Chair in Digital Health Technology

University of Birmingham


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Professor Theodoros Arvanitis

Leadership Team


Professor Theodoros Arvanitis holds the Chair in Digital Health Technology; Head of Department of Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering/School of Engineering @ University of Birmingham.  He is also Associate Director HDR UK Midlands and Joint Editor-in-Chief, Digital Health, SAGE.

Professor Arvanitis completed his RT (BSc) degree (medical radiological technology) in 1990, from TEI of Athens, Greece, and his DPhil (biomedical engineering) in 1997 from the University of Sussex, UK. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham in 2023, he held various posts at the University of Warwick, the University of Sussex and previously the University of Birmingham. He has held the post of co-Director of the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WM AHSN) Digital Theme (2014-2016).

His research interests span the areas of biomedical engineering, neuroimaging and health informatics (clinical systems interoperability and clinical decision support systems), with a strong academic and industrial experience in software engineering for healthcare applications. As a Research Leader, he has developed a substantial digital health team that encompasses experience across multiple disciplines, which brings together a rich and long pedigree of knowledge, in interconnectivity, interoperability and deployment of innovative solutions. He has delivered solutions at multiple maturity levels (from lab-based innovation to product deployment), and has established collaboration with major actors in the healthcare industry, including trusts, healthcare IT and medical device companies, as well as patient forums and regulators.

Professor Arvanitis is the coordinator of the €5 million C3-Cloud H2020 Project: A Federated Collaborative Care Cure Cloud Architecture for Addressing the Needs of Multi-morbidity and Managing Poly-pharmacy (PHC-25-2015: 689181).

Professor Arvanitis has a substantial academic publication record (Google Scholar Profile), while he has received research funding from national (UK), European and international governmental funding agencies, charities and industry. He has been involved in UK (BSI) and EU (CEN) standardisation work. He is a Charted Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine (FRSM), Fellow of the Greek Biomedical Health Informatics Association (FGBHI) and a member of various scientific and professional groups (IET, AMIA, NYAS, RCS, ISMRM). He is also the Joint Editor-in-Chief at the Digital Health, open access peer-reviewed, journal, published by Sage Publications, UK.

Professor Theodoros Arvanitis’ HDR UK related research focuses on:

  • Making sense of health and wellbeing data, in order to improve public health and clinical knowledge in the characterisation and management of disease, through novel biomedical informatics technologies
  • Developing deep learning methodologies for the analysis of complex biomedical datasets in the context of non-communicable and chronic diseases in order to achieve a personalised medicine perspective in the provision of care
  • Developing the emerging field of Radiomics to achieve more accurate prediction of disease progression, responsiveness to treatments, and patients’ survival in cancer. In particular, investigating the application of informatics and advanced computer algorithms to provide an intelligent decision support aid to clinicians for the characterisation of childhood brain tumours.
  • Providing interoperability between different clinical systems, across care settings’ boundaries, and semantically integrating clinical and research systems in order to achieve effective impact of research into practice.

Additional HDR Midlands Team Members

Firoza Davies

Patient & Public Representative
East Midlands

Mr Colin Monckton

Director of Performance and Information
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Rachel Caswell

Senior Healthcare Analyst
Midlands Analyst Network Lead Strategy Unit

Kathie McPeake

Macmillan Living with Cancer Programme Manager
NHS Lincolnshire Integrated Care Board