Hubert Department of Global Health Faculty


Mohammed K. Ali  

Updated: 07/15/2013    [update]
Assistant Professor


Department of:
Hubert Department of Global Health

Hubert Department of Global Health
1518 Clifton Road NE, Room 7037
Atlanta, GA 30322
tel: 404-727-9776
fax: 404-727-3350

MBChB, 2003, University of Cape Town, South Africa
MSc Cardiovascular Medicine, 2006, University of Oxford, UK
MSc Global Health Sciences, 2007, University of Oxford, UK
MBA, 2012, Emory University
Additional Appointment(s):
IPA Consultant, Division of Diabetes Translation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Courses Taught:
GH 509: Knowledge Translation - the art and science of bridging the gap between
GH 534: Diabetes: A Model for Global Non-communicable Disease Prevention and Control
Career Overview:

I am a product of 4 continents (grew up in Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and South Africa; and have subsequently been fortunate to study, work, and live in the U.K., Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, and now the U.S). I obtained my medical degree in Cape Town, and subsequently studied at the University of Oxford obtaining master's training in cardiovascular diseases research and a degree in global public health. I also completed my MBA at Emory in 2012.

I’ve been at Emory since 2008 and held a consulting/advisor role for the CDC's Division of Diabetes Translation since 2010. I spend my time thinking about the determinants, treatments, and policies that can be used to address diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Emory and Atlanta have been a tremendous fit for me - I have thoroughly enjoyed the spirit, ambition, and enthusiasm of our students, and the collegial atmosphere promoted by our faculty and my CDC friends.

Areas of Interest/Research:
Global Health
Cardiovascular Disease
Selected Research Projects:
Some of my work is "global": Projects focused on young-onset diabetes in Chennai; surveillance of non-communicable diseases in New Delhi, Karachi, and Chennai; multi-center trial to improve diabetes care in South Asia (; expert group on diabetes for the Global Burden of Disease Study; technical advice for surveillance and diabetes programs; and training and mentoring chronic disease leaders ( 
And some of my work is "local": involved with the CDC's National Diabetes Prevention Program rollout, the Natural Experiments in Translation for Diabetes (NEXT-D study), and the Action to Control Cardiovascular Disease in Diabetes (ACCORD) Quality of Life and Cost-Effectiveness group.
Selected Publications:
MK Ali, KM Bullard, JB Saaddine, CC Cowie, G Imperatore, EW Gregg
Achievement of Goals in U.S. Diabetes Care, 1999-2010
New England Journal of Medicine
, 368(17): 1613-24, 2013.
MK Ali, J Echouffo-Tcheugui, DF Williamson
How Effective Were Lifestyle Interventions In Real-World Settings That Were Modeled On The Diabetes Prevention Program?
Health Affairs
, 31: 1, 2012.
Ali, MK
, Grund J, and Koplan JP for the Global Health Case Competition Planning Committee
Case competitions to engage students in global health
, 377 (9776): 1473 - 1474, 2011.
Ali, MK
, Bullard KM, Beckles GL, Stevens M, Barker L, Venkat Narayan KM, Imperatore G.
Household income and cardiovascular disease risks in US children and young adults: Analyses from NHANES 1999-2008.
Diabetes Care
, 34(9): 1998-2004, 2011.
Venkat Narayan KM,
Ali, MK
, Koplan JP
Global Non-Communicable Diseases: Where Worlds Meet
New England Journal of Medicine
, 363: 1196-1198, 2010.
Ali, MK
, Narayan KM
The United States and Global Health: Inseparable and Synergistic?
Global Health Action
, 2: 2009.
Other affiliations and Activities:

American Diabetes Association (ADA)

American Heart Association (AHA)

Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN)

Curriculum Vitae
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