Dr. Rashid L Bashshur

Dr. Rashid L Bashshur |Clyto Access

Director of Telemedicine, University of Michigan Health System, United states

Editorial Board Member

Expertise: Clinical Trials, Epidemiology, Diabeotology, eHealth, Telemedicine, Healthcare Informatics


Dr. Rashid L Bashshur received his Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA in 1962, and obtained M.A. and B.A. in Sociology & Psychology from American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 1956 and 1954 respectively. Since the early 1970’s, he has been a catalyst for the development and evaluation of telemedicine systems in the U.S. and National Academy of Sciences from 1970 to 1972. He organized the first two national meetings/workshops on telemedicine, whose proceedings were published as Telemedicine: Exploration in the Use of Telecommunications in Health Care (1975). He has published extensively on telemedicine, he maintains an active speaking schedule, and worked with policy-makers at institutional, national and international levels. He was co-founder of the Telemedicine Journal, a multidisciplinary peer- reviewed journal, and Editor-in-Chief from 1995 to 2005, now Editor-in-Chief Emeritus. Most recently, he co-authored The History of  Telemedicine, Evolution, Context and Transformation, with Gary Shannon, published by Mary Ann Liebert in 2009 with support from The National Library of Medicine. He served as scientific program chair of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) Annual Meeting, 1997, and co-chair in 1998, 1999 and 2000. On May 2000, he elected president to the ATA for a two-year term, now President-Emeritus. He was senior editor of three reports on telemedicine that were submitted to the U.S. Congress, 1994, 1995, and 2001. In January 2000, He chaired a WHO “International Consultation” in Geneva aimed at developing a global strategy for telemedicine/telehealth/telematics. In August 2001, he co-chaired the International State-of-the-Art Symposium on Telemedicine/Telehealth, which was co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Health System and the World Health Organization, and supported by numerous federal agencies and private organizations. In May 2004, he chaired the Second International Conference on Future directions for Telemedicine, also supported by several federal agencies and private organizations. The proceedings from both conferences were published in the Telemedicine and health journal. Dr. Bashshur has received several honors and awards and attended many national/international conferences as a keynote speakers. 

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