Elected October 2012
Term Ending: November 2016
Ayman El-Mohandes, MBBCh, MD, MPH, is Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). He is a Board-certified pediatrician and neonatologist and a perinatal epidemiologist, with a career combining clinical and public health expertise in maternal-neonatal health and elimination of health disparities.
Dr. El-Mohandes has led a productive career dedicated to academia. He was among the founding faculty of the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University Medical Center, where he established the Master of Public Health program in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and chaired the Department of Prevention and Community Health. He has focused on collaborating with departments of health and community organizations, and much of his work has directly impacted both national and global communities. Dr. El-Mohandes was a Principal Investigator for 17 years on the NIH-DC Initiative to Reduce Infant Mortality in Minority Populations. His research addressed the influence of contextual socio-demographic and behavioral risks in African American families on health care utilization and pregnancy outcomes. His research fosters an understanding of the importance of integrating psycho-social and behavioral interventions during prenatal care to improve pregnancy outcomes in underserved populations. Dr. El-Mohandes was a senior consultant to global MCH programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development in Egypt and Indonesia, applying his expertise to reducing infant and maternal mortality in resource-poor nations. As Dean, he led the new College of Public Health at UNMC in its successful application for initial accreditation, with significant expansion of faculty and students. The College plays an integral role in promoting the public health agenda of Nebraska and the region. Two newly-funded centers for public health training and agricultural health and safety address grassroots public health challenges and support training of the public health workforce. Interventions designed by Dr. El-Mohandes are considered innovative and evidence-based by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Dr. El-Mohandes was born in Egypt and is fluent in English, Arabic, and French. In 2001, he received the highest honor awarded by George Washington University Medical Center as Distinguished Researcher of the Year. Dr. El-Mohandes has published over 100 articles and abstracts and has been an invited speaker to more than 100 international, national, and regional conferences.