Dr Sharif Ismail
BA MBBS MPhil MPH
15-17 Tavistock Place
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).
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).
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.