Ahmad Firas Khalid
PhD Student, McMaster Health Forum’s Impact Lab
Queen Elizabeth Scholar in Strengthening Health Systems
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Born in Amman, Jordan and raised in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Firas is a medical doctor enrolled in the Health Policy PhD at McMaster University and is being supervised by Dr. John Lavis. Previously, Firas worked as a medical research consultant for the World Health Organization (WHO), in the department of Child and Maternal Health in Geneva. His work at WHO focused on setting the new 2025 Child Health Prioritization Goals and coordinating a critical review of the summary of evidence for maternal, neonatal and child health interventions in low- and middle-income countries to be included in the LiST module of the OneHealth tool. Firas has also worked at Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he handled media coverage of health related issues in Sudan and Middle East Region.
Firas attended St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2005 where he graduated MD with Research Distinction. During his tenure, he was a recipient of the International Peace Scholarship and the prestigious Humanitarian Award awarded to individuals who exhibit academic excellence and dedication to the enhancement of their country’s health systems. He also holds a Masters of Management (IMHL) from McGill University (2014), and both a Masters of Health Professions Education (2014) and a Graduate Certificate in Population Health Risk Assessment and Management (2012) from the University of Ottawa. While at McGill University, Firas collaborated with two other program participants to win a Grand Challenges Canada (GCC) $100,000 grant to field test a low-cost, water-purifying copper device in India and Kenya.
With the help of Queen Elizabeth Scholarship program, Firas will complete an internship at Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in the United Kingdom, where his work will focus on how health systems react to crisis situations in low- and middle-income countries.
In recognition of his academic and research achievements, Firas has been granted a 2015-16 Dalley Fellowship from McMaster University.