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.

Education

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

Publications

  • 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. 2019 Oct 20; 1-15. 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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  • Published on 10/7/2019

    Rawal LB, Kanda K, Biswas T, Tanim MI, Poudel P, Renzaho AMN, Abdullah AS, Shariful Islam SM, Ahmed SM. Non-communicable disease (NCD) corners in public sector health facilities in Bangladesh: a qualitative study assessing challenges and opportunities for improving NCD services at the primary healthcare level. BMJ Open. 2019 Oct 07; 9(10):e029562. PMID: 31594874.

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  • Published on 8/30/2019

    Feng Y, Wang F, Abdullah AS, Wang X, Wang J, Zheng P. Beliefs, Attitudes, and Confidence to Deliver Electronic Cigarette Counseling among 1023 Chinese Physicians in 2018. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 08 30; 16(17). PMID: 31480401.

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  • Published on 5/24/2019

    Jiang J, Qin X, Liu H, Meng S, Abdullah AS, Huang J, Qin C, Liu Y, Huang Y, Qin F, Huang J, Zang N, Liang B, Ning C, Liao Y, Liang H, Wu F, Ye L. An optimal BMI range associated with a lower risk of mortality among HIV-infected adults initiating antiretroviral therapy in Guangxi, China. Sci Rep. 2019 May 24; 9(1):7816. PMID: 31127157.

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  • Published on 12/1/2018

    Abdullah AS, Gaehde S, Bickmore T. A Tablet Based Embodied Conversational Agent to Promote Smoking Cessation among Veterans: A Feasibility Study. J Epidemiol Glob Health. 2018 12; 8(3-4):225-230. PMID: 30864768.

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  • Published on 10/26/2018

    Long H, Huang W, Zheng P, Li J, Tao S, Tang S, Abdullah AS. Barriers and Facilitators of Engaging Community Health Workers in Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control in China: A Systematic Review (2006?2016). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018 10 26; 15(11). PMID: 30373205.

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  • Published on 6/26/2018

    Mui LWH, Friedman RH, Lau JTF, Peng J, Abdullah AS. A RCT to evaluate a totally automated, culturally-adapted telephone counselor for increasing physical activity among physically inactive individuals in China. BMC Public Health. 2018 06 26; 18(1):785. PMID: 29940904.

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  • Published on 6/6/2018

    Huang W, Long H, Li J, Tao S, Zheng P, Tang S, Abdullah AS. Delivery of public health services by community health workers (CHWs) in primary health care settings in China: a systematic review (1996-2016). Glob Health Res Policy. 2018; 3:18. PMID: 29992191.

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  • Published on 5/21/2018

    Zou M, Zhang Y, Zhang F, Hu P, Bai R, Huang W, Lu L, Abdullah AS, Guo JJ, Sharma M, Reis C, Zhao Y. The ability to obtain, appraise and understand health information among undergraduate nursing students in a medical university in Chongqing, China. Nurs Open. 2018 Jul; 5(3):384-392. PMID: 30062033.

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