Kamiar Alaei, MD, MPH, MS, DrPH

Associate Dean for Global and Interdisciplinary Research and Public Service Professor
Specialization: Health Policy & Human Rights,
Health Diplomacy

Department of Public Administration & Policy

365 Business Administration Building (Uptown)

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About Professor Alaei

Kamiar Alaei serves as the Associate Dean for Global and Interdisciplinary Research, public service professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, the founding Director of the University at Albany’s Global Institute for Health and Human Rights (GIHHR) and the Advance Certificate in International Health and Human Rights.

In 2000, Kamiar and his brother Arash co-founded the first "Triangular Clinic" in Iran for People Living with HIV/AIDS, documented by the UN/WHO as a "Best Practice Model. Over the past fifteen years, his main focus has been on HIV/AIDS, drug policy, the linkage between health and human rights law, and health diplomacy in the most challenging region, Middle East. Following their work, Kamiar and Arash were illegally imprisoned by the Iranian government from 2008-2011, however, imprisonment didn’t stop them to continue their life passion on health initiatives even for their peer prisoners inside prison. After release, Alaei has been mainly a Principal Investigator for over $6 million federal and international grants. In 2002, before coming to the US, together with a couple of international consultants, he authored a major proposal to develop HIV/AIDS programs in Iran, which was awarded $15.8 million by the Global Fund.
Alaei has authored and co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entry and commentaries in venues including the Lancet Global Health and British Medical Journal and he has been featured or interviewed by major academic journals such as Nature, Science and the Lancet. He has been invited as a guest/keynote speaker at several prestige organizations such as National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, New York Academy of Sciences, Physicians for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Global Health Council.

Kamiar Alaei earned his Medical Doctorate (MD) from Isfahan Medical University, his Master of Public Health (MPH) in epidemiology from Tehran Medical University – two of the top universities in Iran – his Master of Science in International Health from Harvard University with full scholarship, his second doctoral degree in Health Policy and Management from SUNY, University at Albany, and his Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law with scholarship from University of Oxford.

He was selected as one of the 21st century young leaders in Asia in 2008 by Asia Society. Among several awards, he received Heinz R. Pagels Human Rights of Scientists Award from the New York Academy of Science (2009), the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights from the Global Health Council (2011), the Inaugural Award for Leadership in Health and Human Rights from PAHO/WHO (2011), the Inaugural Elizabeth Taylor Award in Recognition of Efforts to Advocate for Human Rights in the field of HIV from AMFAR (2012), and Ellis Island Medal of Honor by NECO (2015) for his significant contributions to the society.


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