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J. Craig Longenecker, MD, MPH, PhD

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Teaching Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics


MD, Johns Hopkins University
PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Epidemiology
MPH, Johns Hopkins University, Epidemiology
BS, Chemistry, Wheaton College


Dr. Craig Longenecker is a Teaching Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. He joined the department after serving at Kuwait University’s College of Medicine and College of Public Health. During his tenure there, Dr. Longenecker taught a wide range of students, including medical students, medical residents, and public health students at the BSc and MPH levels. As Inaugural Vice-Dean, Academic, in the College of Public Health between 2015 and 2021, he was instrumental in launching the college.

As an educator, he has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including topics in clinical epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, research methods, community medicine, general public health, health promotion and disease prevention.

Dr. Longenecker’s research interests have focused on non-communicable diseases, particularly cardiovascular and renal disease, hypertension, and diabetes. He also has experience in national health surveys in Kuwait such as the World Health Organization STEPS Study and the Kuwait Salt Intake and Renal Disease Study, which have been used to inform public health practice in that country.

Research Interests

  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Renal Disease
  • Diabetes


Al-Zoughool M, Oraby T, Vainio H, Gasana J, Longenecker JC, Alali W, AlSeaidan M, Elsaadany S, Tyshenko MG. (2022) Using a stochastic continuous-time Markov chain model to examine alternative timing and duration of the COVID-19 lockdown in Kuwait: what can be done now?Archives of Public Health. 80(1):22. e-Pub ahead of print: DOI 021-00778-y.

Akl A, Mohiyaldeen I, Alshatti R, Alenezi O, Dougherty R, Al-Raihan A, Alotaibi S, Tadros N, Longenecker JC. (2022) The Prevalence of Burnout and Its Associated Factors Among Surgical Specialists in Kuwait Ministry of Health Hospitals. Frontiers in Public Health. 10-679834. e-Pub:

Oraby T, Tyshenko MG, Maldonado JC, Vatcheva K, Elsaadany S, Alali WQ, Longenecker JC, Al-Zoughool M. (2021) Modeling the effect of lockdown timing as a COVID-19 control measure in countries with differing social contacts. Scientific Reports. 11(1):3354. e-Pub ahead of print:

Gasana J, Vainio H, Longenecker JC, Loney T, Adam B, Al-Zoughool M. (2021) Identification of public health priorities, barriers, and solutions for Kuwait using the modified Delphi method for stakeholder consensus. International Journal of Health Planning and Management. 36(5):1830-1846. e-Pub ahead of print: DOI 10.1002/hpm.3270.

Alali WQ, Bastaki H, Longenecker JC, Aljunid SM, AlSeaidan M. Chehadeh W, Vainio H. (2021) Seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in migrant workers in Kuwait. Journal of Travel Medicine. 28 (2):1-3. e-Pub ahead of print:

Tyshenko MG, Oraby T, Longenecker JC, Vainio H, Gasana J, Alali WQ, AlSeaidan M, ElSaadany S, and Al-Zoughool M. (2021) Analysis of intervention effectiveness using early outbreak transmission dynamics to guide future pandemic management and decision-making in Kuwait. Infectious Disease Modelling. 6:693-705.

Alali WQ, Longenecker JC, Alwotyan R, Al-Kandari H, Al-Mulla F, Al Duwairi Q. (2021) Prevalence of smoking in the Kuwaiti adult population in 2014: a cross-sectional study. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 28(8):10053-10067. e-Pub ahead of print:

Kempen JH, Abashawl A, Suga HK, Difabachew MN, Kempen CJ, Debele MT, Menkir AA, Assefa MT, Asfaw EH, Habtegabriel LB, Addisie YS, Nilles E, Longenecker JC. (2020) SARS-CoV-2 serosurvey in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 103(5):2022-23.

Abdullah A., Alkandari A, Longenecker JC, Devarajan S, Alkhatib A, Al-Wotayan R, Al-Duwairi Q, Tuomilehto, J. (2020) Glycemic control in Kuwaiti diabetes patients treated with glucose-lowering medication. Primary Care Diabetes. 14(4):311-316. e-Pub ahead of print Jan 2020:

Weiderpass E, Botteri E, Longenecker JC, Alkandari A, Al-Wotayan R, Al-Duwairi Q, Tuomilehto J.(2019) The prevalence of overweight and obesity in an adult Kuwaiti population in 2014. Frontiers in Endocrinology (Lausanne). 10(449):1-9.

Alkandari A, Longenecker JC, Barengo NC, Alkhatib A, Weiderpass E, Al-Wotayan R, Al-Duwairi Q. Tuomilehto J. (2018) The prevalence of pre-diabetes and diabetes in the Kuwaiti adult population in 2014. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice. 144:213-223.

Longenecker JC, Waheed S, Bandak G, Murakami CA, McMahon BA, Gelber AC, and Atta MG.(2017) Hyperuricemia after orthotopic liver transplantation: divergent associations with progression of renal disease, incident endstage renal disease, and mortality. BMC Nephrology. 18(103):1-11. DOI 10.1186/s12882-017-0518-5.

Longenecker JC, Estrella MM, Segev DL, and Atta MG. (2015) Patterns of kidney function before and after orthotopic liver transplant: associations with length of hospital stay, progression to end-stage renal disease, and mortality. Transplantation. 99 (12):2556-64.

Siddique I, Al-Azmi W, Al-Ali J, Longenecker JC, Al-Fadli A, Hasan F, Memon A. (2014) Demography and clinical course of ulcerative colitis in Arabs – a study based on the Montreal classification. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology. 49:1432–1440.

Longenecker JC, Al-Faddagh A, Zubaid M, Rashed W, Ridha M, Alenezi F, Alhamdan R, Akbar M,. Bulbanat BY, Al-Suwaidi J. (2013) Adherence to ACC/AHA Performance Measures for Myocardial Infarction in Six Middle-Eastern Countries: Association with In-Hospital Mortality and Clinical Characteristics. International Journal of Cardiology. 167(4):1406–1411. e-Pub ahead of print, Apr 2012: DOI 10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.04.066

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