Zulfiqar Bhutta, PhD
Adjunct Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

MBBS, Khyber Medical College
PhD, Karolinska Institutet

Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is Husein Laljee Dewraj Professor and the Founding Chair of the Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. He also holds adjunct professorships in International Health & Family and Community Medicine at the departments of International Health at the Boston University and Tufts University, Boston respectively. He was designated a Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan in 2007. He is also the Dean of the faculty of Paediatrics of the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Pakistan and the Chairman of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan.

Professor Bhutta was educated at the University of Peshawar, MBBS, and obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Scotland, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He has served numerous advisory committees and is currently an executive committee member of the International Paediatric Association and on the Board of the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, PMNCH, as well a council member for the International Society for Infectious diseases, ISID, and the governing council for the World Alliance for Patient Safety Research. He is a member of the Quantitative Vaccine Research, QUIVER, advisory group of WHO, the Advisory Committee for Health Research of WHO EMRO, and its apex Regional Consultative Committee.

Professor Bhutta’s research interests include newborn and child survival, maternal and child undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. He is on several international editorial advisory boards including the Lancet, BMJ, PLoS Medicine, PLoS ONE and the Cochrane ARI group. Professor Bhutta has published four books, 55 book chapters, and over 320 indexed publications to date. He leads a large research group based in Pakistan with a special interest in research synthesis, scaling up evidence based interventions in community settings and health systems research.

He has won several awards, including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan for contributions towards education and research (2000), the President of Pakistan Gold Medal for contributions to Child Health in Pakistan (2004) and the Outstanding Paediatrician of Asia award by the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (2006). Professor Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Global Child Health award (2009) by the Program for Global Pediatric Research for outstanding contributions to Global Child Health and Research and has recently been elected an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics for contributions to international child health.

