Dr. El-Mohandes elected to APHA executive board

Ayman El-Mohandes, M.B.B.Ch., M.D., M.P.H., dean of UNMC's College of Public Health, was elected to serve a four-year term on the executive board of the American Public Health Association (APHA) at the 140th Annual Meeting and Exposition last week.

This is the first time in many years that a member of APHA Region VII, which includes Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa and Kansas, has been elected to this position.

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Ayman El-Mohandes, M.B.B.Ch., M.D., M.P.H.
"This is a great honor for me, our region and our college," Dr. El-Mohandes said. "I am dedicated to growing the public health system in Nebraska."

Increased standing

The position on the 24-member executive board increases the national standing of the college among researchers, practitioners, and potential students, Dr. El-Mohandes said.

For more than 15 years, Dr. El-Mohandes has given numerous presentations, submitted many abstracts and has served on the Committee for Women's Rights in the APHA, said Rita Parris, executive director of the Public Health Association of Nebraska.

"He has shown extensive leadership in the field of public health; as a practitioner and through research and education," Parris said.

About the APHA

The APHA is the oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world and has worked to improve public health since 1872. Members represent a broad array of health professionals and others who care about their own health and the health of their communities.


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Hesham El Refaey
February 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Congratulations, Dr. El-Mohandes, keep going

November 07, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Congratulations, Dr. El-Mohandes on a well-deserved honor!

November 07, 2012 at 8:13 AM

Great news, Congratulations!

Sherry Martin
November 07, 2012 at 7:50 AM

Congratulations, Dr. El Mohandes! Since beginning my employment here a little over a year ago I have watched Ayman as he goes through his work day. I don't believe I have ever seen someone so passionate over the welfare of our community as the Dean of the College of Public Health. His energy and enthusiam are contagious to the people around him. I am proud to be counted as one of the "COPHites."

More from the meeting

Also last week, students, faculty, and staff from the College of Public Health participated in the San Francisco APHA meeting.

The research of eight students and 19 faculty and staff was selected by peer-review for presentation.

Ketki Patel, M.D., a graduate student in epidemiology, won the prestigious Best Student poster award in the APHA Environment Section along with a scholarship that will help with membership, travel and other expenses.

Dr. Patel’s pilot study was on molecular techniques used to assess bioaerosol exposure.

The dean's reception, held during the meeting, was attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni and collaborating partners from the state and region.