Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program
MGH BIDMC Harvard Medical School

Leo Celi, MD


Leo Anthony Celi, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine, Part-Time

Areas of Expertise: Investigation, Academic Clinical Medicine

Academic Interests

Health Data Science, Global Health Informatics

Awards and Recognition

2010     mHealth Alliance Award, for Sana (Project Lead: Leo Anthony Celi) - United Nations Foundation


2010     Wireless Innovation Prize, 3rd Place, for Sana (Project Lead: Leo Anthony Celi) - Vodafone Americas Foundation


2010     Information Technology Award - Massachusetts Medical Society


2010     Featured Designer, National Design Triennial “Why Design Now?”, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum - Smithsonian Museum


2011     Finalist, INDEX: Award 2011, Design to Improve Life, for Sana (Project Lead: Leo Anthony Celi) 60 finalists out of 966 entries from 78 countries - Danish Enterprise and Construction Authority, The Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs, Den Obelske Familiefond, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond, Holger Petersens Fond, the Lauritzen Foundation and The Confederation of Danish Industry


2012     Mobile Health University Challenge, 1st place, MIT-Universidades Federal do Rio Grande do Norte team (Faculty Adviser: Leo Anthony Celi) - Global System for Mobile Communications


2013     MIT Sloan Innovation Showcase, for Sana - 

MIT Industry Liaison Program and Sloan Business School


2018     Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award - Marquis Who’s Who


2018     Gold Award for MIT Hacking Discrimination Case District I Excellence Awards CASE District I annually honors individuals and schools with its Excellence Awards for producing innovative work in the fields of fundraising, alumni relations, stewardship, special events, advancement services, and communications.

2019     Top 100 AI Leaders in Drug Discovery and Advanced Healthcare - Deep Knowledge Analytics, featured in Forbes Magazine

2019 Silver Medal Award for Abstracts 48th Critical Care Congress - Society of Critical Care Medicine

2019 Gordon Strewler Award for Excellence in Mentoring - Department of Medicine Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


More information can be found on Dr. Celi's Harvard Catalyst Profile.

+Current Projects

  • Outcome prediction modeling in the ICU
  • Social determinants of critical illness
  • Transfer learning in healthcare
  • Education research around hackathons
  • Counterfactual models and causal inference using electronic health records
  • Tools for collaborative learning

+Selected Publications

  1. Celi LA, Stone DJ, Montgomery RA, Mark RG. “Big Data” in the ICU: Closing the data loop. AJRCCM 2013;87(11):1157-160.
  2. Celi LA, et al. on behalf of MIT Critical Data. A datathon model to support cross-disciplinary collaboration. Sci Transl Med 2016;8(333):333ps8.
  3. Moskowitz A, McSparron J, Stone DJ, Celi LA. Preparing a new generation of clinicians for the era of big data. Harvard Med Student Rev 2014;2(1):24-27.
  4. Wyber R, Vaillancourt S, Perry W, Mannava P, Folaranmi T, Celi LA. Big data in global health: the promise of data-informed health care delivery for low- and middle-income countries. Bull World Health Organ 2015;93(3):203-208.
  5. Ghassemi M, Celi LA, Stone DJ. State of the Art Review: The data revolution in critical care. Crit Care 2015;19:118.
  6. McLennan S, Shaw D, Celi LA. The challenge of local consent requirements for global critical care databases. Intensive Care Med 2019;45(2):246-248.
  7. Feng M, McSparron JI, Kien DT, Stone DJ, Roberts DH, Schwartzstein RM, Vieillard-Baron A, Celi LA. Transthoracic echocardiography and mortality in sepsis: analysis of the MIMIC-III database. Intensive Care Med 2018;44(6):884-892.
  8. Komorowski M, Celi LA, Badawi O, Gordon AC, Faisal AA. The Artificial Intelligence Clinician learns optimal treatment strategies for sepsis in intensive care. Nat Med 2018;24(11):1716-1720.
  9. Tyler PD, Du H, Feng M, Bai R, Xu Z, Horowitz GL, Stone DJ, Celi LA. Assessment of intensive care unit laboratory values that differ from reference ranges and association with patient mortality and length of stay. JAMA Network Open 2018;1(7):e184521.
  10. Doty E, Stone DJ, McCague N, Celi LA. Counterintuitive results from observational data: a case study and discussion. BMJ Open 2019;9(5):e026447.