Ramin Asgary, MD, MPH, FASTMH, Associate Professor of Global Health and Director of Humanitarian Health Program, started working in humanitarian settings and complex emergencies with Doctors Without Borders-MSF and other humanitarian agencies in mid 90s as field physician, medical coordinator, director, and senior technical and research advisor in more than two dozen missions and projects in regions including Eurasia/Former Soviet States, Sub-Saharan/East/South Africa, South/Central America, and often in insecure contexts, refugee settings and post-conflict.
Professor Asgary served two consecutive elected terms on the Board of Directors, MSF/Doctors Without Borders-USA (2012 to 2018), where he provided leadership and strategic planning. At MSF ($ 1.6 billion annual budget delivering humanitarian assistance in 70 countries), he also served on multiple committees including Ethics and Accountability to Beneficiaries Committees, a governing liaison for MSF Swiss/Geneva Operational Center, and in Program Committee of MSF-USA. Dr. Asgary serves as Senior Medical Advisor/Referent for cancer projects in MSF Operational Centers of France and Switzerland.
Professor Asgary holds a secondary appointment as Associate Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He is a Clincial Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell College of Medicine/NY Presbyterian Hospitals, and an adjunct faculty at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He provides care to the homeless at Bowery homeless shelter-clinics of NYU School of Medicine/Langone.
Previously, he served as core faculty for Social Medicine/Primary Care Residency, Co-Founder and Director of Immigrant and Refugee Health Clinic and Travel Health Clinic, and Co-Founder and Director of Global Health Course at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Founder and Director of Human Rights Program & Clinic at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Deputy Director and General MPH Track Director for MPH Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Associate Director for Curriculum Development in Homeless Healthcare of Community Medicine Program of New York University/Langone Health and core faculty and contributor to developing Global Health Unit at Center for Healthful Behavior Change, Population Health Department, New York University; and Director of LIC's Community Medicine Clinic at Weill Cornell College of Medicine.
Professor Asgary is Vice-Chair of Institutional Review Board for Research Ethics at International Rescue Committee; Past-President for Global Health of American Society of Tropical Medicine; and a Governing Councilor representing International Health Section of American Public Health Association.
Dr. Asgary’s expertise and interest are in: Refugee Health and Humanitarian Assistance; Global Health Curriculum Development; Cervical Cancer; Humanitarian Ethics & Accountability; Healthcare of Homeless and Immigrants; Women's and Reproductive Health; Cancer and Chronic disease.