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Dr Muhammad Ahmed Abdullah

Honorary Visiting Fellow

Vision and Eye Research Institute

Faculty of Health, Medicine and Social Care
School of Medicine
Research Supervision:

Dr Muhammad Ahmed Abdullah, an accomplished and esteemed medical professional, holds an impressive array of qualifications, including an MBBS, MPH, MCPS in Family Medicine, CHPE, and a PhD in Public Health. With expertise as a Consultant Family Physician and Public Health Academician, he currently serves as an Associate Professor in Public Health.

Ahmed's research interests encompass health systems, family medicine, and mental health. He is a prolific writer, contributing frequently to both newspapers and scientific journals.

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Ahmed is a highly accomplished public health professional and consultant family physician with a remarkable academic background. He holds a PhD in Public Health from the prestigious Health Services Academy, along with qualifications such as CHPE (Health Professionals Education) and MCPS (Family Medicine).

With over 10 years of teaching experience and 15 years of clinical medicine experience, he has excelled in various roles, including teaching, research, healthcare administration, and advocacy.

Ahmed's areas of expertise lie in health systems, family medicine, and mental health, and he has made significant contributions to the field through his publications in scientific journals and frequent newspaper articles.

Known for his multidisciplinary approach, Ahmed brings a unique perspective to his work, informed by his extensive clinical exposure and academic pursuits. His insights into societal issues, coupled with his diverse skill set, encompassing fields such as behavioral biology, psychology, philosophy, comparative religions, and history, make him a well-rounded professional.

With his strong leadership abilities and commitment to improving public health, Ahmed continues to have a profound impact on communities in Pakistan and beyond, advancing the field of public health through his research, teaching, and advocacy efforts.

Spoken Languages

  • Urdu (mother tongue)
  • Punjabi
  • Arabic (beginner level)
  • Persian (beginner level)
  • Pashto (beginner level)

Research interests

  • Health systems
  • Primary healthcare
  • Mental health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Social determinants of health

Areas of research supervision

  • Health systems research
  • Mental health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Qualitative research in health


  • Public health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Healthcare and universal health coverage in low income settings


  • MBBS, Medicine and Surgery, Nishtar Medical College, University of Health Sciences Lahore
  • MPH, Public Health, University of Health Sciences Lahore
  • MCPS, Family Medicine, College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan
  • CHPE, Health Professionals Education, National University of Medical Sciences, Pakistan
  • PhD, Public Health, Health Services Academy, Quaid E Azam University, Islamabad

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member/MCPS, College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Managing Editor, Journal of Social & Health Sciences
  • Visiting Faculty, Central Institute of Family Medicine
  • Visiting Faculty, Health Services Academy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Consultant, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Self-administered injectible family planning techniques in Sindh, 2022
  • Consultant, UNICEF/(KAP) – Study of MNCH/FP Self-Care and Care-Seeking in 6 Districts of Sindh Pakistan, 2011

Selected recent publications

Abdullah, M. A. and Shaikh, B. T. (2023). 'Investing in the future: prioritizing adolescent health in Pakistan', J Soc.

Khan, S. Y., Rashid, F., Ansari, S. K., Khalid, S., Abdullah, M. A., Farhin, S. and Yasir, S. S. (2022) 'The role of social media in COVID-19 to exacerbate anxiety and depression among the Pakistani community', Journal of Rawalpindi Medical College, 26(4).

Abdullah, M. A. (2022) 'The Impending threat of Monkeypox: Responsiveness of Pakistan’s Health System', J Islamabad Med Dental Coll, 11(2), pp. 60-61.

Basharat, S., Shaikh, B. T. and Abdullah, M. A. (2021) 'Covid-19 In Pakistan: Where Do We Stand And What Is The Way Forward?', Journal of Ayub Medical College Abbottabad, 33(3), pp. 541-544.

Kumar, J., Balaj Sarwar, J. K., Khan, A. R., Abdullah, M. A. and Shah, S. S. (2021) 'Changing Histopathological Trends in Idiopathic Steroid Resistant Nephrotic Syndrome in the Pediatric Population', Ann Pak Inst Med Sci, 17(2), pp. 146.

