Samira Abbasgholizadeh Rahimi


Samira Abbasgholizadeh Rahimi Women in Engineering (WIE) Affinity Group Chapter founder and president

Samira is Postdoctoral researcher at Family Medicine Department of Université Laval, Canada.

She did her PhD in Industrial and System Engineering at Université Laval, Quebec, Quebec (2016), her training in Healthcare Leadership: Focus on Change Leadership (certificate) at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York (2016); and her BEng in Industrial and System Engineering (2011).



  • Centre de recherche sur les soins et les services de première ligne de l’Université Laval (CERSSPL-UL)
  • Réseau 1 Québec
  • Québec SPOR SUPPORT unit
  • Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec – Student member
  • Founder and President, IEEE Young Professionals, Quebec section (2017 – Present)
  • Founder and President, IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), Quebec section (2014 – Present)


Areas of interest:

Shared Decision Making; Patient Decision Aids; Knowledge Translation; Health System Management

Quality Improvement; Risk Management; eHealth and Artificial Intelligence; Primary care

Recognitions and awards:

  • CIHR Travel Award, CIHR (April 2018)
  • Travel Scholarship, North American Primary Care Research Group PBRN Conf. Travel Scholarship, (May 2017)
  • Travel Grant, IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Travel Grant, ( Jan. 2017)
  • Travel Grant, Quebec Population Health Research Network (RRSPQ), (Nov. 2016)
  • Doctoral Scholarship – Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration, IRDPQ, (2014-2016)
  • Travel Grant, Association of Graduate Students in Science and Engineering of Laval University, (Oct. 2016)
  • Travel Grant, l’association des étudiantes et des étudiants de Laval inscrits aux études supérieures, (Sep. 2016)
  • IEEE Women In Engineering Leadership Appreciation Award, IEEE Women in Engineering Canada, (Sep. 2016)
  • Travel Grant, IEEE Women in Engineering Canada, (Sep. 2016)
  • Graduate Student Funding, Canadian Operational Research Society, (May 2016)
  • Appreciation Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers de Québec, (Mar. 2016)
  • Exemption from differential tuition fee for international students (Extendible for 6 years) Université Laval, (2012- 2016)
  • Women in Engineering Prize (IEEE Canada), (Apr. 2015)
  • Innovation Prize (Provincial Competition), Tabriz University, (Oct. 2011)