Dr. Reza Nassiri is Associate Dean of Global Health; Director of Institute of International Health; Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and lecturer in Global Health, Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. His research interests focuses on Clinical Pharmacology of HIV/AIDS & TB, prevention and control of infectious diseases, neglected tropical diseases, community health, global health, and socio-ethical determinants of health.
Prof. Nassiri works on international public health issues and has expertise in global health education, research, policy and governance. He has made contributions in various fields of medical sciences including clinical investigation and health education. One the basis of his extensive experience and expertise in HIV/AIDS and TB, he developed Clinical Research Programs in Brazil, South Africa, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Mexico. The core foci of such programs are socio-cultural, bio-ethical determinant of HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, control, and intervention.
Prof. Nassiri has delivered seminar presentations on HIV/AIDS, TB, and hematologic malignancies in numerous national and international conferences and workshops. He is widely recognized for his work in the areas of building effective international partnerships particularly in global health, community health, clinical care capacity building, and technical assistance mechanism. He is the founder of Michigan State University Osteopathic and Primary Health Clinic in Merdia, Yucatan, Mexico. He has developed academic and research partnership programs with Federal University of Para Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belem, Brazil. In collaboration with his Brazilian colleagues, he conducts research in the eastern Brazilian Amazon population on incidence and prevalence of HIV, TB, Hepatitis C and HPV. Also, in collaboration with UNIBE School of Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases and Community Health in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Prof. Nassiri conducts health development projects in resource-poor communities promoting health education, disease prevention and public health standards. Prof. Nassiri has established similar community health outreach program in Cap Haitian, Haiti, which is run in collaboration by the Northern Haiti Department of Health and Doctors United for Haiti (DUFH). This program also focuses cholera research. Most recently, Prof. Nassiri established a partnership research programming with Chennai Department of Health, Madras University Veterinary College and Tamil Nadu Veterinary & Animal Sciences University in Chennai, India, on the theme of zoonotic tuberculosis.
Prof. Nassiri served as the keynote speaker for International Association of Medical Students 2000 Conference in Lublin, Poland. His keynote address was focused on training of future physicians and healthcare professional knowledgeable and competent in HIV Medicine. In the past, he has served as the member of Merck’s and POMA Speaker’s Bureau for HIV/AIDS. He has also expertise in CME (infectious diseases and global health) and faculty development workshop in teaching and research. He also serves as a consultant for clinical care facility quality services and efficient administration.
His effort in developing Osteopathic International Outreach Programs for medical students is well recognized by the American Osteopathic Association. He organizes student medical missions on annual basis in Brazil, Caribbean region, and Latin America and has developed a clinical elective course “Diseases of Poverty and Tropical Medicine” that are taught during medical missions and international outreach programs. The goals of these programs are to provide medical students with opportunities to experience pathologies beyond the U.S. borders, to enhance students’ understanding of cultural competency, and also to make the host countries aware of osteopathic approach to the care patients.
Prof. Nassiri is a National Board of Medical Examiners (NBOME) item writer for COMLEX level-2 in hematologic disorders and infectious diseases including HIV and TB. He has undertaken a range of administrative duties at national and international levels, including membership of numerous committees for IAMRA (International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities), UNESCO Bioethics (a U.N. charter), OIA Outreach Programs, AOA-BIOMEA (AOA Bureau on International Osteopathic Medical Education and Affairs), Advisory Committee Member on HIV/AIDS for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Health Board Member for Erie County Department of Health in Erie, Pennsylvania, Vice President of IBN-Sina Medical Society in Cleveland, Ohio, and President of Sigma Xi Scientific Society for the N.W. Pennsylvania Chapter. He has also served as a consulting expert for the WHO on standardization of osteopathic practice in Milan, Italy, and Professional Board Member for Student National Medical Association. He was involved in international humanitarian projects such as Kenya Well Project (Village of Ngeta, Eastern Kenya), and International Wheelchair Mission for the impoverished countries.
Prof. Nassiri has chaired and co-chaired numerous national and international conferences including 43rd AOA Research Conference, ICAOR5, ICAOR7, One Health Summit GRF-Davos, and Korea One Health Forum. He is recipient of numerous national and international scholastic and teaching awards. Most recently, he has received the MSU International Diplomacy Award. He is on editorial board of four medical journals. He has been nominated for the AOA Hall of Fame Mentor of the Year Award for three consecutive years and was one the five finalists for 2008 AOA Hall of Fame Mentor of the Year Award in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Prof. Nassiri’s past professional membership included Global Health Alliance. He is currently a professional member for American Osteopathic Association, Society of Osteopathic Educators, International AIDS Society, French Society of Hematology, Infectious Diseases Society of America, Association of Medical School Pharmacology Chairs, and Infectious Diseases Society of North America.
Prof. Nassiri has recently initiated and is implementing “One Health” concept at Michigan State University, which is a cross-college and an integrative effort of multiple health and non-health academic disciplines working as a team to attain optimal health for people, animals, and most importantly, the environment.
Prof. Nassiri’s vision as the Director of MSU Institute of International Health (IIH) is to advance the knowledge of health and medicine to the impoverished and developing regions of the world through an active learning experience and development research projects, and therefore, making a difference in global health standards. This can be achieved by assisting MSU faculty and researchers with the pursuit of international objectives in their health-related field research through alignment with their specific college(s).
- Presentations and Articles
- Global Health Challenges: Ebola & Health in Wars and Conflicts
- Global Perspective in Higher Education
- One Health Approach Roadmap: A University Perspective - Presentation Abstract for GRF Davos One Health Summit 2013
- MSU One Health Perspective
- A Long Term Building Capacity Model that Prepares for Effective Disaster Relief
- Panel on Global Mobility: Highlighting Successful International Practice
- An Orthopedic-, Surgical-, and Epidemiological-Based Investigation of Leprosy, in the Tamil Nadu State of India
- HIV Prevention Measures in the Island of Hispaniola: Perspective on Capacity-building
- International Policy on Stem Cell Research
- Cultural Competency in Osteopathic Medicine
- Introduction to Pharmacology
- Bird Flu, (H5N1)
- Culturally Competent Medical Care
- Community and Public Health Effects of Tsunamis
- Re-emergence of Bird Flu, (H5N1)