Abdullah, M. A., Shaikh, B. T. and Ghazanfar, H. (2021) 'Curing or causing? HIV/AIDS in the health care system of Punjab, Pakistan', PLOS ONE, 16(7), e0254476.

Abdullah, M. A. and Rashid, F. (2020) 'COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on Countries with Weak Health Systems', Journal of Islamabad Medical & Dental College, 9(1), pp. 4-5.

Abdullah, M. A. (2019) 'Structural Violence and Pakistan’s Health Situation', Journal of Islamabad Medical & Dental College, 8(1), pp. 1-2.

Khattak, U. K., Iqbal, S. P., Abdullah, M. A. and Chowhan, A. (2018) 'Contraceptive prevalence rate in women of reproductive age in a semi-urban community of Islamabad', Journal of Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University, 1(1), pp. 15-20.

Ghazanfar, H., Orooj, F., Abdullah, M. A. and Ghazanfar, A. (2015) 'Ebola, the killer virus', Infectious diseases of poverty, 4(1), pp. 15.

Shehroze, H., Tayyab, W., Usman, T., Shakeel, Y. and Abdullah, M. A. (2014) 'Awareness of risk factors regarding ischemic heart diseases, among the general population of Rawalpindi and Islamabad', Pakistan Journal of Public Health

Abdullah, M. A. and Shaikh, B. T. (2015) 'Review of HIV response in Pakistan using a system thinking framework', Global health action, 8(1), 25820.

Abdullah, M. A. and Shaikh, B. T. (2014) 'Confusion and denial: Need for systems thinking to understand the HIV epidemic in Pakistan', J Ayub Med Coll Abbottabad, 26(3), pp. 396-400.

Abdullah, M. A., Yousuf, N. Y. and Zahid, A. (2014) 'The ethics of doctors going on strike. A cross-sectional survey of Pakistani doctors', PJPH, 4(1), pp. 15-19.

Abdullah, M. A., Mukhtar, F., Wazir, S., Gilani, I., Gorar, Z. and Shaikh, B. T. (2013) 'The health workforce crisis in Pakistan: a critical review and the way forward', World health & population, 15(3), pp. 4-12.

Abdullah, M. A., Basharat, Z., Lodhi, O., Wazir, M. H. K., Khan, H. T., Sattar, N. Y. and Zahid, A. (2014) 'A qualitative exploration of Pakistan’s street children, as a consequence of the poverty-disease cycle', Infectious diseases of poverty, 3(1), pp. 11.

Abdullah, M. A., Zahid, A. and Sattar, N. Y. (2013) 'Susceptibility of Salmonella enterica serotype typhi, to the usual line of antimicrobial treatment in Rawalpindi', Pak J Public Health, 3(2), pp. 14-18.

Abdullah, M. A., Zahid, A., Sattar, N. Y. and Ahmad, Y. (2013) 'Awareness about bio-medical waste related risks among sanitary staff of public and private hospitals in Rawalpindi', Pak J Public Health, 3(1), pp. 12-16.

Abdullah, M. A., Basharat, Z., Kamal, B., Sattar, N. Y., Hassan, Z. F., Jan, A. D. and Shafqat, A. (2012) 'Is social exclusion pushing the Pakistani Hijras (Transgenders) towards commercial sex work? a qualitative study', BMC International Health and Human Rights, 12(1), pp. 32.

Abdullah, M. A. and Sattar, N. Y. (2012) 'Pakistan’s HIV epidemic: understanding through a health systems approach', Pak J Public Health, 2(3), pp. 26-32.

Abdullah, M. A., Basharat, Z., Shafqaat, A., Kamal, B., Hasan, Z. F. and Jan, A. D. (2012) 'Awareness about sexually transmitted infections among Hijra sex workers of Rawalpindi/Islamabad', Pak J Public Health, 2(1), pp. 40-45.

Media experience

Visit Ahmed's Facebook page to view his media appearances.

Ahmed is a regular writer in the Pakistan Observer. He has compiled all his articles as a book named The Human Infection and Selected Essays, which can be shared on request.