Dr. Fyezah Jehan
Dr. Fyezah Jehan is an Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at The Aga Khan University Hospital. I’m trained Pediatrician and an Infectious Diseases Specialist in Pakistan with formal research training in Epidemiology & Biostatistics as a Global Infectious Disease Research fellow of the Fogarty International Center, NIH. Beside that I have an international portfolio and affiliation with agencies like WHO, MRC, BMGF and academic organizations like Stanford University, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and John’s Hopkins’s. to advocate maternal, child health and nutrition both as a researcher and an advisor. I also serve as a reviewer for many international journals and agencies. I’m a clinician, researcher and educator with a diverse research portfolio in the field of women & child health problems including infectious diseases and malnutrition. I hold a position of advisor to the World Health Organization, Geneva for matters related to maternal newborn, child and adolescent health and nutrition (STAGE-MNCAH-N https://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/bio_fjehan/en/) and leads projects funded by various international organizations such as WHO, MRC, Welcome Trust and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). I have been leading AKU Immunization program within the institution and in the underdeveloped areas of Karachi. Recently I have been advocated awareness for the COVID-19 and its vaccination at numerous platforms. I also serve as a mentor, supervisor, teacher and a role model for diversified individuals such as students, researchers and future doctors. I’ve been nominated among the top 100 WOMEN in Global Health in Pakistan.
I have a vast experience of mentorship with Undergraduate, Graduate, Postgraduate Students, Post-doctoral candidates, and junior faculties. I led the 8 weeks hospital Paediatric rotation of Year 4 students (UGME) for over five years. A systematic process of quality improvement initiative based on meticulous feedback and action led by me and my team, won accolades from students and faculty, influencing a number of students to seek honors and a career in Pediatrics. I enjoy my time with undergraduates, mentoring and coaching them for research projects, manuscript writing, life skills etc. As an alumnus of the MSc. Epidemiology and Biostatistics program, I also interact with Masters students for their topic selection, guidance and connecting them to prospective thesis supervisors. As a result, I poses decade of experience in leading teams of faculty, managers, researchers, students, physicians and community health workers. I’m involved in many mentorship programs run by student body like SPIE, SRF.
I developed an interest in the multitude of health problems of Pakistan and low middle income countries, particularly among newborn and young children. I identify myself to have a blend of sound clinical knowledge, solid research skills and the ability to ask meaningful questions for improving care of individuals and populations. I wear both a clinician’s and a public health person’s hat, which enables me to have a broader vision towards health and academics. Some of my research areas are (Maternal and Child Health, COVID-19, Vaccine Advocacy, Pneumonia care and innovations, Leadership and Supervision of Peri-urban Communities, Antibiotics for management of fast breathing in children, Education)
As principal investigator of extramural funding worth over 11 million USD, and more than 60 publications in high impact journals. (PubMed link). I steer large teams of faculty researchers and research staff to execute complex projects from idea conception, budget making and funding procurement to delivery of outputs and making quality improvements along the way. These resources have allowed me to envision capacity building in bioinformatics sciences at the university, to enable future genomic analysis for individuals and populations. I am strong on resource building and collaboration both nationally and internationally.