Dr. Syed M. Ahmed named Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement
July 30, 2012 College News - Syed M. Ahmed, MD, MPH, DrPH, has been named Senior Associate Dean for Community Engagement, effective immediately. Dr. Ahmed currently serves as Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Professor in the Institute for Health and Society. He is also the Director of the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program and the Director of the Center for Healthy Communities and Research. Upon assuming the Senior Associate Dean role, Dr. Ahmed will relinquish his position as Associate Dean for Public and Community Health.
In his new role, Dr. Ahmed will provide leadership in improving the health of the communities served by the Medical College through mutually beneficial community partnerships and integration across MCW’s research, education, clinical and community engagement missions. Additionally, he will work with the Dean of the Medical School, Senior Associate Deans, Chairs, Institute/Center Directors and faculty to foster integration of community engagement across MCW’s four missions and will serve as the external representative for MCW’s Community Engagement Mission.
Before joining the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Ahmed was Vice Chair of Research in Wright State University's Department of Family Medicine and founding Director of the Alliance of Research in Community Health in Dayton, Ohio. He also founded and directed Reach Out of Montgomery County, a highly successful volunteer health care program established with a grant from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Ahmed has made nationally and internationally recognized contributions to the field of community health, community-academic partnerships, community-based participatory research and community engaged research. He has received numerous federal and foundation grants, presented at a variety of national conferences, published numerous academic papers, and book chapters focusing on the health and health care of underserved and uninsured populations. His many recognitions for outstanding service to underserved and uninsured communities include the Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition in 2000 from the U.S. Congress, the Ohio Quality of Care Award in 2000, the Wright State University Presidential Award for Faculty Excellence in Professional Service in 2001, and the Humanism in Medicine Award in 2001 from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Dr. Ahmed received his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees at Sir Salimullah Medical College, Dhaka University, Bangladesh, and his Master and Doctorate in Public Health at the University of Texas School of Public Health, in Houston. He completed a Residency and Fellowship in Family Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and a Scholar with the National Public Health Leadership Institute’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention.