Kamran Khan




Dr. Kamran Khan is an infectious disease physician with training in public health and preventive medicine based at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Dalla Lana School Of Public Health at the University of Toronto. His research interests focus on the globalization of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases. He is also the founder of a social enterprise called BlueDot that develops innovative digital solutions to help governments, the private sector, and healthcare organizations build resilience to current and future global epidemic threats.

Recent Publications

  1. O'Toole, Á, Hill, V, Pybus, OG, Watts, A, Bogoch, II, Khan, K et al.. Tracking the international spread of SARS-CoV-2 lineages B.1.1.7 and B.1.351/501Y-V2. Wellcome Open Res. 2021;6 :121. doi: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.16661.1. PubMed PMID:34095513 PubMed Central PMC8176267.
  2. Poterek, ML, Kraemer, MUG, Watts, A, Khan, K, Perkins, TA. Air Passenger Travel and International Surveillance Data Predict Spatiotemporal Variation in Measles Importations to the United States. Pathogens. 2021;10 (2):. doi: 10.3390/pathogens10020155. PubMed PMID:33546131 PubMed Central PMC7913265.
  3. Huber, C, Watts, A, Grills, A, Yong, JHE, Morrison, S, Bowden, S et al.. Modelling airport catchment areas to anticipate the spread of infectious diseases across land and air travel. Spat Spatiotemporal Epidemiol. 2021;36 :100380. doi: 10.1016/j.sste.2020.100380. PubMed PMID:33509428 .
  4. Menkir, TF, Chin, T, Hay, JA, Surface, ED, De Salazar, PM, Buckee, CO et al.. Estimating internationally imported cases during the early COVID-19 pandemic. Nat Commun. 2021;12 (1):311. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-20219-8. PubMed PMID:33436574 PubMed Central PMC7804934.
  5. du Plessis, L, McCrone, JT, Zarebski, AE, Hill, V, Ruis, C, Gutierrez, B et al.. Establishment and lineage dynamics of the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic in the UK. Science. 2021;371 (6530):708-712. doi: 10.1126/science.abf2946. PubMed PMID:33419936 PubMed Central PMC7877493.
  6. Gardner, L, Dong, E, Khan, K, Sarkar, S. Persistence of US measles risk due to vaccine hesitancy and outbreaks abroad. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020;20 (10):1114-1115. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30522-3. PubMed PMID:32738934 PubMed Central PMC7392555.
  7. Menkir, TF, Chin, T, Hay, J, Surface, ED, De Salazar, PM, Buckee, CO et al.. Estimating the number of undetected COVID-19 cases exported internationally from all of China. medRxiv. 2020; :. doi: 10.1101/2020.03.23.20038331. PubMed PMID:32511613 PubMed Central PMC7276040.
  8. Fauver, JR, Petrone, ME, Hodcroft, EB, Shioda, K, Ehrlich, HY, Watts, AG et al.. Coast-to-Coast Spread of SARS-CoV-2 during the Early Epidemic in the United States. Cell. 2020;181 (5):990-996.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.04.021. PubMed PMID:32386545 PubMed Central PMC7204677.
  9. Tuite, AR, Bhatia, D, Moineddin, R, Bogoch, II, Watts, AG, Khan, K et al.. Global trends in air travel: implications for connectivity and resilience to infectious disease threats. J Travel Med. 2020;27 (4):. doi: 10.1093/jtm/taaa070. PubMed PMID:32374834 .
  10. Tuite, AR, Ng, V, Rees, E, Fisman, D, Wilder-Smith, A, Khan, K et al.. Estimation of COVID-19 burden in Egypt - Authors' reply. Lancet Infect Dis. 2020;20 (8):897-898. doi: 10.1016/S1473-3099(20)30326-1. PubMed PMID:32353344 PubMed Central PMC7185943.
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Staff Physician, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Dalla Lana School Of Public Health, University of Toronto