Laith J. Abu-Raddad, PhD

Laith J. Abu-Raddad, PhD

Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research
Assistant Dean for Extramural Research Funding
Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Biomathematics Research Core

 (+974) 4492 8321


Florida State University, 2000

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research and Prevention, 
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, 
University of Washington, U.S.A



Dr. Abu-Raddad is a Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, Assistant Dean for Extramural Research Funding, Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Biomathematics Research Core at Weill Cornell Medicine - Q (WCM-Q), and the Principal Investigator of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group. He focuses on studying the epidemiological factors and population processes shaping infectious disease spread in human and animal populations. He joined WCM-Q in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. He held positions as Assistant Professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; as Research Scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washington; as Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College London, United Kingdom; and as NSF-JSPS Postdoctoral Research Associate at Osaka University, Japan. He completed his Ph.D. study in Computational and Mathematical Physics at Florida State University. He serves as a consultant or advisory member for a number of key public health projects for organizations such as the World Bank, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, World Health Organization, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Abu-Raddad's research interests are multidisciplinary with emphasis on studying the epidemiology and ecology of infectious diseases using analytical and computational approaches in addition to conventional epidemiologic study designs. He was the lead author or co-investigator of several high impact studies in recent years such as in relation to HIV/AIDS, HCV, tuberculosis, and SARS. His current main research interests include studying the spread of sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS, HSV-2, chlamydia, and gonorrhea; assessment of HCV epidemiology patterns; studying tuberculosis epidemiology; and assessment of the impact of different interventions against infectious diseases such as vaccines, male circumcision, diagnostics, and drug regimens. His research focuses primarily on the Middle East and North Africa region.

Selected Publications

  • Benova L, Awad SF, Miller FD,  Abu-Raddad LJ. Estimation of hepatitis C virus infections resulting from vertical transmission in Egypt. Hepatology 2015;61:834-42.

  • Benova L, Mohamoud YA, Calvert C,  Abu-Raddad LJ. Vertical transmission of hepatitis C virus: systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical infectious diseases: an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2014;59:765-73.

  • Cuadros DF, Branscum AJ, Miller FD,  Abu-Raddad LJ. Spatial epidemiology of hepatitis C virus infection in Egypt: Analyses and implications. Hepatology 2014;60:1150-9.

  • Mumtaz GR, Weiss HA, Thomas SL, Riome S, Setayesh H, Riedner G, Semini I, Tawil O, Akala FA, Wilson D,  Abu-Raddad LJ. HIV among people who inject drugs in the Middle East and North Africa: Systematic review and data synthesis. PLoS Medicine 2014;11:e1001663.

  • Abu-Raddad LJ, Barnabas RV, Janes H, Weiss HA, Kublin JG, Longini IM, Jr., Wasserheit JN,  Group HIVVLW. Have the explosive HIV epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa been driven by higher community viral load? AIDS 2013;27:981-9.
  • Chemaitelly H, Cremin I, Shelton J, Hallett TB,  Abu-Raddad LJ. Distinct HIV discordancy patterns by epidemic size in stable sexual partnerships in sub-Saharan Africa. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2012;88:51-7.

  • Mumtaz G, Hilmi N, McFarland W, Kaplan RL, Akala FA, Semini I, Riedner G, Tawil O, Wilson D,  Abu-Raddad LJ. Are HIV epidemics among men who have sex with men emerging in the Middle East and North Africa?: a systematic review and data synthesis. PLoS Medicine 2011;8:e1000444.

  • Abu-Raddad LJ, Akala FA, Semini I, Riedner G, Wilson D,  Tawil O. Characterizing the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Middle East and North Africa: Time for Strategic Action. Middle East and North Africa HIV/AIDS Epidemiology Synthesis Project. World Bank/UNAIDS/WHO Publication. Washington DC: The World Bank Press; 2010.

  • Abu-Raddad LJ, Sabatelli L, Achterberg JT, Sugimoto JD, Longini IM, Jr., Dye C,  Halloran ME. Epidemiological benefits of more-effective tuberculosis vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2009;106:13980-5.

  • Abu-Raddad LJ, Magaret AS, Celum C, Wald A, Longini IM, Jr., Self SG,  Corey L. Genital herpes has played a more important role than any other sexually transmitted infection in driving HIV prevalence in Africa. PLoS ONE 2008;3:e2230.

  • Abu-Raddad LJ, Patnaik P,  Kublin JG. Dual infection with HIV and malaria fuels the spread of both diseases in sub-Saharan Africa. Science 2006;314:1603-6.