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Dr Sharif Ismail

BA MBBS MPhil MPH

Research Fellow

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

I am a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow at the School, and a Specialist Registrar in Public Health in London. I divide my time between academic research and service public health work, previously as a Health Adviser at the then UK Department for International Development (DFID), and most recently with the National Infection Service at Public Health England (PHE).

Before qualifying in medicine, I worked in policy analysis for RAND Europe, the Institute for Government, and the Nuffield Trust.

Affiliations

Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Centres

Vaccine Centre
Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre

Teaching

I help to deliver the Issues in Public Health and Principles and Practice of Public Health modules as part of the MSc in Public Health at the School, and also contribute to the distance learning MSc modules, Control of Infectious Diseases (IDM104) and Health Systems (GHM201).

Research

My interests span communicable disease epidemiology, health services research, and health policy and systems research, and use mixed-methods approaches. I have a particular interest in improving understanding of health system resilience and responses to shocks - including how we think about these concepts, and ways in which resilience can be assessed and/or measured. Previously, this has included analysis of the effects of armed conflict on communicable disease surveillance, prevention and control systems; health system adaptations including informal health service provision; refugee health worker integration; and the political economy of health and health service delivery in conflict-affected environments. I am currently working on resilience in childhood vaccination delivery in Lebanon and Uganda, using System Dynamics Modelling (SDM).

Most of my work is focused on the Middle East (specifically Lebanon, Syria and Egypt), although I have recently been involved in projects on various aspects of SARS-CoV-2 prevention and control in the UK.

Research Area
Complex interventions
Conflict
Health care policy
Health policy
Health systems
Public health
Vaccines
Capacity strengthening
Global Health
Immunisation
Mixed methods
Discipline
Development studies
Epidemiology
Operational research
Policy analysis
Country
Egypt
Lebanon
Syria
Yemen
Region
Arab World
Middle East & North Africa (all income levels)
Middle East & North Africa (developing only)

Selected Publications

Conceptualising and assessing health system resilience to shocks: a cross-disciplinary view
Ismail SA; Bell S; Chalabi Z; Fouad FM; Mechler R; Tomoaia-Cotisel A; Blanchet K; Borghi J
2022
Wellcome open research
Addressing challenges for clinical research responses to emerging epidemics and pandemics: a scoping review.
Sigfrid L; Maskell K; Bannister PG; Ismail SA; Collinson S; Regmi S; Blackmore C; Harriss E; Longuere K-S; Gobat N
2020
BMC Medicine
Informal healthcare provision in Lebanon: an adaptive mechanism among displaced Syrian health professionals in a protracted crisis.
Honein-AbouHaidar G; Noubani A; El Arnaout N; Ismail S; Nimer H; Menassa M; Coutts AP; Rayes D; Jomaa L; Saleh S
2019
Conflict and Health
Refugees, healthcare and crises: informal Syrian health workers in Lebanon
Ismail S; Coutts AP; Rayes D; Roborgh S; Abbara A; Orcutt M; Fouad FM; Honein G; El Arnout N; Noubani A
2018
Communicable disease surveillance and control in the context of conflict and mass displacement in Syria.
Ismail SA; Abbara A; Collin SM; Orcutt M; Coutts AP; Maziak W; Sahloul Z; Dar O; Corrah T; Fouad FM
2016
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
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