University of Memphis appoints Ashish Joshi as Dean of School of Public Health

The University of Memphis announced Wednesday that Ashish Joshi will begin August 1 as the new dean of the School of Public Health.

Joshi, 46, is from New York City where he currently works as senior associate dean for academic and student affairs at the City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics. , according to a press release from the U of M.

He succeeds James Gurney, who returned to the faculty after approximately three years as Dean. Currently, Marian Levy is Acting Dean.

Joshi, born in India, joined CUNY in 2014 and was appointed to his current role in 2018.

Ashish Joshi will begin Aug. 1 as the new dean of the University of Memphis School of Public Health.  Joshi, 46, has worked since March 3, 2022 as senior associate dean for academic and student affairs at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy and professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, according to the U of M press release.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery from Punjabi University in India, a master’s degree in public health from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in health informatics from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, according to the release.

Prior to CUNY, Joshi served as an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Research and Administration at the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Her latest work includes engagement in the local and global response to COVID-19. Joshi led CUNY’s School of Public Health’s collaboration with the New York City Mayor’s Housing Recovery Office to secure a nearly $10 million grant to help implement the city’s test and trace program , according to the press release.

The program has helped New York communities and ensured individuals are connected to needed community resources.

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He has also been involved in global health projects in India, Haiti, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Brazil and Egypt, where he implemented nearly two dozen health technology interventions in the areas of population surveillance, health interventions, consumer health informatics and population health dashboards, according to the release.

Joshi pursues his passion for research, scholarly work, and innovative and entrepreneurial initiatives as a principal investigator and co-investigator on several research projects funded by the city, state, National Institutes of Health, and other international foundations and scientific agencies, according to the statement.

He has also formed the SMAART (Sustainable, Multisector, Accessible, Affordable, Reimbursable and Tailored) model for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals and has presented his work to the World Health Organization, the United Nations and several other agencies. governments around the world, according to the statement.

Recently, the Open Society Foundation also funded Joshi to establish the first regional population health informatics hub at the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University Bangladesh, according to the release.

The center strives to train students in population health informatics skills to improve the data and research capacity of public health practitioners in Bangladesh and the region, according to the statement.

Joshi has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles on population health informatics and conceptions, developed and implemented technological innovations and clinical care and population health interventions to improve the people’s well-being, according to the statement.

The statement also states that Joshi is co-author of the world’s first book on “Population Health Informatics: Driving Evidence-Based Solutions into Practice.”

Joshi chairs the American Medical Informatics Association’s Global Health Informatics Task Force and is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association’s DEI committee, according to the release.

Dima Amro covers the suburbs for The Commercial Appeal and can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @AmroDima.

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