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Ali Mokdad

Adjunct Professor, Health Services
Professor, Global Health (primary appt.)
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology


PhD   Emory University, 1997   (Quantitative Epidemiology)
BS   American University of Beirut, 1984   (Biostatistics)

Contact Info


Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600
Box 358210
Seattle, WA 98121

voice:   206-897-2849


Ali Mokdad, PhD, is Director of Middle Eastern Initiatives and Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) 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. IHME was founded in 2007 at the University of Washington to provide better evidence to improve health globally by guiding health policy and funding.

Dr. Mokdad leads IHME's Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Health Tracking project, which is creating an integrated health surveillance system for the Saudi Ministry of Health to monitor long-term and real-time burden of disease. He is also the principal investigator for the Salud Mesoamérica 2015 Initiative impact evaluation.

Prior to joining IHME, Dr. Mokdad worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), starting his career there in 1990. He served 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.

Dr. Mokdad also managed and directed the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the world’s largest standardized telephone survey, which enables the CDC, state health departments, and other health and education agencies to monitor risk behaviors related to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Dr. Mokdad has published more than 350 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 BS in Biostatistics from the American University of Beirut and his PhD in Quantitative Epidemiology from Emory University.

Chronic Diseases; obesity; surveillance; survey methodology; emergency and refugee health

Developing and Pilot Testing a Framework for Tobacco Surveillance in Sub-Saharan Africa
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
PI:   Gakidou           Dates:    6/17/2016 - 3/31/2017

Cost and Impact of Interventions on Future Projections of Diarrhea Burden
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
PI:   Mokdad           Dates:    7/1/2015 - 6/30/2018

Research Project 3: Adolescent health and the Global Burden of Disease 2013 Study: the state of knowledge and gaps in information
University of Melbourne
PI:   Mokdad           Dates:    6/1/2015 - 8/31/2015

Updated diarrhea mortality etiology incorporating results of GEMS re-analysis of archived specimens by qPCR
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
PI:   Forouzanfar           Dates:    2/1/2015 - 1/31/2017

Analysis to understand and overcome the growing gap in US women’s life expectancies
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
PI:   Murray           Dates:    10/1/2014 - 9/30/2015

GCE11 One Health - Measuring the impact of animal productivity on human health: revising the DALY metric
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
PI:   Mokdad           Dates:    11/1/2013 - 4/30/2015

Salud Mesoamerica 2015 – Monitoring and Evaluation Follow up Survey 18 and 36 months
Inter-American Development Bank
PI:   Mokdad           Dates:    9/1/2013 - 8/31/2016

Small Area Estimation and Validation of County Health Risk Factors
University of Wisconsin, Madison
PI:   Mokdad           Dates:    3/1/2013 - 2/28/2014

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Burden of Disease
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
PI:   Mokdad           Dates:    11/1/2010 - 10/31/2015

National Center for Cognitive Informatics and Decision Making in Healthcare
University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
PI:   Butler           Dates:    4/1/2010 - 3/31/2014