Abdul El-Sayed, MD, DPhil
Executive Director of Public Health
Detroit Department of Health & Wellness Promotion
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a public health physician and epidemiologist, is the Executive Director of Public Health for the City of Detroit under Mayor Michael E. Duggan. In his role he oversees the Detroit health department and other health-related initiatives.
Dr. El-Sayed is an internationally recognized expert in population health policy, the social determinants of health, and health inequalities. Previously, he was Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University, where he directed the Columbia University Systems Science Program and Global Research Analytics for Population Health. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, commentaries and book chapters, in journals including JAMA, the American Journal of Public Health, and Pediatrics. He has been a featured speaker at national andinternational conferences. He is the recipient of numerous health policy research awards, including being named a Policy Innovator by the Carnegie Council. Dr. El-Sayed’s writings on urban health policy has been published in The New York Times, The Guardian, CNN, Al-Jazeera, The Hill, Project Syndicate, and Huffington Post. In addition he has appeared as an expert commentator on local, national, and international networks.
Dr. El-Sayed earned a doctorate in Public Health from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and an MD from Columbia University as a Soros Fellow. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan with Highest Distinction in Biology and Political Science, where he delivered the University-wide student commencement speech alongside President Bill Clinton in 2007.