Biography

Curiosity and innovation have been my hallmark for a long time, probably since birth!

 

Interesting examples of such innovation and creativity include

·       Creator of the UK’s first medical website in 1994 (this site)

·       The first (award winning) online doctor/patient consultation service when the Internet was an infant in 1995;

·       The first international eHealth Code of Ethics in 2001;

·       The setting up of health services in Mustique Island and Kazakhstan against horrible odds;

·       The editor and creator of ‘Quacks, The Web Footed Doctor’, the publication to introduce the Internet to doctors in 1998;

·       The award winning ‘Health Informatics Europe’, the largest publication of its kind in Europe at the time

 

Strategic and intuitive thinker with a passion for details, hunger for visionary insights, and a terrific interest in the human condition as an astute observer of human behaviour and traits. A natural leader with a warm collegiate approach, I thrive in extreme environments (especially islands!),take St Helena, Falklands, and Kazakhstan as prime examples

 

Cross cultural and cross intellectual working to a highly polished degree; English and Arabic speaker; and with a long family tradition of public service, I relish new challenges and exciting adventures.

 

Oh, and once I was ranked 12th in the world in the 200m butterfly!

 

Here are some conventional words to complete the picture:

 

Ahmad Risk is an experienced and eclectic international medical practitioner. His range of expertise includes clinical practice; healthcare planning & management; quality and standards of healthcare; and Health Informatics.  He provided consultancy services to public and private organisations, including Ministries of Health of Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan and Egypt; English and Scottish NHS; WHO; and the European Commission. Risk is a published author in prestigious peer-reviewed journals, including BMJ, JAMA, and JMIR.

 

Past Chairman of the Internet Healthcare Coalition (USA) and the British Healthcare Internet Association, Risk is a natural leader, a strategic thinker and intuition practitioner with a hunger for visionary insights, passion for details, and unwavering commitment to public service. He has a keen interest in the human condition, being an astute observer of human behaviour. All this translates to highly developed cross-cultural and cross-intellectual characteristics

 

Areas of expertise:

·       Clinical medicine, including Occupational Health and Military Medicine

·       Health systems transformation

·       Consensus building and negotiation

·       Enterprise and capacity building

·       Clinical services development

·       Health Informatics

·       Project management

·       Clinical information systems

·       Internet eHealth technologies

·       Publishing, writing and public speaking

·       Research

·       Selected publications:

-  Rodrigues RJ, Risk A. eHealth in Latin America and the Caribbean: Development and Policy Issues. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2003;5(1):e4 - http://www.jmir.org/2003/1/e4/
-  Risk A. Petersen C. Health Information on the Internet, Quality Issues and International Initiatives. JAMA. 2002; 287:2659-2667
-  Risk A. Dzenowagis J. Review of Internet information quality initiatives. Journal of Medical Internet Research. 2001; 3(4):e28. - http://www.jmir.org/2001/4/e28/index.htm
-  Wilson P. Risk A. How to find the good and avoid the bad or ugly: a short guide to tools for rating quality of health information on the internet. Commentary: On the way to quality. BMJ 2002; 324: 598-60