Burden of Cancer in the United States: Findings from the Global Burden of Disease


Portrait of Ali H. Mokdad, Ph.D.Ali H. Mokdad, Ph.D.
Director, Middle Eastern Initiatives
Professor, Global Health
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Ali Mokdad, Ph.D., is the Director of Middle Eastern Initiatives and a Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) founded in 2007 at the University of Washington. In this role, he is building IHME's presence in the Middle East through new research projects, dissemination and uptake of IHME's methods and results, and consultation with regional leaders in population health.

Professor Mokdad is the also principal investigator for the monitoring and evaluation of the Salud Mesoamerica Initiative where he provides independent evaluation for the public-private partnership between the Mesoamerican countries, private foundations, and bilateral donors. This partnership seeks to reduce inequities in the coverage of basic health services among the poorest populations in Mesoamerica.

Prior to joining IHME, Professor Mokdad began his career in 1990 at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), serving in numerous positions with the International Health Program; the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity; the National Immunization Program; and the National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Health Promotion, where he was Chief of the Behavioral Surveillance Branch.

Professor Mokdad has published more than 450 articles and numerous reports. He has received several awards, including the Global Health Achievement Award for his work in Banda Aceh after the tsunami, the Department of Health and Human Services Honor Award for his work on flu monitoring, and the Shepard Award for outstanding scientific contribution to public health for his work on BRFSS.  He received his B.S. in Biostatistics from the American University of Beirut and his Ph.D. in Quantitative Epidemiology from Emory University.

The Cancer Prevention and Control Colloquia Series features current research findings from guest researchers from a variety of research disciplines. Topics cover current challenges and methods used by investigators to address gaps, advance the field of cancer prevention and control, and promote the application of successful strategies.