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Associate Professor, Public Health Sciences

I am a health services and policy researcher, and the focus of my scholarly work is to advance knowledge about the value of health services to improve population health. I also focus on investigating about strategies to eliminate health outcomes disparities. Major areas of my research include: Chronic kidney disease management, Cost-effectiveness analysis, and Health policy, health services and outcomes research

  • PhD, Public Health Sciences, Health Policy and Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MPH, Health Services Administration, American University of Beirut
  • B.S., Biology, American University of Beirut


What prompted you to pursue your field?

Medical and public health knowledge have improved drastically over the past decades with major advances in both disciplines. A strong research agenda is needed to investigate and implement these improvements to practice and policy.

What's it like to teach at Parkinson?

Students in our programs have diverse backgrounds in terms of fields of study and work experiences, which enhances mutual learning and engaging communication in educational settings. Currently I teach Health services research methods (MPBH 416) and Public Health Policy: Concepts and Practice (MPBH 407).

Why is this area of study important at this point in time?

U.S. healthcare expenditures are on the rise. In 2019 we spent about 18% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on healthcare that continues to be inequitable and inefficient. A recent article published in JAMA (October 2019) estimated that a conservative 25% of the U.S. healthcare spending does not generate value. Much work in terms of researching and advocating for effective and efficient health policies and interventions is needed.


Here is a link to my publications.