Dr. Laith Abu Raddad
Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, Qatar

Dr. Abu-Raddad is a Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, Assistant Dean for Extramural Research Funding, Director of the Areas of Concentration Program, Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Biomathematics Research Core at Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q), and the Principal Investigator of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group.

He joined WCM-Q in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. He held positions as Assistant Professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; as Research Scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington; as Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London, United Kingdom; and as NSF-JSPS Postdoctoral Research Associate at Osaka University, Japan. He completed his Ph.D. study in Computational and Mathematical Physics at Florida State University. He serves as a consultant or advisory member for a number of key public health projects for organizations such as the World Bank, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, World Health Organization, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Abu-Raddad’s research interests are multidisciplinary with emphasis on studying the epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases using analytical and computational approaches in addition to conventional epidemiologic study designs. He was the lead author or co-investigator of several high impact studies in recent years such as in relation to HIV/AIDS, HCV, tuberculosis, and SARS. His current main research interests include studying the spread of sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS, HSV-1, HSV-2, chlamydia, syphilis and gonorrhea; assessment of HCV epidemiology patterns; studying diabetes and tuberculosis epidemiology; and assessment of the impact of different interventions against infectious diseases such as vaccines, male circumcision, diagnostics, and drug regimens. His research focuses primarily on the Middle East and North Africa region.