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Zulfiqar Bhutta, MD, PhD

Board Member

Professor and Founding Chair, Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University

Zulfiqar A. Bhutta is a professor and the Founding Chair of the Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. He also holds adjunct professorships in International Health & Family and Community Medicine at the departments of International Health at the Boston University and Tufts University, Boston respectively. He was designated a Distinguished National Professor of the Government of Pakistan in 2007. He is also the Dean of the faculty of Pediatrics of the College of Physicians & Surgeons, Pakistan and the Chairman of the National Research Ethics Committee of the Government of Pakistan.

Professor Bhutta was educated at the University of Peshawar, MBBS, and obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, Scotland, the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health, London and the Pakistan Academy of Sciences. He has served numerous advisory committees and is currently an executive committee member of the International Pediatric Association and on the Board of the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, PMNCH, as well a council member for the International Society for Infectious Diseases, ISID, and the governing council for the World Alliance for Patient Safety Research. He is a member of the Quantitative Vaccine Research, QUIVER, an advisory group of WHO, the Advisory Committee for Health Research of WHO EMRO, and its apex Regional Consultative Committee.

Professor Bhutta’s research interests include newborn and child survival, maternal and child undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. He is on several international editorial advisory boards including the Lancet, BMJ, PLoS Medicine, PLoS ONE and the Cochrane ARI group. Professor Bhutta has published four books, 55 book chapters, and over 320 indexed publications to date. He leads a large research group based in Pakistan with a special interest in research synthesis, scaling up evidence-based interventions in community settings and health systems research.

He has won several awards, including the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan for contributions towards education and research (2000), the President of Pakistan Gold Medal for contributions to Child Health in Pakistan (2004) and the Outstanding Pediatrician of Asia award by the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association (2006). Professor Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Global Child Health award (2009) by the Program for Global Pediatric Research for outstanding contributions to Global Child Health and Research and has recently been elected an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics for contributions to international child health.

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