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  • Health Services Academy Chakshahzad , Islamabad

Dr. Abdullah Ahmed

Associate Professors


  • Public Health

Research Areas

  • Mixed Methods
  • Primary Care
  • Health systems
  • Infectious Diseases


Dr. Abdullah is a public health professional who has a diverse academic background, with more than ten years of teaching experience, and more than 15 years of experience in clinical medicine. He publishes newspaper articles on topics of public health importance, and also maintains a regular electronic media presence for the purpose of advocacy. He frequently publishes scientific research in national and international journals. He has experienced a variety of work settings which include teaching, clinical practice, research, healthcare administration and advocacy. His core areas of interest include health systems, infectious diseases, primary care and mental health. He has a rare insight into societal issues due to his extensive clinical exposure at the primary healthcare level and concurrent involvement in all things academic. He has a generalist approach, which means that he employs skills gained through working in varied environments. He is an avid reader and his areas of interest outside of his career path include, behavioral biology, psychology, philosophy, comparative religions and history.


  • PhD ( Public Health) Health Services Academy Quaid-i-Azam University 2022
  • CHPE National University of Medical Sciences (2022)
  • MCPS (Family Medicine) College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (2015)
  • MPH Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute, University of Health Sciences, Lahore (2010)
  • M.B.B.S. Nishtar Medical College , University of Health Sciences, Lahore (2007)


  • Health Services Academy - Associate Professor
  • Al-Shifa School of Public Health - Associate Professor
  • Islamabad Medical & Dental College - Assistant Professor
  • Shifa College of Medicine - Senior Instructor



  • Focused Physical Examination in Family Medicine (CIFM)
  • Basic Communication Skills (CIFM)
  • Research Methodology and SPSS (IMDC)


  • Mercy Corps.
  • HelpAge International
  • Greenstar Social Marketing
  • Neilson International
  • Forum for Dignity, Initiative
  • Aga Khan Health Services
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


  • Helping Babies Breathe – IMDC 2019
  • Al-Shifa Annual Public Health Conference -2022


  1. Abdullah MA, Basharat Z, Shafqaat A, Kamal B, Hasan ZF, Jan AD. Awareness about sexually transmitted infections among Hijra sex workers of Rawalpindi/Islamabad. Pak J Public Health 2012;2:1. p 40-45.
  2. Abdullah MA, Sattar NY. Pakistan’s HIV epidemic: understanding through a health systems approach. Pak J Public Health 2012;2:3.p 26-32.
  3. Abdullah MA, Basharat, Z, Kamal B, Sattar, N. Y., Hassan ZF., Jan AD, Shafqat, A. Is social exclusion pushing the Pakistani Hijras (Transgenders) towards commercial sex work ? a qualitative study. BMC International Health and Human Rights 2012. 12:1, 32.
  4. Abdullah MA, Zahid A, Sattar NY, Ahmad Y. Awareness about bio-medical waste related risks among sanitary staff of public and private hospitals in Rawalpindi. . Pak J Public Health 2013;3:1. p 12 -16.
  5. Abdullah MA, Zahid A, Sattar NY. Susceptibility of Salmonella enterica serotype typhi, to the usual line of antimicrobial treatment in Rawalpindi. Pak J Public Health 2013. 3: 2. p 14 – 18.
  6. Abdullah MA., Basharat, Z., Lodhi, O., Wazir, M. H. K., Khan, H. T., Sattar, N. Y., & Zahid, A. (2014). A qualitative exploration of Pakistan’s street children, as a consequence of the poverty -disease cycle. Infectious diseases of poverty,3(1), 11.
  7. Abdullah MA, Mukhtar, F., Wazir, S., Gilani, I., Gorar, Z., & Shaikh, B. T. (2013). The health workforce crisis in Pakistan: a critical review and the way forward. World health & population, 15(3), 4-12.
  8. Abdullah MA, Yousuf NY, Zahid Adnan. The ethics of doctors going on strike. A cross-sectional survey of Pakistani doctors. PJPH, 4 (1), 15-19.
  9. Abdullah MA, & Shaikh, B. T. (2014). Confusion and denial: Need for systems thinking to understand the HIV epidemic in Pakistan. J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad, 26(3), 396-400.
  10. Abdullah MA, Shaikh BT. Review of HIV response in Pakistan using a system thinking framework. Global health action. 2015 Dec 1;8(1):25820.
  11. Shehroze H, Tayyab W, Usman T, Shakeel Y, Abdullah MA. Awareness of risk factors regarding ischemic heart diseases, among the general population of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Pakistan Journal of Public Health. 2014;4(2):8-11.
  12. Ghazanfar, H., Orooj, F., Abdullah, MA., & Ghazanfar, A. (2015). Ebola, the killer virus. Infectious diseases of poverty, 4(1), 15.
  13. Khattak UK, Iqbal SP, Abdullah MA, Chowhan A. Contraceptive prevalence rate in women of reproductive age in a semi urban community of Islamabad. Journal of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University. 2018;1(1):15-20.
  14. Abdullah MA, Structural Violence and Pakistan’s Health Situation. Journal of Islamabad Medical & Dental College. 2019 Mar 22;8(1):1-2.
  15. Abdullah MA, Rashid F. COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on Countries with Weak Health Systems. Journal of Islamabad Medical & Dental College. 2020 Mar 29;9(1):4-5.
  16. Abdullah MA, Shaikh BT, Ghazanfar H. Curing or causing? HIV/AIDS in health care system of Punjab, Pakistan. Plos one. 2021 Jul 9;16(7):e0254476.
  17. Kumar J, Balaj Sarwar JK, Khan AR, Abdullah MA, Shah SS. Changing Histopathological Trends in Idiopathic Steroid Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome in Pediatric Population. Ann Pak Inst Med Sci April-June. 2021;17(2):146.
  18. Basharat S, Shaikh BT, Abdullah MA. Covid-19 In Pakistan: Where Do We Stand And What Is The Way Forward?. Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC. 2021 Jul 1;33(3):541-4.
  19. Abdullah MA, The Impending threat of  Monkeypox:  Responsiveness  of  Pakistan’s  Health Syetem.J Islamabad Med Dental Coll. 2022; 11(2):60-61.DOI: https://doi.org/10.35787/jimdc.v11i2.892
  20. Khan SY, Rashid F, Ansari SK, Khalid S, Abdullah MA, Farhin S, Yasir SS. The role of social media in COVID-19 to exacerbate anxiety and depression among Pakistani community. Journal of Rawalpindi Medical College. 2022;26(4).
  21. Abdullah MA, Shaikh BT. Investing in the future: prioritizing adolescent health in Pakistan. J Soc Health Sci. 2023;2:1-4.


  1. Abdullah MA, Ahmad Y, Basharat Z. Sex, disease and confusion among Pakistan’s transgenders. Lambert Academic Publishing. Deutschaland. 2013. ISBN: 978 -3-659-38460-8.
  2. Abdullah MA, The Human Infection and Selected Essays. Auraq Publications. Pakistan. 2023. ISBN: 978-969-749-222-0

International Conference Presentations

  • 07th Annual Public Health Conference Dubai, 2018