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Mohamed Farag, MBBCH

  • Professor - Adjunct

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6009
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


MBBCH, Mansoura University, 1977
PhD, Case Western Reserve and Mansoura Universities (Joint Program), 1988
MPH, Mansoura University, 1985


Mohamed Farag is physician internist, worked in Algeria, Egypt, USA and Saudi Arabia. He is former chair of the Public Health Department, Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt. During this tenure he implemented his teaching philosophy of student-centered learning, through problem-solving, workshops, peer education and continuous daily assessment and documented this experience in his book; “Tutor Guide: The Know How”.

His research is focused on health services and non-communicable diseases. In collaboration with Lakeside Hospital and Epidemiology Department, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, he evaluated the Egyptian National Bilharzia control program and published the seminal paper on the plausibility of eradication of schistosomiasis. He led important “national” research projects in KSA in the nineties: Infant and Child Mortality, National Immunization Coverage Survey, National Screening for Neonatal Hypothyroidism, National Maternal and Child Health Survey and Mapping KSA for Iodine Deficiency Disorders. Currently, he is leading NIH funded “natural experiment” to study effects of the historically recently introduced physical activity classes in girls’ schools in KSA. In collaboration with Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard University, he has established the Screening and Early Evaluation of Chronic Kidney Disease project (SEEK-Egypt).

As the National Coordinator of the Saudi Scientific Committee of Quality Assurance in Primary Health Care (PHC), Dr. Farag led a multifaceted reform. In collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), he designed, implemented, and evaluated a series of nationwide Training of Trainers workshops. This reform was endorsed and published by the WHO in a series of books that he co-authored: “Quality Assurance in PHC Manual Series”. He also co-authored “Synopsis of Indicators”, a book that was revised by Professor Avedis Donabedian. These books have been used as required manuals for all PHC centers in Saudi Arabia.

Dr. Farag has extensive teaching and mentoring record. One of his most important teaching activities was designing and teaching two major courses in health research and biostatistics targeted to medical and allied-medical faculty and trainees in Mansoura University. Currently, he teaches “Principles of Epidemiology”, a required core course for graduate students in JHSPH.

Honors and Awards

Egyptian Government Visiting Professorship Award, Program of Scientific Missions for Faculty, Ministry of Higher Education, 2011

Mansoura University Advancement Award in Health Sciences, 1998

Egyptian Government Scholarship for Foreign Doctoral Research, American-Egyptian joint program, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1987

  • Research interests of Dr. Farag include: Quality Assurance
  • Health Services Research
  • Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Obesity
  • Micronutrient Deficiency
  • Asthma
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Maternal and Child Health

Selected publications

  • Farag YM; Mittal BV; Singh AK; Farag MK. Prevalence of Chronic Kidney Disease in Egypt: Results from Screening & Early Evaluation of Kidney Disease (SEEK-Egypt Study). J Am Soc Nephrol. 2012 Suppl

  • Zedan M, Settin A, Farag MK, El-Bayoumi M, El Regal ME, El Baz R, Osman E. Gene polymorphisms of tumor necrosis factor alpha-308 and interleukin-10-1082 among asthmatic Egyptian children.Allergy Asthma Proc. 2008 May-Jun;29(3):268-73

  • Abdel-Hady ES, Emam M, Al-Gohary, Hassan M, Farag MK, Abo-Elkheir M. Screening For Cervical Carcinoma Using Visual Inspection Of Acetic Acid. International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics 2006 May, 93(2): 118-22

  • Al-Nuaim AR, Al-Mazrou Y, Farag Kamel M, Al-Attas O, Al-Daghari N, Sulimani R. Iodine deficiency in Saudi Arabia. Ann Saudi Med. 1997 May;17(3):293-7

  • Farag MK, al-Mazrou YY, al-Jefry M, al-Shehri SN, Baldo MH, Farghali M. National Immunization Coverage Survey Saudi Arabia, 1991. J Trop Pediatr. 1995;41 Suppl 1:59-67