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Youssef Farag, MD, PhD, MPH
Faculty Director, Postgraduate Medical Education, Harvard Medical School
Associate Faculty, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Youssef MK Farag is the Co-Director of the Egypt Clinical Scholars Research Training (ECSRT), and the Technical Advisor for the PGME-Egypt Collaboration at Harvard Medical School. He is a Faculty Director in the Postgraduate Medical Education Department at Harvard Medical School, extensively involved in teaching and mentoring students in the Master of Medical Sciences in Clinical Investigation (MMSCI), Global CSRT and Portugal CSRT.

Dr. Farag holds an Associate Faculty appointment in the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He is also the Medical Director of Clinical Development at Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., a drug development company focused on developing a novel therapy for anemia of chronic kidney disease using hypoxia-sensing pathway.

Dr. Farag is a physician and an epidemiologist. He received his medical degree from Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt, and completed his clinical internship in Mansoura University Hospitals, and Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the renal division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He earned a Master of Public Health (MPH) with a concentration on Epidemiologic and Biostatistical Methods for Public Health and Clinical Research, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Farag's main research focus is the epidemiology and pathophysiology of chronic kidney disease. He is passionate for generating epidemiologic data on cardio-metabolic diseases for developing countries with poor research infrastructure. He is an author of nearly 50 original research contributions, review articles and conference proceedings.

Since 2010, Dr. Farag has been teaching introductory and advanced epidemiology, biostatistics and clinical research methods, and accumulated over 3000 teaching hours since then. He received several prestigious departmental and institutional teaching and service awards from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition, he has extensive experience with online and blended education. For the past 7 years, he has been the Co-Director of the Clinical Nephropathology Certificate program (CNC) of the International Society of Nephrology, the world’s first nephropathology online teaching program.

Dr. Farag is the Scientific Assistant Editor for Gordis Epidemiology (6th Edition), Amazon’s bestselling book in epidemiology and clinical research. He is also an Associate Editor for BMC Nephrology and BMC Health Services Research. Dr. Farag is a Fellow of the American Society of Nephrology, and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.