Nasar U. Ahmed, PhD


Associate Professor
Department of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University
Robert Stempel College of Public Health &
Social Work
11200 SW 8th St. AHC-2, Rm. 588
Miami, FL 33199, USA

Biography

Dr. Ahmed career is rooted in the Philosophy of generating information through research, developing infrastructure to efficiently and effectively deliver knowledge, and shaping that knowledge into wisdom in new generations in order to build a Healthy and Productive society.
His educational background and skills include epidemiologic research, statistical and social sciences, enabling him to understand the complexity of research and its findings as well as to translate findings into successful programs for progress.
Dr. Ahmed has taken leadership roles in his professional appointments, developing and building academic and research units, including a biostatistics and computer unit at the University of Dhaka, an Epidemiology & Biostatistics Division, and a Clinical Biometry Unit at Meharry Medical College; and Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Prevention Research Unit at Meharry-Vanderbilt University.
He has served as the Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and the Department of Biostatistics at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work at Florida International University (FIU) 2004-2012. In this position, he has guided the creation of the MPH in Biostatistics, MPH in Epidemiology, and PhD in Epidemiology and was responsible for their accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health.
He established research units in response to emerging public health needs, including programs at the Indiana State Department of Health, the Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Research Core through the Meharry-Vanderbilt University Alliance, and the Health Disparity Research Group at FIU.
Dr. Ahmed has served in many academic leadership positions. At Meharry Medical College, he was a member of the President Advisory Committee, a member of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Cancer Alliance Executive Committee, and the founding Division Director and a core team leader at the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance. At FIU, Dr. Ahmed has served as Chair of the (G-51) University Chairs and Directors Assembly, as a Faculty Senator, and on the University Steering Committee – the highest body of faculty governance process at the university.
In the national arena, Dr. Ahmed service is evidenced through his role in establishing the Council of Epidemiology Chairs & Directors (CEC), an international organization whose mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas in epidemiology and to share strategies for effective leadership in the academic environment. The membership currently stands close to 100 academic institutions in North America. As founding President of the CEC, Dr. Ahmed was instrumental in planning to work in concert with other national leaders to organize a team of experts to aid the U.S. government in emergency response to adverse public health events, as well as to offer epidemiologic expertise in the drafting of policies and legislation designed to address public health issues.
Internationally, Dr. Ahmed is involved in organizing conferences to address emerging issues in public health sciences. At the community level, he was involved in establishing/leading several social and cultural organizations including a Study Circle in Indiana, the Celebration of Culture in Nashville, and the Diversity Dialogue Nashville Chapter, Tennessee.
Dr. Ahmed academic and professional career shows a consistent pattern of collaboration, leadership, and institutional accomplishments. He has demonstrated an ability to create opportunities, set goals to address institutional needs, and successfully implement programs, providing universities with the expertise to achieve administrative and academic goals within prescribed time frames.

Research Interest

His research interest includes: Health disparity, Cancer epidemiology, Cardiovascular disease epidemiology, Obesity, Behavioral change intervention.

Scientific Activities

HONORS AND AWARDS

• (2010) Inducted as member of the ASPH/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers-a national level recognition
• (2010) Award in Overall Excellence-Stempel Public Health Association
• (2008) International Conference on Recent Development in Statistical Sciences Award for conference presentation
• (2005) American Association for Cancer Research & NCIs 2005 MSI Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, a national level award in cancer research
• (2004) American Association for Cancer Research & NCIs 2004 MSI Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, national level award in cancer research
• (2004) Intercultural Cancer Council Award for conference presentation at the 9th Biennial Symposium
• (2003) National Medical Association, Citation of Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of the National Medical Association
• (2003) Nashville REACH 2010 Project Principal Investigator, Distinguished Service Award • (2002) National Medical Association, Citation of Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal of the National Medical Association
• (2002) American Association for Cancer Research & NCIs 2002 AACR-HBCU Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, national level award in cancer research
• (2002) Tufts University, Medford, Mass Featured Alumni of the Year, Tufts University Alumni Association
• (2001) American Association for Cancer Research & NCIs 2001 AACR-HBCU Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, national level award in cancer research
• (2001) Nominated for the Meharry Medical College Researcher of the Year Award
• (2001) Tennessee Volunteer Heroes 2001 award-documentation for the celebration of the United Nations 2001 International Year of the Volunteer, state level honor award
• (2001) Nominated for 2001 Mary Catherine Strobel Volunteer of the Year- Middle Tennessees highest volunteer honor for social and community work
• (1996) Toastmasters International, Best Evaluator Award
• (1990) US Agency for International Development Fellowship for International Health Research
• (1986) United Nations University Fellowship, an international award for advance research
• (1982) Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation Fellowship-International Award • (1977) University Merit & Residential Scholarships: Jahangirnagar University, graduate level award
• (1974) University Residential Scholarship: Jahangirnagar University, undergraduate level award

