(12):2260-6. (PMID:     20541395)

  11. May D, Quintana Y, Chantada G, Ribeiro R. Developing Oncopedia: Creating and Editing an Online Collaborative Educational Resource for a Global Audience, Science Editor, Council of Science Editor, May – June 2009, Vol 32, No 3, pp. 75-77.

  12. Howard SC, Metzger ML, Wilimas JA, Quintana Y, Pui CH, Robison LL, Ribeiro RC. Childhood cancer epidemiology in low-income countries. Cancer. 2008 Feb 1;112(3):461-72. (PMID: 18072274)https://www.researchgate.net/publication/5776647_Childhood_cancer_epidemiology_in_low-income_countries

  13. Ayoub L, Fu L, Pena A, Sierra JM, Dominguez PC, Pui CH, Quintana Y, Rodriguez A, Barr RD, Ribeiro RC, Metzger ML, Wilimas JA, Howard SC. Implementation of a data management program in a pediatric cancer unit in a low income country. Pediatric Blood Cancer. 2006 Jul 21. (PMID:  16862536)

  14. Quintana Y, Feightner JW, Wathen CN, Sangster LM, Marshall JN. Preventive health information on the Internet. Qualitative study of consumers' perspectives. Canadian Family Physician. 2001 Sept; 47:1759-1765. (PMID: 11570301)https://www.researchgate.net/publication/11778542_Preventive_health_information_on_the_Internet_Qualitative_study_of_consumers'_perspectives