PROF. KAMIAR ALAEI
Distinguished Visiting Global Health Scholar
Dornsife School of Public Health
Title: “A Human Rights-based Approach to Global Health in Conversation Social Settings”
Professor Alaei (MD, Isfahan Medical University; MPH, Epidemiology, Tehran Medical University; MS, International Health, Harvard University; Dr Ph, Health Policy and Management, SUNY, University at Albany; MSt, International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford) is a Distinguished Visiting Global Health Scholar at the Dornsife School of Public Health and also a visiting academic (professor) at St. Antony College at University of Oxford. He is the Co-President of the Institute for International Health and Education, (IIHE) and was formerly the founding director of the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights and the Associate Dean for Global and Interdisciplinary Research at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.
Along with his brother, he innovated the ‘Triangular Clinics’ which offered services for people living with HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) and Injecting Drug Users (IDU) – a first in the Middle East region and one that was documented by the United Nations/World Health Organization as a ‘Best Practice.’ Among several awards, he received the Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award from the New York Academy of Science (2009), the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights from the Global Health Council (2011), and the Inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award in Recognition of Efforts to Advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV from AMFAR (2012) and Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the NECO (2015).
His diversified research interest includes health rights and HIV law; infectious chronic disease epidemiology and prevention; social and behavioral studies on people who inject drugs (PWID); health care delivery for PLWH; health economics and social rights; health devolution; global health and HIV policy; immigrant health; and health disparities among vulnerable populations such as PWID, sex workers, LGBTI, gang members and prisoners.