MEMBERSHIPS

• President, Council of Epidemiology Chairs and Directors- a North American organization
• Fellow, American College of Epidemiology
• Member, International Scientific Committee on Statistical Sciences
• Member, American Association for Cancer Research
• Member, American Public Health Association
• Member, National Health Services Research Network
• Member, Union of Concerned Scientists: Action for Global Sustainability
• Member, Health Leadership Council of South Florida
• Member, Board of Advisors, National Study Circle: Diversity In-Dialogue, Nashville Chapter
• Member, Board of Advisors, Scarritt-Bennett Center s International Celebration of Cultures
• Member, Middle Tennessee Breast and Cervical Cancer Coalition
• Member, Smoke Free Nashville part of Healthy Nashville Coalition
• Member, National Council on International Health
• Member, Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine
• Member, American Statistical Association
• Member, North America Bangladesh Statistical Association
• Honorary Life Member, National Bangla Academy
• Life Member, Bangladesh Statistical Association
• Life Member, Bangladesh Nutrition Society

Publications

1. Llau AF, Ahmed NU, Pekovic V, Khan HMR, Cevallos FG. The Impact of Red Light Cameras on Crashes within Miami-Dade County, Florida. Traffic Injury Prevention. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2015.1023896
2. Khan HMR, Saxena A, Gabbidon K, Rana S, Ahmed NU. Bayesian Method for Modeling Male Breast Cancer Survival Data. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2014; 15(6): 2893-2900.
3. Khan HMR, Saxena A, Rana S, Ahmed NU. Bayesian Method for Modeling Male Breast Cancer Survival Data. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2014; 15(2): 663-669; doi: 10.7314/APJCP.2014.15.2.663
4. Llau AF, Ahmed NU. The Effectiveness of Red Light Cameras in the United States – A Literature Review. Traffic Injury Prevention. doi: 10.1080/15389588.2013.845751
5. Ahmed NU, Pelletier V, Winter K, Albatineh A. Factors explaining racial/ethnic disparities in rates of colorectal cancer screening. American Journal of Public Health. 2013; 103(7): e91-99. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301034.
6. Ahmed NU, Winter K, Albatineh A, Haber G. Clustering very low-income, insured womens mammography screening barriers into potentially functional subgroups. Womens Health Issues. 2012; 22(3): 259-266. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2012.02.001
7. Haber G, Ahmed NU, Pekovic V. Family history of cancer and its association with breast cancer risk perception and repeat mammography. American Journal of Public Health. 2012; 102(12): 2322-2329. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300786.
8. Super CM, Zeitlin M, Ahmed NU, Golden G. The Emergence of Separation Protest Is Robust Under Conditions of Severe Developmental Stress. Infant Behavior & Development. 2012; 35: 393-396. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2012.02.010
9. Gullhar M, Kibria BMG, Albatineh A, Ahmed NU. A comparison of some confidence intervals for estimating the population coefficient of variation: A simulation study. Statistics & Operations Research Transactions. 2012; 36(1): 45-68.
10. Khan HMR, Albatineh A, Alshahrani S, Jenkins N, Ahmed NU. Sensitivity analysis of predictive modeling for responses from the three-parameter Weibull model with a follow-up doubly censored sample of cancer patients. Computational Stat & Data Analysis. 2011; 55(12): 3093-3103. doi: 10.1016/j.csda.2011.05.017
11. Khan HMR, Albatineh A, Tefsa S, Jenkins N, Ahmed NU. Predictive inference from two-parameter Weibull model given a doubly censored sample of hepatocellular carcinoma of liver patients. Journal of Applied Statistical Science.2011; 19(1): 115-128.
12. Ahmed NU, Haber G, Semenya KA, Hargreaves MK. Randomized controlled trial of mammography intervention in insured very-low-income women. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2010; 19(7): 1790-1798. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-10-0141
13. Ahmed NU, Fort J, Malin A, Semenya K, Haber G. Breast cancer knowledge and barriers to mammography screening in a managed care low-income population. Journal of Cancer Education. 2009; 24(4): 261-266. doi: 10.1080/08858190902973077
