Professor Vivek Goel is the Network Science Advisor to CanCOVID. Vivek is the former Vice President, Research and Innovation of the University of Toronto. Professor Goel is a distinguished scholar with an extensive background in teaching, research and university administration. He obtained his medical degree from McGill University and completed post-graduate medical training in Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Goel obtained an MSc in Community Health from U of T and an MSc in Biostatistics from Harvard University’s School of Public Health. His research has focussed on health services evaluation. He was a founding scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), where he continues as an Adjunct Senior Scientist.
He was founding President and CEO of Public Health Ontario from 2008 to 2014, where he was highly successful in building an academic public health services agency that provided scientific and technical advice to front-line practitioners. Prior to re-joining U of T he served as Chief Academic Strategist with Coursera in Mountain View, California, a global platform that connects universities and learners with online courses.
He currently serves on a number of boards including as Vice-Chair of the Canadian Institute for Health Information and Chair of the Toronto-Central Local Health Integration Network.