School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Global Health
Ramin Asgary, MD, MPH, FASTMH, Professor of Global Health and Director of Humanitarian Health MPH. He is a health services researcher and public health educator and practitioner. Primarily trained as an internal medicine physician with specialization in preventive medicine and implementation research, he has complementary training in public health, community medicine, clinical and translational research, and comparative effectiveness research. After three decades in the field of healthcare, he has gained substantial experience and expertise in research, education, program development and implementation, and academic leadership, nationally and internationally. His research focus is on some distinct but overarching areas of global public health, preventive medicine, healthcare education, and community service with an underlying theme of health disparities solutions, nationally and internationally.
Professor Asgary started working in humanitarian settings and complex emergencies with multiple humanitarian agencies and Doctors Without Borders-MSF in the mid 90s as field physician, medical coordinator, director, and senior health and research advisor in more than two dozen projects and missions in regions including Eurasia/Former Soviet States, Sub-Saharan/East/South Africa, South/Central America, and often in conflict or refugee settings. He served two consecutive elected terms on the Board of Directors, MSF/Doctors Without Borders-USA (2012 to 2018), where he supported its leadership and strategic planning. He also served on multiple committees including Ethics and Accountability to Beneficiaries Committees, a governing liaison for operational centers, and in the program committee. Dr. Asgary serves as medical advisor/referent for projects in operational centers of Doctors Without Borders. 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.
Professor Asgary holds secondary appointments as Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs and GWU School of Nursing. He is Clinical 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 (SM/PC), Co-Founder and Director of Immigrant & Refugee Health Clinic and Travel Health Clinic, and Co-Founder and Director of Global Health Initiative in SM/PC at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Asgary was Founding Director of Human Rights Program & Clinic and Deputy Director and General MPH Track Director for MPH Program at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He was Associate Director for Homeless Healthcare of Community Medicine Program of New York University/Langone Health and core faculty and contributor to development of Global Health Unit in Population Health Department, New York University. He served as Director of Community Medicine Clinic at Weill Cornell College of Medicine.
Dr. Asgary is a recipient of multiple teaching, research, and service awards and over the span of his academic career has mentored more than hundreds of medical and public health students, resident-physicians, PhD and doctoral students, fellows and junior faculty. His contribution to policy and practice changes has been recognized in multiple press releases by main stream newspapers and media outlets, nationally and internationally. Dr. Asgary’s expertise and interest are in: Refugee Health and Humanitarian Assistance; Global Health Curriculum Development; Humanitarian Ethics & Accountability; Healthcare of Homeless and Immigrants; Women's and Reproductive Health; Cancer Screening and Chronic Disease Control.
Current Randomized Trials/Grants:
- SMS texting to control diabetes among diabetic homeless adults (RCT); American Diabetes Association
- mHealth to Address Uncontrolled Hypertension among Hypertensive Homeless Adults (RCT); NIH- NIMHD
- Cervical Cancer Screening using VIA; Africa
- Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening: Central Asia
- Provision of Social and Behavioral Change Communications Services; World Food Programme (WFP)
- NCR NDMS Medical Surge Capacity, Capability, and Interoperability (MSCCI) (USA)
- The Hospital to Home Transition for Homeless Adults
- Imaging in Humanitarian Settings: Pragmatic and Virtue Considerations
- Pitfalls, Challenges, and Opportunities in Accountability Toward Beneficiaries in Humanitarian Settings
- Cancer Care in Persons Experiencing Homelessness
- Barriers and Gaps in Effective Health Communication at Both Public Health and Healthcare Delivery Levels during Epidemics and Pandemics; Systematic Review
- Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Strategies to Prevent and Manage Poisonings due to Pharmaceuticals in Children in Low- and Low-Middle Income Countries: Systematic Review
- Systematic Review of Effective Strategies for Breast Cancer Screening in Low-Resource Settings
- Challenges and Opportunities in Effective Quality Assurance in Humanitarian Settings; Systematic Review