14. Ahmed NU, Fort J, Malin A, Hargreaves MK. Barriers to mammography screening in a managed care population. Public Administration and Management. 2009; 14(1):
15. Belcon M. Ahmed NU, Younis M. Analysis of national healthcare systems: Searching for a model for developing countries-Trinidad and Tobago as a Test Case. Public Administration and Management. 2009; 14(1).
16. Ahmed NU, Smith G, Haber G, Belcon M. Are women with functional limitations at high risk of underutilization of mammography screening? Womens Health Issues 2009; 19: 79-87. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2008.09.001
17. Ahmed NU. An application of polytomous logistic regression in U.S. national level complex survey data to study racial/ethnic health disparity. Proc. International. Stat Sc. 2008.
18. Ata A, Elzey JD, Insaf TZ, Grau AM, Stain SC, Ahmed NU. Colorectal cancer prevention: Adherence patterns and correlates of tests done for screening purposes within US populations. Cancer Detection and Prevention. 2006; 30: 134-143.
19. Ahmed NU, Fort JG, Micah TH, Dickerson P, Belay Y. Changes needed in the healthcare system: Perspectives of lay health workers on cancer prevention. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. 2006; 29(1): 17-23.
20. Kattepogu, KM, Ahmed NU. Colorectal cancer disparities by race/ethnicity & socioeconomic status in South Florida. Proc. Amer Assoc Cancer Res. 2006; 47.
21. Ahmed NU. Health disparity in cancer screening: What explains unequal treatment in physicians recommendation of endoscopic screening for colorectal cancer?. Proc Am Pub Healt.
22. Blumenthal DS, Fort JG, Semenya KA, et al. Impact of a two-city community intervention on African-Americans: the Meharry-Morehouse Cancer Prevention Awareness Program. JNMA. 2005; 97(11): 1479-1488.
23. Grau AM, Ata A, Foster L, et al. Effect of race on long-term survival of breast cancer patients. Am Surg. 2005; 71 (2): 164-170.
24. Ahmed NU, Smith G, Larson C. Purani S. Are women with functional limitations and lack of access to healthcare at high risk of underutilization of mammography screening? Cancer Prevention Research Proc. 2005; 96-97. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2008.09.001
25. Ahmed NU, Fort JG, Elzey J, Belay Y. Regular mammography screening: Making it matter. Ethnicity & Disease. 2005; 15(3): 521.
26. Ahmed NU, Smith G, Flores AM, et al. Racial/ethnic disparity and predictors of leisure-time physical activity among U.S. men. Ethnicity &Disease .2005; 15(1): 40-52.
27. Ahmed NU, Fort JG, Elzey J, Belay Y. Empowering factors for regular mammography screening in underserved populations: Pilot survey results in Tennessee. Ethnicity & Disease. 2005; 15(3): 387-394.
28. Ahmed NU, Fort JG, Elzey J, Bailey S. Empowering factors in repeat mammography: Insights from the stories of underserved women. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. 2004; 27(4): 368-375.
29. Ahmed NU, Smith G, Pamies R, Stain S, Montgomery. Racial and ethnic disparity and predictors of prostate cancer screening among US men: National Health Interview Survey 2000. Proc. Am Pub Health. 2004.
30. Miller ST, Mushi C, Ahmed NU, Larson C, McClellan L, Marrs M. Using focus groups to understand health related practices and perceptions of African Americans: Nashville REACH 2010 preliminary findings. Ethnicity & Disease: 2004; 14(3): S170-S176.
31. Ahmed NU, Smith G, Flores AM, et al. Racial/ethnic disparity and predictors of leisure-time physical activity among U.S. women. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2004; 27: (Suppl) S042.
32. Ahmed NU, Ata A, Mason HRC, Stain SC, Shyr U, Stain S. Racial/ethnic differences and predictors of adherence to one or more colorectal cancer screening test guidelines in the US. Am. Ass Cancer Research. 2004; 45: 20-22.
33. Ahmed NU. Predictors of PSA screening for prostate cancer from NHIS 2000 data: in Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities for Engaging African American/Black Men in Prevention and Healthcare. Proc Am Pub Health. 2004.
34. Ahmed NU, Ahmed NS, Semenya KA, et al. Prevalence and correlates of initiation of smoking behavior among preteen Black and White children. JNMA. 2004; 96(2): 200-208.