2017 National Institute of Child Health. Government of Kyrgyzstan: Appointed Hon Scientist & Professor
2017 RBC Top 25 Immigrants of Canada Award
2017 Canada Pakistan Association Canada 150 Achievement Award
2017 BMJ South Asia Award for Outsanding Contributions
2017 Named among Top 1% Highly Cited Researchers Globally
2017 Senate of Canada 150 Medal for contributions to Health & Society
2016 Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh: James Lind Lectureship
2016 Centers for Disease Control: Shepard Science Award Lectureship
2016 University of Toledo: Inducted to Medical Missions Hall of Fame
2016 McKinsey Geneva Forum for Health Award for contributions to Global Maternal and Child Health
2016 American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene: The President’s Commemorative Fund Lecture
2016 President of Pakistan Pride of Performance Award for achievements in Health Education
2016 The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) award for achievement in Medical Sciences
2015 Canada Pakistan Business Council: Professional of the Year Award
2015 TUBA Academy of Sciences International Award for Health Sciences
2014 WHO Ihsan Dogramaci Global Prize in Family Health (Geneva) awarded at The World Health Assembly
2014 American Academy of Pediatrics: Samuel J Fomon Award for Lifetime contributions in Nutrition
2014 University of Winnipeg: Harvey Medovy Lecturership
2013 Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Toronto: Henderson Lecture
2013 University of Western Australia: MacDonald Lecture & Professorship
2013 American Aacdemy of Pediatrics: Christopherson Lecturership
2012 Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health: Global Advocacy Prize
2011 Cochrane Colloquium: Kenneth Warren Prize for best Cochrane Review 2011
2010 University of Warwick: Windermere Lecturer Royal College of Pediatrics & Child Health Annual Meeting
2009 Boston University: Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Global Health
2009 American Academy of Pediatrics: Honorary Fellowship
2008 Institute of Medicine, USA: Appointed to the Commission for Professional Health Education
2008 Program for Global Pediatric Research Global Child Health Award
2007 Higher Education Commission, Government of Pakistan: Appointed Distinguished National Professor
2007 University of British Columbia: Hillman Memorial Lecturer
2007 Boston University: Alpert Lecture
2006 Outstanding Paediatrician of Asia Award
2005 Aga Khan University: Distinguished Faculty Award for Research
2004 President of Pakistan: Gold Medal for services to Child Health in Pakistan
2001 Harvard School of Public Health: Scholarship to attend Higher Professional Training Workshop
2000 President of Pakistan: Awarded “Tamgha-i-Imtiaz” (Medal of Excellence) for contributions to Education & Research
1999 Nestle Nutrition Research Scholarship
1998 CME Programs AKU: Outstanding Speaker Award
1997 Pakistan Award for Publication of Articles in International Biomedical Journals : National Book Foundation
1997 International Union of Nutrition Sciences Montreal 1997: Young Investigator Award
1996-1998 Swedish Institute: Visiting Scientist Support Grant
1996 CME Programs AKU: Outstanding Speaker Award
1995 The Aga Khan University: Faculty Development Award
1995 New England Epidemiology Institute, Tufts University: Academic Support Scholarship
1994 Swedish Institute: Scholarship
1993 Nestle Foundation, Geneva: Nutrition Research Scholarship
1992 Paediatric Research Society (UK): Overseas travelling scholarship
1991 Karachi Airport Lions Club: Outstanding service award
1991 The Aga Khan University: Faculty Development Award
1990 Royal College of Physicians: Myre Sims Travel Award
1990 Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh: Fellowship
1984 Certificate of Merit (best presentation) Symposium on Paediatric Ophthalmology (Jeddah)
1977 Khyber Medical College University of Peshawar Gold Medal: “Best Graduate of the Year” Gold Medal
1975 University of Peshawar: Pfizer Gold Medal in Pharmacology
1972-1977 Govt of Pakistan: National Talent Scholarship
1970-1972 Govt of NWFP: BISE Merit Scholarship
1969 Rotary Student travelling scholarship
Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Bhutta ZA. Balancing the benefits of maternal nutritional interventions; time to put women first! Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 Feb 05. PMID: 30721972.
  2. Villar J, Fernandes M, Purwar M, Staines-Urias E, Di Nicola P, Cheikh Ismail L, Ochieng R, Barros F, Albernaz E, Victora C, Kunnawar N, Temple S, Giuliani F, Sandells T, Carvalho M, Ohuma E, Jaffer Y, Noble A, Gravett M, Pang R, Lambert A, Bertino E, Papageorghiou A, Garza C, Stein A, Bhutta Z, Kennedy S. Neurodevelopmental milestones and associated behaviours are similar among healthy children across diverse geographical locations. Nat Commun. 2019 Jan 30; 10(1):511. PMID: 30700709.
  3. Maixenchs M, Anselmo R, Martínez Pérez G, Oruko K, Agnandji ST, Angoissa Minsoko PC, Diarra K, Djiteye M, Bhutta ZA, Zaidi S, Carrilho C, Sanz A, Ordi J, Menendez C, Bassat Q, Munguambe K. Socio-anthropological methods to study the feasibility and acceptability of the minimally invasive autopsy from the perspective of local communities: lessons learnt from a large multi-centre study. Glob Health Action. 2019; 12(1):1559496. PMID: 30712476.
  4. Das JK, Hadi YB, Salam RA, Hoda M, Lassi ZS, Bhutta ZA. Fly control to prevent diarrhoea in children. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2018 12 17; 12:CD011654. PMID: 30556598.
  5. Keats EC, Rappaport AI, Shah S, Oh C, Jain R, Bhutta ZA. The Dietary Intake and Practices of Adolescent Girls in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review. Nutrients. 2018 Dec 14; 10(12). PMID: 30558128.
  6. Hanson M, Bhutta ZA, Dain K, Fuchtner C, Hod M. Intergenerational burden and risks of NCDs: need to promote maternal and child health. Lancet. 2018 Dec 08; 392(10163):2422-2423. PMID: 30527402.
  7. Das JK, Akseer N, Mirzazada S, Peera Z, Noorzada O, Armstrong CE, Mukhtar K, Naeem AJ, Bhutta ZA. Scaling up primary health services for improving reproductive, maternal, and child health: a multisectoral collaboration in the conflict setting of Afghanistan. BMJ. 2018 Dec 07; 363:k4986. PMID: 30530529.
  8. Keats EC, Akseer N, Bhatti Z, Macharia W, Ngugi A, Rizvi A, Bhutta ZA. Assessment of Inequalities in Coverage of Essential Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, and Adolescent Health Interventions in Kenya. JAMA Netw Open. 2018 Dec 07; 1(8):e185152. PMID: 30646326.
  9. Khowaja AR, Mitton C, Qureshi R, Bryan S, Magee LA, von Dadelszen P, Bhutta ZA. A comparison of maternal and newborn health services costs in Sindh Pakistan. PLoS One. 2018; 13(12):e0208299. PMID: 30521575.
  10. Nixon SA, Lee K, Bhutta ZA, Blanchard J, Haddad S, Hoffman SJ, Tugwell P. Canada's global health role - Authors' reply. Lancet. 2018 Dec 01; 392(10162):2350-2351. PMID: 30527612.
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Newborn Survival
Child Undernutrition
Micronutrient Deficiency
Maternal Undernutrition
Children Survival
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