Omar El-Shahawy, MD, MPH, PhD

Section on Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use
Department of Population Health
NYU School of Medicine
227 East 30th Street (Office: 757A)
New York, NY 10016, USA




• (2015) PhD (Doctoral Degree in Social and Behavioral Health), Department of Social and Behavioral Health, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA, USA
• (2007) MPH with Merit (Master of Public Health in International Health Development), Vrije University and the Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


• MB.B.Ch, Bachelor of Medicine, the degree was awarded with Honors, Ain Shams University, School of Medicine, 2002 Cairo, Egypt
This is an MD equivalent in the US after one year of clinical training, which was completed in September 2003


• (September 2005-June 2006) Diploma in Total Quality Management in Health Care Reform, The American University in Cairo, Cairo, Egypt


• (2015-Present) Postdoctoral Fellow, New York, NY, USA
• (2014-2015) Adjunct Instructor, Richmond, VA, USA
• (2012-2015) Graduate Research Assistant, Richmond, VA, USA
• (2011-2014) Teaching Assistant, Richmond, VA, USA
• (2003-2011) Clinical Researcher and Trainer, Cairo, Egypt
• (2006-2008) Research Associate, Cairo, Egypt


• (2004-2006) General Practitioner, General Medical Management Clinics, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
• (2003-2004) General Medical Management Clinics, Ain Shams University, General Practice Intern, Cairo, Egypt
• (September 2002-September 2003) Pre-registration House Officer, Ain Shams University Hospitals, Cairo, Egypt

Research Interest

His research interests include: Smoking cessation, Young Adults, Gender disparities, Doctor- patient communication, Program planning and evaluation.

Scientific Activities


• (2014-Present) Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
• (2012-Present) Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence
• (2011-Present) Global Bridges
• (2010-2013) GLOBALink


1. El Shahawy O, Brown R, Elston Lafata J. Primary Care physicians beliefs and practices regarding e-cigarette use by patients who smoke: A qualitative assessment. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2016; 13(5): 445-454. doi: 10.3390/ijerph13050445
2. El Shahawy O, Dierdre S, Lafata J. Assessment of the efficiency of tobacco cessation counseling in primary care. Evaluation and the Health Professions. 2015; 1-10. doi: 10.1177/0163278715599204
3. Haddad L, El-Shahawy O, Ghadban R, Barnett T, Johnson E. Waterpipe smoking and regulation in the United States: A comprehensive review of the literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2015; 12(6): 6115-6135. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120606115
4. El-Shahawy O, Haddad L. Correlation between nicotine dependence and barriers to cessation among exclusive cigarette smokers and dual (water-pipe) smokers among Arab Americans. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. 2015; 6: 25-32. doi: 10.2147/SAR.S72360
5. El-Shahawy O, Sun P, Tsai J, Rohrbach L, Sussman S. Sense of coherence and tobacco use myths among adolescents as predictors of at-risk youth cigarette use. Substance Use and Misuse. 2015; 50(1): 8-14. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2014.957767
6. Haddad L, El-Shahawy O, Ghadban R. Comparison of barriers to cessation among Arab American smokers of cigarettes and waterpipe. International Journal Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014; 11(9): 9522-9531. doi: 10.3390/ijerph110909522
7. Alzyoud S, Haddad L, El-Shahawy O, et al. Waterpipe use among Arab immigrants in USA: A preliminary study. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research. 2014; 4(3): 816-827.
8. Haddad L, Abu Baker N, El-Shahawy O, Al Ali N, Shudayfat T. Secondhand smoke exposure of young adults in a developing country: A Jordanian case. Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation. 2013; 4: 45-53. doi: 10.2147/SAR.S43684
9. Haddad L, El-Shahawy O, Shishani K, Madanat H, Alzyoud S. Cigarette use attitudes and effects of acculturation among Arab immigrants in USA: A preliminary study. Health. 2012; 4(10): 785-793. doi:10.4236/health.2012.410122
10. Gharaibeh H, Haddad L, Alzyoud S, El-Shahawy O, Baker NA, Umlauf M. Knowledge, attitudes, and behavior in avoiding secondhand smoke exposure among non-smoking employed women with higher education in Jordan. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2011; 8(11): 4207-4219. doi: 10.3390/ijerph8114207
11. Haddad L, Al-Zyoud S, Abu Baker N, Gharaibeh H, El-Shahawy O, Alramadhani R. Secondhand smoking in Jordan: Clearing the air for one of the highest tobacco prevalence countries in the Middle East. Tobacco Use Insights. 2011; 4: 1-7. doi: 10.4137/TUI.S6802