35. Elzey JD, Ahmed NU. A whole new life: an illness and a healing by Reynolds Price. JNMA, 2004; 96(5): 694-695.
36. Flores AM, Ahmed NU, Kajese TT, Dwyer K, Murphy B. Breast cancer disparities for African American and rural women: Preliminary analyses from the SEER-12 dataset.1973-2000. Proc. Intercultural Cancer Council. 2004; 19-20.
37. Grau AM, Ata A, Foster L, et al. Effect of race on long-term survival of breast cancer patients. Proc. Arch. Surgery. 2004.
38. Fortunato SJ, Menon R, Ahmed NU, Bourgeois MR, Dildy GA. Tissue remodeling collagenases are elevated in amniotic fluids during polyhydramnios. J. Perinat Med. 2004; 32: 122-125.
39. Ahmed NU, Smith G, Ata A, Flores AM, Mason HRC, Stain S. Predictors of physician recommendation for colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy screening. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2003; 12(11): 1312s-1313s.
40. Flores AM, Ahmed NU. International trends of cancer: A descriptive and comparative Study. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. 2003; 12(11): 1313s-1314s.
41. Ahmed NU, Smith G, Ata A, Flores AM, Mason HRC, Stain S. Racial/ethnic differences in physician recommendation for endoscopic screening for colorectal cancer Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Ann. Retreat Proc. 2003; 11-12.
42. Schlundt DG, Larson C, Ahmed NU, Keith H, McClellan L, Marrs, M. Mapping healthy and unhealthy neighborhoods using cluster analysis and GIS: Analysis of the Nashville REACH 2010 community survey. Proc Am Pub Health. 2003.
43. Schlundt DG, Larson C, Ahmed NU, Keith H, McClellan L, Marrs, M. Evaluation of capacity building and community actions for the Nashville REACH 2010 program using web technology. Proc. Am Pub Health. 2003.
44. Ahmed NU, Ahmed NS, Bennett CR, Hinds JE. Impact of a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program in preventing the initiation of cigarette smoking in fifth and sixth grade students. JNMA. 2002; 94: 249-256,
45. Miller TS, Schlundt DG, Pichert JW, Ahmed NU. Shaping environments for reductions in Type-2 diabetes risk behaviors: A look at CVD and cancer interventions. Diabetes Spectrum. 2002; 15(3): 176-182.
46. Ahmed NU, Fort JG, Schlundt DG, Belay Y, Grandison D, Pamies R. Overcoming barriers to screening mammography in an underserved population. Insights from the experience of compliant underserved women. Era of Hope. 2002; 1: 18-20.
47. Schlundt DG, Ahmed NU, Mushi C, et al. Physical activity and health disparities: Results from the Nashville Reach 2010 Baseline Survey. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2002; 24 (Suppl) s152-s154.
48. Schlundt DG, Mushi C, Miller TS, Larson C, Ahmed NU. Behavioral correlates of Body Mass Index from the Nashville REACH 2010 Community Survey. Proc. Am. Diabetes Assoc. 2002.
49. Schlundt DG, Mushi C, Larson C, Ahmed NU. Nashville Reach 2010: Development and implementation of a web-based system for program evaluation. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2002; 24 (Suppl) s215-9,
50. Miller TS, Schlundt DG, Mushi C, Larson C, Ahmed NU. Ethnic differences in diabetes care: Results from the Nashville REACH 2010 Community Survey. Proc. Am. Diabetes Assoc. 2002.
51. Schlundt DG, Mushi C, Larson C, et al. The Nashville Reach 2010 Baseline Survey: Eating behaviors and health disparities. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 2002; 24 (Suppl) s53.
52. Schlundt DG, Mushi C, Larson C, Ahmed NU. A case study: Application of partnership in community based public health research. Proc. Am Pub Health. 2002.
53. Schlundt DG, Larson C, Mushi C, et al. Spirituality and health in the African American community: Focus group and survey data from the Nashville REACH 2010 Project. Proc. Am Pub Health. 2002.
54. Mushi C, Larson C, Schlundt DG, et al. Evaluating community based public health projects: Nashville REACH 2010. Proc. Am Pub Hlth. 2002.
55. Larson C, Mushi C, Schlundt DG, Miller TS, McClellan L, Ahmed NU. Validity of the SF-12 for use among a low income African American community. Proc. Am Pub Health. 2002.
56. Ahmed NU. A community trial to test the effectiveness of intervention strategies to improve mammography screening rates among underserved women. Proc Am Assoc Cancer Resch. 2002; 43: 820.
