Abu Saleh Abdullah, MBBS, PhD, MPH

Research Associate Professor, Medicine

Abu Abdullah
617.638.7580
801 Massachusetts Avenue

Biography

Abu Abdullah, MBBS (MD), MPH, PhD, FFPH, a global health expert, is a public health physician and behavioral scientist with expertise in epidemiological, behavioral and health services research. Trained as a family physician, Dr. Abdullah completed his doctorate in Community Medicine at the University of Hong Kong, where his thesis work focused on prevention and control of STD/AIDS in Hong Kong and China. He received an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics with a focus on the epidemiology of cigarette smoking among youth. During his Public Health specialization training with the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom (UK), he worked on areas of tobacco dependency treatment/global tobacco control, health services and policy research, and travel and tropical medicine. During his post-doctoral attachment with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, he worked on the European Non-Aggregate AIDS data set to determine the trends in AIDS-defining cancers in Western Europe, and conducted a situation analysis on smoking cessation strategies in the developing world.

He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH) at the UK Royal College of Physicians, a Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (FHKCCM) and a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy Medicine (FHKAM). Dr. Abdullah is also a Research Professor of Global Health, Duke University and Professor of Global Health, Duke Kunshan University. He was a member of the editorial board (2000-2010) for the Journal of Travel Medicine, a leading journal in the field of travel and tropical medicine; and an Associate Editor (2015-todate) of the Tobacco Regulatory Science journal. Dr. Abdullah is trilingual in English, Mandarin Chinese and Bengali.

Dr. Abdullah’s research interests include: (1) prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by addressing major NCD risk factors (i.e. tobacco use, poor diet and physical inactivity), changing health systems and improving adherence to treatment; (2) health services and policy research among the underserved in the United States and in LMICs; and (3) global health and development. His research also focuses on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) and mobile health (mHealth) to promote global health research and training.

Dr. Abdullah has written several book chapters and has more than 100 peer-reviewed publications covering several emerging aspects of public health. Periodically, he provides consultancy services on health improvement, global health research and public health policy initiatives to international organizations and governments agencies.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University

Education

  • Guangxi Medical University, MBBS
  • University of Hong Kong, PhD
  • Guangxi Medical University, MPH

Publications

  • Published on 7/12/2020

    Huang C, Ye L, Abdullah AS, Liang B, Jiang J, Ning C, Zang N, Zhang Y, Yang Y, Hu X, Yang Q, Luo C, Lao F, Liu H, Liang H, Huang J. No Increase in HIV Drug Resistance Mutations among Injecting Drug Users on Methadone Maintenance Therapy: A Prospective Cohort Study. Curr HIV Res. 2020 Jul 12. PMID: 32652910.

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  • Published on 4/21/2020

    Xian J, Zeng M, Zhu R, Cai Z, Shi Z, Abdullah AS, Zhao Y. Design and implementation of an intelligent monitoring system for household added salt consumption in China based on a real-world study: a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2020 Apr 21; 21(1):349. PMID: 32317000.

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  • Published on 4/16/2020

    Zhao D, Zuo Y, Urmi DS, Liu Y, Zheng P, Fan W, Abdullah AS. Perception of E-cigarette Use among Adult Users in China: A Mixed-method Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 04 16; 17(8). PMID: 32316185.

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  • Published on 4/7/2020

    Chen X, Li H, Lucero-Prisno DE, Abdullah AS, Huang J, Laurence C, Liang X, Ma Z, Mao Z, Ren R, Wu S, Wang N, Wang P, Wang T, Yan H, Zou Y. What is global health? Key concepts and clarification of misperceptions: Report of the 2019 GHRP editorial meeting. Glob Health Res Policy. 2020; 5:14. PMID: 32289081.

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  • Published on 1/26/2020

    Rao Q, Bai L, Lv Y, Abdullah AS, Brooks I, Xie Y, Zhao Y, Hou X. Goal-Framing and Temporal-Framing: Effects on the Acceptance of Childhood Simple Obesity Prevention Messages among Preschool Children's Caregivers in China. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 01 26; 17(3). PMID: 31991873.

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  • Published on 1/7/2020

    Liao W, Liu X, Yang Q, Liu H, Liang B, Jiang J, Huang J, Ning C, Zang N, Zhou B, Liao Y, Chen J, Tian L, Ho W, Abdullah AS, Kong L, Liang H, Chen H, Ye L. Deguelin inhibits HCV replication through suppressing cellular autophagy via down regulation of Beclin1 expression in human hepatoma cells. Antiviral Res. 2020 02; 174:104704. PMID: 31917237.

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  • Published on 12/3/2019

    Chen X, Zhao D, Wen T, Xiao X, Pan Z, He J, Zheng P, Hao W, Lin H, Abdullah AS. To text or not to text? Acceptability of WeChat and text messaging intervention to promote tobacco control assistance among parents who smoke in rural China. Tob Induc Dis. 2019; 17:88. PMID: 31889950.

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  • Published on 11/30/2019

    Peng Z, Jiang H, Wang X, Huang K, Zuo Y, Wu X, Abdullah AS, Yang L. The Efficacy of Cognitive Training for Elderly Chinese Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Biomed Res Int. 2019; 2019:4347281. PMID: 31886216.

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  • Published on 10/20/2019

    Long H, Ma Z, Hanh TTD, Minh HV, Rawal LB, Urmi DS, Jafar TH, Tang S, Abdullah AS. Engaging village health workers in non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention and control in Vietnam: A qualitative study. Glob Public Health. 2020 Apr; 15(4):611-625. PMID: 31630629.

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  • Published on 10/9/2019

    Huang K, Abdullah AS, Ma Z, Urmi DS, He H, Quintiliani L, Friedman RH, Yang J, Yang L. Attitudes of Chinese health sciences postgraduate students' to the use of information and communication technology in global health research. BMC Med Educ. 2019 Oct 09; 19(1):367. PMID: 31597576.

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