Leadership Council

Ali H. Mokdad, PhD, is a Professor of Health Metrics Sciences at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and Chief Strategy Officer for Population Health at the University of Washington. As a public health researcher, Dr. Mokdad has published groundbreaking work on local-level disease trends and the leading risk factors for poor health.

He has worked extensively on health disparities in the US and published on the burden of diseases, injuries, and risk factors at the state and national level. Prior to joining IHME, he worked at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), starting his career there in 1990.

He served in numerous positions and was the Chief of the Behavioral Surveillance Branch and the Director of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). He has received several awards, including:

The Global Health Achievement Award for his work in Banda Aceh after the tsunami.
The Department of Health and Human Services Honor Award for his work on flu monitoring.
The Shepard Award for outstanding scientific contribution to public health for his work on BRFSS.
The Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award from the American Association for Public Opinion Research for innovation in research on address-based sampling