57. Adegoke OJ, BeLue R, Gebretsadik T, Ahmed NU. Breast self-examination and clinical breast examination in metropolitan Nashville health district. Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research. 2002; 1: 109,
58. Ahmed NU, Fort JG, Micah TH, Belay Y. How the health care system can improve screening mammography rates for underserved women: A closer look at the health care delivery system. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 2001; 24(3): 17-26. doi: 10.1097/00004479-200107000-00005
59. Ahmed NU, Ahmed NS, Bennett CR, Hinds JE. Factor associated with the onset of cigarette smoking behavior and its prevention strategy among pre-teenage black and white children. Proc. Am Pub Hlth.2001; 21-25.
60. Hardy RE, Ahmed NU, Hargreaves KM, et al. Difficulty in reaching low income women for screening mammography. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. 2000; 11 (1): 43-55.
61. Ahmed NU, Semenya KA, Hargreaves KM. Barriers to access and utilization of mammography screening among low-income underserved managed care population. Era of Hope. 2000; 2: 75-79.
62. Hargreaves M, Ahmed NU, Hardy RE. Key Health risk factors and barriers to health care seeking in a Medicaid and Medicare eligible low income African American population. Proc. Am Pub Hlth. 1998;15: 363.
63. Zeitlin MF, Ahmed NU, Beiser AS, Zeitlin JA, Super CM, Guldan GS. Developmental, behavioral and environmental risk factors for diarrhoea among children under two in rural Bangladesh. Journal of Diarrhoeal Diseases Research 1995; 13(2): 99-105.
64. Zeitlin MF, Ahmed NU. Nutritional correlates of frequency and length of breastfeeds in rural Bangladesh. Early Human Development. 1995; 41: 97-110.
65. Ahmed NU, Zeitlin MF. Bhat Dhara — Catching rice: A folk milestone in development of Bangladeshi children: An investigation of parental beliefs and decision making in introducing young children to family meals. Ecology of Food and Nutrition. 1994; 32(4): 227-238. doi: 10.1080/03670244.1994.9991403
66. Ahmed NU, Zeitlin MF, Beiser AS, Super CM, Gershoff SN, Ahmed MA. An assessment of the community impact of hygiene intervention on environmental sanitation childhood diarrhoea and growth of children in rural Bangladesh. Food and Nutrition Bulletin. 1994; 15(1): 40-52.
67. Ahmed NU, Zeitlin MF. Assessment of the effects of teaching germ theory on changes in hygiene behaviors, cleanliness and diarrheal incidence in rural Bangladesh. Intl Quarterly of Community Health Education. 1993; 14(3): 283-298.
68. Ahmed NU, Zeitlin MF, Beiser AS, Super CM, Gershoff SN. A longitudinal study of the impact of behavioural change intervention on cleanliness, diarrhoeal morbidity and growth in children of rural Bangladesh. Social Science and Medicine. 1993; 37(2): 159-171.
69. Ahmed NU. Hygiene behaviour: Successful community involvement. Dialogue on Diarrhea. 1993; 54: 3-4.
70. Ahmed NU. Development and evaluation of community-based intervention for alteration of hygiene practices, childhood diarrheal morbidity and growth of children in rural Bangladesh. Doctoral dissertation, School of Nutrition and Policy, Tufts University, 1992.
71. Ahmed NU, Zeitlin MF, Beiser AS, Super CM, Gershoff SN, Ahmed MA. Community-based trial and ethnographic techniques for the development of hygiene intervention in rural Bangladesh. Intl Quarterly of Community Health Education. . 1991;12(3): 183-202.doi: 10.2190/EX5T-H8NU-P4YJ-1RCN
72. Zeitlin MF, Bonilla J, Mendrano Y, LaMontagne J, Ahmed NU. Positive deviance in nutrition research project, Nicaraguan Phase I Survey Report to UNICEF, New York, 1990.
73. Zeitlin MF, Super CM, Beiser AS, et al. A behavioral study of positive deviance in young child nutrition and health in rural Bangladesh. A report to Asia and Near East Bureau, United States Agency for International Health, 1989.
74. Guldan GS, Ahmed NU, Zeitlin MF, Super CM, Klein RE, Ahmad K. Behavioral factors in diarrhoeal illness among Bangladeshi infants. Journal of Tropical Pediatrics 1988; 34(6): 331-332.
75. Zeitlin MF, Ahmed NU, Guldan GS, Ahmed A. Environment, behaviour and the spread: A vulnerable age –A study in Bangladesh discovered high rates of diarrhea in crawling infants the result and a range of intervention to help protect this age group. Dialogue on Diarrhea 1986; 26: 4-5.