Prof. Alaei, MD, MPH, MS, DrPH, MSt

Dr. Alaei is a global health policy expert who has been working in conservative social settings for two decades in several countries in the Middle East and Central Asia. He studied medicine, epidemiology, international health, health policy, and international human rights law at prestigious universities such as Harvard and Oxford.

He and his brother Arash co-founded the first ‘Triangular Clinic’ for three target groups in Iran (drug users, HIV patients, and STD cases), documented by the World Health Organization as a ‘Best Practice Model’. 

Dr. Alaei has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles in prestigious publications including the Lancet Global Health, the British Medical Journal and AIDS. He has been featured and interviewed by major academic journals such as NatureScience, and The Lancet.


2013-2015: University of Oxford, New College, Faculty of Law/Dept. for Cont. Education 

  • Master of Studies (MSt) in International Human Rights Law (LLM equivalent) 
  • Thesis: To What Extent Are Health Indicators and Human Rights to Health Indicators Compatible with Respect to HIV Services for Injecting Drug Users (Advisors: Margaret Bedggood (Oxford and Waikato), Sofia Gruskin (Harvard and USC)

2007-2013: State University of New York, University at Albany, School of Public Health, Dept. of Health Policy, Management and Behavior 

  • Doctoral Degree (DrPH) in Health Policy and Management 
  • Thesis: Risk Factors for Injection versus Non-Injection Drug Use in Iran (Advisors: Ben Shaw, Barry Sherman, Kaveh Khoshnood (Yale), Carl Latkin (Johns Hopkins University)

2005-2007: Harvard University, School of Public Health (HSPH), Dept. of Global Health and Population 

  • Master of Science (MS), in International Health 
  • Thesis: The Association between Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB), HIV/AIDS and Refugee Populations in Iran (Advisors: Saidi H. Kapiga, Joshua Salomon) 

2004-2005: Tehran University of Medical Sciences (Iran’s top-ranked University), School of Public Health 

  • Master of Public Health (MPH), Department of Epidemiology 
  • Thesis: HIV/AIDS Cases Attributable to Patterns of Drug Use in IDUs in Iran (Advisors: Kazem Mohamad, Reza Majdzadeh, Akbar Fotouhi) 

1998-2000: Shahid Beheshti Medical University, (Iran’s top 2-ranked University), School of Medicine 

  • Clinical Medical Intern, Medicine 
  • Thesis: The First study in Iran on Immunological and clinical findings of HIV in a group of hospitalized Iranian patients (Advisor: Davood Mansouri) 

1992-1998 Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, (Iran’s top 3-ranked medical school), School of Medicine, Isfahan, Iran

  • Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)  

2007: Harvard Medical School, Medical Observership, Division of HIV/AIDS, Department of Infectious Disease, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. 

  • Mentor: Sonya Shin, MD 

2003: AIDS Institute, NYS Department of Health, NYC, Post Doctorate, Ford Foundation AIDS Fellowship 

  • Mentor: Bruce Agins, MD, MPH 

2000-2002: Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Post Doctorate Clinical Experience on HIV/AIDS at Triangular Clinic, a United Nations/World Health Organizations’ Best Practice Model 

  • Mentor: Dr. Mansouri, MD 

Selected Interviews with Major Newspapers:

In recognition of his work, Dr. Alaei was awarded the following: