Director, Health and Science Research
As Director of Health and Science Research, Dr. Muhammad Ahmed provides strategic direction on the research agenda for the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. In this role, he is responsible for identifying research gaps, developing and reviewing requests for proposals, and assessing the performance of grants.
Dr. Ahmed is an accomplished, award-winning physician-researcher, who successfully managed several high-profile research projects and has significant experience conducting clinical studies that are both compliant with applicable regulations and performed with scientific accuracy. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Ahmed was a Supervising Research Scientist at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey/NJ State Cancer Registry, where he designed and conducted studies, and managed and led study activities.
Previously, as the Coordinator of the Zika project at the NJ American Academy of Pediatrics/NJ Department of Health, Dr. Ahmed coordinated a team of health professionals for a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sponsored Zika project, which was a multidimensional epidemiology program. Previously, as a Public Health Advisor for the CDC, he designed and executed an epidemiological study on the incidence and prevalence of various chronic diseases, describing the role of various social factors on their clinical course. In his early career, Dr. Ahmed worked as a general physician in secondary and tertiary care hospitals in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Ahmed holds a doctorate in Medicine from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan and a master’s degree in Public Health from New York University.