Miller School Researcher Dr. Asma Aftab Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarship

Asma Aftab, M.D., M.P.H., research assistant professor of family medicine and community health, has been selected by the U.S. Department of State as a Fulbright scholar. As part of the prestigious program, Dr. Aftab will introduce a comprehensive tobacco cessation and training curriculum program for undergraduate, graduate and faculty development audiences in two Pakistani universities – Dow University of Health Sciences, Aftab’s alma mater, and Aga Khan University, where she began her professional career. As tobacco use declines around the world, it is on the rise in Pakistan. Dr. Aftab plans to travel to Pakistan in the spring of 2012.

“The opportunity of Fulbright scholarship will help me save millions of lives by helping to introduce an institutional system change for tobacco training that will have a tremendous impact on people’s health,” said Dr. Aftab.

Dr. Aftab, who also serves as assistant director of the AHEC Tobacco Program, oversees the University’s tobacco training and cessation programs and was essential in the Smoke Free Campus initiative implemented on the medical campus in 2009. Dr. Aftab has been recognized time and again by international organizations such as the World Health Organization.

“Dr. Aftab has been an outstanding contributor to our department’s education and research endeavors over the years, and I am delighted and proud that she has been awarded this prestigious nomination,” said Robert Schwartz, M.D. professor and chair of family medicine and community health.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. government, is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program has provided nearly 300,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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