Ali Mokdad

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology
Professor, Health Metrics Sciences



PhD Quantitative Epidemiology, Emory University, 1997
BS Biostatistics, American University of Beirut, 1984



Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME)
2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600
Box 358210
Seattle, WA 98121


Ali Mokdad, PhD, is Director of Middle Eastern Initiatives and Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In this role, he is building IHME's presence in the Middle East through new research projects, dissemination and uptake of IHME's methods and results, and consultation with regional leaders in population health. IHME was founded in 2007 at the University of Washington to provide better evidence to improve health globally by guiding health policy and funding.

Dr. Mokdad leads IHME's Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Health Tracking project, which is creating an integrated health surveillance system for the Saudi Ministry of Health to monitor long-term and real-time burden of disease. He is also the principal investigator for the Salud Mesoamérica 2015 Initiative impact evaluation.

Prior to joining IHME, Dr. Mokdad worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), starting his career there in 1990. He served in numerous positions with the International Health Program; the Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity; the National Immunization Program; and the National Center for Chronic Diseases Prevention and Health Promotion, where he was Chief of the Behavioral Surveillance Branch.

Dr. Mokdad also managed and directed the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the world’s largest standardized telephone survey, which enables the CDC, state health departments, and other health and education agencies to monitor risk behaviors related to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States.

Dr. Mokdad has published more than 350 articles and numerous reports. He has received several awards, including the Global Health Achievement Award for his work in Banda Aceh after the tsunami, the Department of Health and Human Services Honor Award for his work on flu monitoring, and the Shepard Award for outstanding scientific contribution to public health for his work on BRFSS.

He received his BS in Biostatistics from the American University of Beirut and his PhD in Quantitative Epidemiology from Emory University.

Research Interests

Chronic Diseases; obesity; surveillance; survey methodology; emergency and refugee health

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Estimated Global Proportions of Individuals With Persistent Fatigue, Cognitive, and Respiratory Symptom Clusters Following Symptomatic COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021.
(2022 Oct 25)
JAMA 328(16): 1604-1615
Global Burden of Disease Long COVID Collaborators, Wulf Hanson S, Abbafati C, Aerts JG, Al-Aly Z, Ashbaugh C, Ballouz T, Blyuss O, Bobkova P, Bonsel G, Borzakova S, Buonsenso D, Butnaru D, Carter A, Chu H, De Rose C, Diab MM, Ekbom E, El Tantawi M, Fomin V, Frithiof R, Gamirova A, Glybochko PV, Haagsma JA, Haghjooy Javanmard S, Hamilton EB, Harris G, Heijenbrok-Kal MH, Helbok R, Hellemons ME, Hillus D, Huijts SM, Hultström M, Jassat W, Kurth F, Larsson IM, Lipcsey M, Liu C, Loflin CD, Malinovschi A, Mao W, Mazankova L, McCulloch D, Menges D, Mohammadifard N, Munblit D, Nekliudov NA, Ogbuoji O, Osmanov IM, Peñalvo JL, Petersen MS, Puhan MA, Rahman M, Rass V, Reinig N, Ribbers GM, Ricchiuto A, Rubertsson S, Samitova E, Sarrafzadegan N, Shikhaleva A, Simpson KE, Sinatti D, Soriano JB, Spiridonova E, Steinbeis F, Svistunov AA, Valentini P, van de Water BJ, van den Berg-Emons R, Wallin E, Witzenrath M, Wu Y, Xu H, Zoller T, Adolph C, Albright J, Amlag JO, Aravkin AY, Bang-Jensen BL, Bisignano C, Castellano R, Castro E, Chakrabarti S, Collins JK, Dai X, Daoud F, Dapper C, Deen A, Duncan BB, Erickson M, Ewald SB, Ferrari AJ, Flaxman AD, Fullman N, Gamkrelidze A, Giles JR, Guo G, Hay SI, He J, Helak M, Hulland EN, Kereselidze M, Krohn KJ, Lazzar-Atwood A, Lindstrom A, Lozano R, Malta DC, Månsson J, Mantilla Herrera AM, Mokdad AH, Monasta L, Nomura S, Pasovic M, Pigott DM, Reiner RC Jr, Reinke G, Ribeiro ALP, Santomauro DF, Sholokhov A, Spurlock EE, Walcott R, Walker A, Wiysonge CS, Zheng P, Bettger JP, Murray CJL, Vos T

Burden of thyroid cancer in North Africa and Middle East 1990-2019.
Front Oncol 12(): 955358
Nejadghaderi SA, Moghaddam SS, Azadnajafabad S, Rezaei N, Rezaei N, Tavangar SM, Jamshidi H, Mokdad AH, Naghavi M, Farzadfar F, Larijani B

The burden of prostate cancer in North Africa and Middle East, 1990-2019: Findings from the global burden of disease study.
Front Oncol 12(): 961086
Abbasi-Kangevari M, Saeedi Moghaddam S, Ghamari SH, Azangou-Khyavy M, Malekpour MR, Rezaei N, Rezaei N, Kolahi AA, GBD 2019 NAME Prostate Cancer Collaborators, Amini E, Mokdad AH, Jamshidi H, Naghavi M, Larijani B, Farzadfar F

Worldwide prevalence of maternal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization: A systematic review and meta-analysis.
(2022 Oct)
Microb Pathog 171(): 105743
Nourollahpour Shiadeh M, Sepidarkish M, Mollalo A, As'adi N, Khani S, Shahhosseini Z, Danesh M, Esfandyari S, Mokdad AH, Rostami A

National, sub-national, and risk-attributed burden of thyroid cancer in Iran from 1990 to 2019.
(2022 Aug 2)
Sci Rep 12(1): 13231
Azangou-Khyavy M, Saeedi Moghaddam S, Rezaei N, Esfahani Z, Rezaei N, Azadnajafabad S, Rashidi MM, Mohammadi E, GBD 2019 Iran Thyroid Cancer Collaborators, Tavangar SM, Jamshidi H, Mokdad AH, Naghavi M, Farzadfar F, Larijani B

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