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Keeping Up with Global Health

From the Show: The Wizard of Eyes
Summary: Dr. Abel welcomes the well-traveled family doctor, Dr. Omar Khan, to share his interests in global health.
Air Date: 2/15/16
Duration: 10
Host: Robert Abel, Jr., MD
Guest Bio: Omar A. Khan, MD, MHS, FAAFP
Omar KhanOmar A. Khan, M.D., MHS, FAAFP, is Service Line Leader, Primary Care & Community Medicine, and Medical Director for Community Health & the Eugene duPont Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute. He also serves as Associate Vice Chair of the Department of Family & Community Medicine.

Dr. Khan is a practicing family physician with particular interests in general primary care, health systems improvement, medical education, and global health. He also serves as Director of the Global Health Residency Track in Family Medicine, and Co-Director for the Community Engagement & Outreach component of the multi-site Clinical & Translational Research (CTR) program (ACCEL).

He is on the clinical faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and Jefferson Medical College and on the medical staff of Christiana Care and AI DuPont Hospital for Children. He is Associate Director of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance, a collaboration between the four major medical institutions in our area. Omar has previously served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he directed the Global Health electives in the Dept. of Family Medicine.

Omar is a graduate of Wilmington Friends School, received his BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania, MD and residency from the University of Vermont, and public health degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He also completed a mini-fellowship in Geriatrics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Omar has authored over 65 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and is part of the referee panel for a variety of academic journals, including JAMA, the American Journal of Public Health, the Lancet, AIDS, American Family Physician, the British Medical Journal and others. He is on the editorial boards of several journals, including serving as Section Editor for Global Health for BMC Public Health. He has authored or co-authored four books in the area of global health, including Readings in Global Health co-edited with Sir Michael Marmot; The End of Polio? with Tim Brookes; and Megacities & Global Health co-edited with Dr. Gregory Pappas.

He serves on the annual Holloway Infectious Disease Symposium planning committee, the American Public Health Association annual conference program, and chairs the annual DHSA Global Health Symposium. He is appointed to the State's Youth Tobacco Prevention Committee, and the Healthy Neighborhoods committee of the Delaware Center for Health Innovation (a CMMI-funded state innovation model).

Omar has been named a ‘Top Doc’ by Philadelphia magazine and has received the Recent Alumnus of the Year award from Wilmington Friends School; Alumnus of the Year award and the Resident Teacher of the Year award from the University of Vermont; the AAFP/Pfizer Teaching Development Award; the Executive Director’s Citation from the APHA; and the Leonard F. Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Arnold F. Gold Foundation. He is a Past President of the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians and is currently Secretary of the Delaware Academy of Medicine, Board member of the Christiana Care VNA and a Trustee of Christiana Care Health System.

When not engaged in the above, Omar attempt to prune his growing stack of unread periodicals and tends to assorted automobiles in various states of disrepair. He attempts to eat healthy and exercise and is occasionally successful at doing so.
Keeping Up with Global Health
Dr. Omar Khan has traveled the world, meeting with numerous global leaders in his quest to understand the public health needs of many societies.

Dr. Khan joins The Wizard of Eyes host, Dr. Abel, to share how he keeps informed on major developments, nutritional needs, and infectious diseases like the Zika virus, which is currently problematic in Brazil and other South and Central American countries. 

He explains that using various forms of social media, news outlets, and the CDC website is a great way to keep yourself informed about the world around you.