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Kamiar Alaei, MD, MPH, MS, DrPH, MSt

Kamiar Alaei

Distinguished Visiting Global Health Scholar
Office of Global Health
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MD, Isfahan Medical University; MPH, Epidemiology, Tehran Medical University; MS, International Health, Harvard University; DrPh, Health Policy and Management, SUNY, University at Albany; MSt, International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford


Professor Alaei 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 an award winning human rights advocate and social entrepreneur. He is 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 at SUNY.

Along with his brother, he innovated the ‘Triangular Clinics’ which offered medical care, counseling and support 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.’ He co-founded the IIHE which promote and protect right to health and education for disadvantaged populations in the most affected countries in the Middle East and Central Asia.

Dr. Alaei was selected as a 21st century young leaders in Asia in 2008 by Asia Society. 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), the Inaugural Award for Leadership in Health and Human Rights from PAHO/WHO (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), some of the previous awardees include seven U.S. Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize laureates.

He has led several interdisciplinary research projects on stigmatized health issues among neglected populations in understudied conservative social settings in the Middle East and Central Asia such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey.

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.

Research Interests

  • Global Health
  • Health Disparities
  • Immigrant Health
  • Infectious Disease


Kamiar Alaei, Sedef Akgüngör, *Sayyida Hassan, *Allyson Marshall, *Weng-Fong Chao, Arash Alaei. “Women’s Rights, Health and Development: An Analysis of the Correlation between the Protection of Women’s Economic and Social Rights, with Health Improvement and Sustainable Development”. British Medical Journal (BMJ) Open (In Press) February 2019.

Akgüngör S, Alaei K, Harrington A, *Chao W, Alaei A. “Human Rights Promotion on Protection of Health: A Cross Country Analysis”. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare (Recommended for Publication) February 2019.

Alaei A, Mishkin K*, Alaei K, Bilici R, Altice F. Hepatitis C Screening in Inpatient Addiction Treatment Settings in Istanbul Turkey: Implications for Integrating Treatment Services. Heroin Addiction and Related Clinical Problems. (In Press) December 2018.

*Mishkin K;Alaei K; Alikeyevaca E; *Paynter C; Aringazina A; Alaei A. Social and demographic factors associated with drug resistant TB among people living with HIV in Kazakhstan. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. (In press) December 2018.

*Mishkin K, Alaei K, Alikeyeva E, *Paynter C, Aringazina A, Alaei A, Association between ARV and TB drug resistance on TB treatment outcome among Kazakh TB/HIV patients. Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance. September 2018, Volume 14, Pages 104-108.

Alaei A, *Mishkin K, Karimov S, Saidi D, Alaei K. “Hepatitis C infection among HIV- positive Injection Drug Users and Non-Injection Drug Users in Tajikistan”. Hepatitis Monthly. 2018 March; 18(3):e64860.

Alaei A, Nautiyal N, Mishkin K, Saifuddin Karimov D, Saidi D, Alaei K. Factors associated with linkage to care for HIV patients in Tajikistan. International Journal of STD & AIDS. Oct;29 2017. (12):1183-1189

Alaei, K, *Sarwar, M, Alaei A, The Urgency to Mitigate the Spread of Hepatitis C in Pakistan Through Blood Transfusion Reform. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. (IJHPM) October 2017. 6(x):1–3

Alaei A, Alaei K, *Waye K, Tracy M, Nalbandyan M, Mutlu E, Cetin MK. Hepatitis C Infection and Other Drug Related Harms among Inpatients Who Injected Drugs in Turkey. Journal of Viral Hepatitis. December 2016. Vol 23 (12); p1-10.

Alaei K, Paynter C, *Juan S, Alaei A. Using PrEP, Losing Condoms? PrEP Promotion May Undermine Safe Sex. AIDS. Nov 2016 28; 30(18):2753-2756.

Alaei K, Sarwar M, *Shao-Chiu J; Alaei A. Healthcare and the Preventable Silent Killer: The Growing Epidemic of Hepatitis C in Pakistan. Hepatitis Monthly, Oct. 2016 Vol 16; 10.

Mutlu, E, Kemal Cetin, M, Alaei, A, Waye, K, Tracy, M, Alaei K. (2016). Correlates of drug use among individuals admitted to public and private treatment facilities in Turkey. Journal of Drug and Alcohol Dependence. July 2016. 164: 71-81.

Alaei K, Alaei A; Fox Ashley. Strengthening US– Iranian relations through public health. The Lancet Global Health. September 2015. Vol 3, e525–e526.

Alaei A; Alaei K. Drug users need more choices at addiction treatment facilities. British Medical Journal (BMJ). March 2013; 346:f1520.

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