Dr. El-Mohandes is a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and academician. He serves as an elected member of the executive board of the American Public Health Association. Prior to his appointment as the Dean of the Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy at the City University of New York in 2013, he served as Dean of the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska, where he was also professor of epidemiology at the College of Public Health, and professor of pediatrics and of obstetrics/gynecology at the College of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center.
An established researcher in the field of infant mortality reduction in minority populations, Dr. El-Mohandes was supported by the NIH between 1994 and 2009 to conduct community-based interventions with pregnant women and new mothers in underserved communities. He has more than 100 citations published in the peer-reviewed literature, including published works on infant mortality in African Americans and American Indians and Alaska Natives, preterm births, and the environmental effects of tobacco smoke on pregnancy outcomes.