Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program
MGH BIDMC Harvard Medical School

Leo Celi, MD


Leo Celi, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Part-Time







Academic Interests

Health Big Data, Medical Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning in Healthcare, 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. 


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

  • Celi LA, Stone DJ, Montgomery RA, Mark RG. “Big Data” in the ICU: Closing the data loop. AJRCCM 2013;87(11):1157-160.
  • 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.
  • Rush B, Tyler PD, Stone DJ, Geisler BP, Walley KR, Celi LA. Outcomes of ventilated patients with sepsis who undergo inter- hospital transfer: a nationwide linked analysis. Crit Care Med 2017;46(1):e81-e86.
  • Moskowitz A, Chen KP, Cooper AZ, Chahin A, Ghassemi MM, Celi LA. Management of atrial fibrillation with rapid ventricular response in the intensive care unit: A secondary analysis of electronic health record data. Shock 2017;48(4):436-440.
  • Wiens J, Snyder GM, Finlayson S, Mahoney MV, Celi LA. Potential Adverse Effects of Broad-Spectrum Antimicrobial Exposure in the Intensive Care Unit. Open Forum Infect Dis 2017;5(2):ofx270.
  • Gehrmann S, Dernoncourt F, Li Y, Carlson ET, Wu JT, Welt J, Foote J Jr., Moseley ET, Grant DW, Tyler PD, Celi LA. Comparing deep learning and concept extraction based methods for patient phenotyping from clinical narratives. PLoS One 2018;13(2): e0192360.
  • Rush B, Martinka P, Kilb B, McDermid RC, Boyd JH, Celi LA. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Pregnant Women. Obstet Gynecol. 2017;129(3):530-535.
  • Rush B, Hertz P, Bond A, McDermid R, Celi LA. Utilization of palliative care in end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on home oxygen: national trends and barriers to care in the United States. Chest 2017;151(1):41-6.
  • Hsu D, Feng M, Kothari R, Zheng H, Chen KP, Celi LA. The association between indwelling arterial catheters and mortality in hemodynamically stable patients with respiratory failure: A propensity score analysis. Chest 2015;148(6):1470-6.
  • Paonessa J, Brennan T, Pimentel M, Steinhaus D, Feng M, Celi LA. Hyperdynamic left ventricular ejection fraction in the intensive care unit. Critical Care 2015;19(1):288.
  • Komorowski M, Celi LA. Will artificial intelligence contribute to overuse in healthcare? Crit Care Med 2017;45(5):912-913.
  • Tyler P, Celi LA. Tele-ICU Increases Interhospital Transfers: Does big brother know better? Crit Care Med 2017;45(8):1417-1419.
  • Pollard T, Celi LA. Enabling machine learning in critical care. ICU Management & Practice 2017;17(3):198-199.
  • Rush B, Stone DJ, Celi LA. From Big Data to Artificial Intelligence: Harnessing Data Routinely Collected in the Process of Care. Crit Care Med 2018;46(2):345-346.
  • Celi LA, Fraser H, Nikore V, Paik K, Osorio JS, editors. Global Health Informatics: Principles
    of eHealth and mHealth to improve quality of care. Cambridge: MIT Press; 2017.
  • Celi LA, Charlton P, Ghassemi M, Johnson AE, Komorowski M, Marshall D, Neumann T, Paik K, Pollard T, Raffa J, Salciccioli J, editors. Secondary analysis of electronic health records. Cham: Springer International Publishing AG; 2016.
  • DePasse J, Celi LA. Collaboration, capacity building and co-creation as a new mantra in global health. Int J Qual Health Care 2016;28(4):536-7.
  • Celi LA, Lokhandwala S, Montgomery R, Moses C , Naumann, Pollard T, Spitz D, Stretch R. Datathons and software to promote reproducible research. J Med Internet Res 2016;18(8):e230.
  • Celi LA, et al. on behalf of the MIT Sana Global Team. The hackathon model to spur innovation around global mHealth. J Med Eng Technol 2016;40(7-8):392-9.
  • Celi LA, Davidzon G, Johnson AE, Komorowski M, Marshall DC, Nair SS, Phillips CT, Pollard TJ, Raffa JD, Salciccioli JD, Salgueiro FM, Stone DJ. Bridging the health data divide. J Med Internet Res 2016;18(12):e325.