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Umed Ajani, MBBS, MPH

Associate Director for Science

Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance

Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services

Office of Public Health Scientific Services

Umed Ajani, MBBS, MPH, is the associate director for science in the Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance (DHIS). He brings extensive experience in surveillance and analysis to his work at CDC.

Previously, Dr. Ajani served as the associate director for surveillance, acting chief of the Surveillance and Information Support Branch in DHIS and acting director of the Division of Notifiable Diseases and Healthcare Information in the Public Health Surveillance and Informatics Program Office.

Prior to these positions, Dr. Ajani served in the Cancer Surveillance Branch of CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, as an epidemiologist in CDC's Behavioral Surveillance Branch, and as senior scientific advisor and team lead of the Analytic Research and Surveillance team in CDC's Office on Smoking and Health.

Prior to his experience at CDC, Dr. Ajani worked at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health. There, he was involved in obtaining the initial Council on Education for Public Health accreditation of the school, in addition to teaching public health and medical students. He also worked with local, county, and state health departments and served on an advisory committee to the Texas Board of Health.

Prior to these positions, Dr. Ajani worked at the Harvard Medical School for 10 years as an epidemiologist and teaching faculty member. He was involved in several large-scale epidemiology studies at Harvard and was co-director of the Physicians' Health Study II and director of the Data Analysis Section.

Dr. Ajani has authored and co-authored more than 80 publications, which include articles published in national and international scientific journals, other reports, and a book chapter. He also has published 45 abstracts and made 23 conference presentations.

Dr. Ajani obtained his medical degree from the Sind Medical College in Pakistan and has an MPH from Yale University.