Serban Dinca-Panaitescu

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

4th floor Health, Nursing & Environmental Studies - HNES
Keele Campus
Phone (Office): 416 736 2100

Email address(es):

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - School of Health Policy & Management


B.Sc. - 1994
Electrical Engineering, Politehnica University
Bucharest, Romania

Ph.D. - 2001
Bioengineering, Politehnica University
Bucharest, Romania

M.Sc. - 1995
Electrical Engineering, Politehnica University
Bucharest, Romania


Prof. Serban Dinca-Panaitescu (PhD Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, 2001) has a multidisciplinary background with an emphasis on biomedical engineering and health informatics.

Biomedical research 
Dr. Dinca-Panaitescu's contribution has been in the mechanisms of sudden cardiac death in normal hearts of people under chronic mental stress. This body of work involved clinical trials conducted in a multidisciplinary team of physicians, biophysicists, and clinical engineers combining invasive and non-invasive methods to study the sympathetic control of ventricles in subjects and patients under mental stress, pharmacological blockade and pacing. He had developed algorithms to monitor and analyze physiological signals (electrocardiogram and electroencephalogram) with clinical applications. This work lead to one book, 10 refereed research papers, and 25 abstracts and communications in this area.

Investigating social determinants of health 
Dr. Dinca-Panaitescu's contribution has been in the analysis of various health outcomes within a complex conceptual framework that takes into account the role of marginalization in health care, health promotion and individual development and importance of autonomy and inclusion in decision making. This body of work includes studies using large Canadian datasets (e.g. National Population Health Survey, Canadian Community Health Survey) funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Grounded in complex quantitative approaches and statistical modeling, these studies examined the relationships between diabetes and socioeconomic and behavioural factors.

Other research interests include medical equipment, health information systems and e-health.

Selected Publications

Books and Monographs

Negoescu R., Dinca-Panaitescu S: Electrocardiographyc monitoring of cardiac sympathetical control (in romanian).  Ed. AISTEDA, Bucharest, Romania ISBN 973-85321-2-4 (167 pages), 2001

Recent publications

1. Negoescu, R., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., Ionescu, D.D. (2015) Neurocardiology of a paradox – Sudden cardiac death corde indemno: mechanism and prevention. Romanian Medical Journal LXII (2):17-18.

2. Ahmad, F., McKenzie, K., Ledwos, C., Shakya, Y., Rashid, M., Lou, W., Ng, P., Ginsburg, L., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., (2015) Interactive Client Assessment Survey (iCCAS) for Common Mental Disorders: A Pilot in Community Health Center Serving Vulnerable Communities. E-Health Conference, Torornto

3. Dinca-Panaitescu, M., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., Bryant, T., Daiski, I. Pilkington, B. & Raphael, D. (2012). The dynamics of the relationship between poverty experience and type 2 diabetes: Longitudinal Results From Canada's National Population Health Survey.  Maturitas, 72(3):229-35

4. Raphael, D., Daiski, Pilkington, B., Bryant, T., Dinca-Panaitescu, S, & Dinca-Panaitescu, M. (2012). A toxic combination of poor social policies and programmes, unfair economic arrangements, and bad politics: The experiences of poor Canadians with Type 2 Diabetes. Critical Public Health, 22(2):127-145.

5. Pilkington, F.B., Daiski, I., Lines, E., Bryant, T., Raphael, D., Dinca-Panaitescu, M., & Dinca-Panaitescu, S. (2011). Type 2 diabetes in vulnerable populations: Community healthcare providers’ perspectives of health service needs and policy implications. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 35(5), 503-511.

6. Dinca-Panaitescua, S., Dinca-Panaitescu, M., Bryant, T., Daiski, I. Pilkington, B. & Raphael, D. (2011). Diabetes prevalence and income: Results of the Canadian Community Health Survey. Health Policy 99, 116–123.

7. Pilkington, F. B., Daiski, I., Bryant, T., Dinca-Panaitescu, M., Dinca-Panaitescu, S., &  Raphael, D. (2010). The experience of living with diabetes for low-income Canadians. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 34(2), 119-126.

8. Tefera B., Evans J., Wainer L., Khan A., Nattimba Z., El Morr C., Dinca-Panaitescu S.(2008) Electronic Discharge Summaries: Physician Views and Perceptions Proc. E-Health 2008: Extending the Reach

9. Negoescu, R.M, Dinca-Panaitescu, S. (2008) Cardiovascular Bioengineering: Cross-Spectra of RR and QT Interval Series May Disentangle Sympathetic Drive to Ventricles under Mental Stress, BIOINGTEH - Exploratory Workshop, Advanced Materials & Technologies in Biology and Medicine, Poiana Bra┼čov, Romania

10. Negoescu, R.M, Dinca-Panaitescu, S. (2007) Engineering RR and QT variability to detect risk of, and to prevent sudden death in corde indemno, asymptomatic subject. Revista Medico-Chirurgicala a Soc. Med., 3 (2), 16-17.

11. Dinca-Panaitescu M., Dinca-Panaitescu S., Lee J. (2007): Simulation of the cumulative effects of chemical spills using a spatial-temporal dynamics analysis algorithm.  Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 149, p. 707-719

12. Negoescu R., Dinca-Panaitescu S., Achim A. (2007): Long time-constant in the RR-QT system: prevention of sudden death should extend to borderline QT individuals, Proc. Euro 2007 Prevent

13. Negoescu R., Boanta F., Dinca-Panaitescu S. (2007): Spectral QT-LF tests positively as a pointer to ventricular sympathetic drive under hypobaric hypoxia, Proc. Euro 2007 Prevent

14. Negoescu, R.M, Dinca-Panaitescu, S. (2006): Mining RR and QT variability to detect risk and prevent sudden death in asymptomatic subjects. Integrating Biomedical Information: From E-cell to E-patient, Assa Reichert ed,  IOS Press, p 214-216 

15. Negoescu R., Dinca-Panaitescu S. (2006): Mining RR And QT Variability To Detect Risk And Prevent Sudden Death In Asymptomatic Subjects, Proc. ROMEDINF

16. Negoescu R., Dinca-Panaitescu S. (2006): Spectral QT Variability As A Pathognomonic For Sudden Death In Non-Cardiac Subjects Under Mental Stress, Proc. Euro 2006 Prevent, p. 523.

Other Research Outputs

eHealth Seminar Series, Faculty of Health




National Institutes of Health Informatics


VPRI-sponsored York Seminar for Advanced Research award. - 2012


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Not Indicated

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Not Indicated

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Not Indicated

Current Research

He conducts research in medical informatics with emphasis on computer processing of physiological signals. His major research contributions are in the fields of preventive cardiology and developing software aiming at detecting the cardiovascular dysfunction in the sub-clinical phase.

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Serban Dinca-Panaitescu