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Dr. Deon Canyon

Associate Professor
Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Brief Biography:

Dr. Deon Canyon is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa, and Director of their Global Health and Population Studies program. In the 1990s, Dr Canyon was attracted to public health by infectious diseases, arthropod vectors and complex transmission dynamics, but a decade later, his interests shifted to crisis leadership and preparedness competencies in health leaders. After spending time with distinguished crisis scholars in the USA, he initiated crisis leadership audits on over 130 health and other organizations from 2007. In 2010 he completed a study on 2000 effective and poor leaders in business, health and emergency management in Australia, India and the Philippines. Dr Canyon has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, conference papers and books. On the educational side, Dr Canyon has lectured postgraduate students since 1996 and has made significant curriculum contributions in public health. Some of the courses he has taught are leadership, management, systems thinking, global health, environmental change, medical entomology, bioterrorism, crisis and risk management, and occupational disease.

Academic positions:

2012 Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management - University of Hawai'i at Manoa, USA 2011 Associate Professor of Environmental Health - Curtin University, Australia 1999 Senior Lecturer - James Cook University, Australia

Research interests:

Medical - pediculosis, vector-borne disease Health Systems - leadership, management Emergency preparedness - bioterrorism, crisis management auditing

What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral:

I approve of it and had even considered an similar format in 2001 when I started a rural health tropical medicine journal. But the obstacles were insurmountable without enough financial backing and programmers on board. The issue of quality was of course a concern, and so was the idea that all the often terribly disparaging and insulting comments of reviewers would be publicly displayed to humiliate both new and experienced authors.

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