Abu Abdullah, MBBS (MD), MPH, PhD, FFPH, a global health expert, is a public health physician and behavioral scientist with expertise in epidemiological, behavioral and health services research. Trained as a family physician, Dr. Abdullah completed his doctorate in Community Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, where his thesis work focused on prevention and control of STD/AIDS in Hong Kong and China. He received an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with a focus on the epidemiology of cigarette smoking among youth. During his Public Health specialization training with the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom (UK), he worked on areas of tobacco dependency treatment/global tobacco control, health services and policy research, and travel and tropical medicine. During his post-doctoral attachment with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, he worked on the European Non-Aggregate AIDS data set to determine the trends in AIDS-defining cancers in Western Europe, and conducted a situation analysis on smoking cessation strategies in the developing world.
He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH) at the UK Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (FHKCCM) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy Medicine (FHKAM). Dr. Abdullah is also a Research Professor of Global Health, Duke University and Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University. He was a member of the editorial board (2000-2010) for the Journal of Travel Medicine, a leading journal in the field of travel and tropical medicine; and an Associate Editor (2015-todate) of the Tobacco Regulatory Science journal. Dr. Abdullah is trilingual in English, Mandarin Chinese and Bengali.
Dr. Abdullah's research interests include: (1) prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by addressing major NCD risk factors (i.e. tobacco use, poor diet and physical inactivity), changing health systems and improving adherence to treatment; (2) health services and policy research among the underserved in the United States and in LMICs; and (3) global health and development. His research also focuses on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and mobile health (mHealth) to promote global health research and training.
Dr. Abdullah has written several book chapters and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications covering several emerging aspects of public health. Periodically, he provides consultancy services on health improvement, global health research and public health policy initiatives to international organizations and governments agencies.