Omar El-Shahawy, MD, MPH, PhD
NYU Langone Health - Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health, Section on Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use
NYU School of Global Public Health - Assistant Professor of Global Health, Department of Global Health
NYU Abu Dhabi - Adjunct Assistant Professor in Public Health, Public Health Research Center
PhD, Social and Behavioral Health, Virginia Commonwealth University
MPH, International Health Development, Vrije University and the Royal Tropical Institute
MBBCh, Bachelor of Medicine, Ain Shams University School of Medicine
Research Interests
New and alternative tobacco products, Patient-physician shared decision-making, Gender disparities, Tobacco use cessation programs, Tobacco cessation among vulnerable populations, Program planning and evaluation, mHealth, Tobacco use prevention and policy
Omar El-Shahawy is an Assistant Professor in the New York University School of Medicine, Department of Population, Section on Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use. He also holds an affiliated faculty position at the Department of Global Health, NYU School of Global Public Health.

Dr. El-Shahawy obtained his medical degree at the University of Ain Shams in Cairo, Egypt, in 2002 and his Master of Public Health in international health development from the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam, Netherlands, in 2007. He was awarded the prestigious Hubert Humphrey fellowship from the Department of State and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) in 2010. During his fellowship, he had a particular focus on gender issues in adolescent and marginalized groups. He later obtained his PhD in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences from the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. During his postdoctoral fellowship at NYU School of Medicine, Dr. El Shahawy focused on alternative tobacco product use among vulnerable populations including people with substance use disorder. His current research interests include novel tobacco products, smoking cessation among vulnerable populations, and patient-physician decision making.
Principal Investigator, Evaluating Smoking Cessation and Harm Reduction Approaches among People Living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Active
Principal Investigator, Use of E-Cigarettes for Smoking Harm Reduction among People Living with HIV/AIDS. Active
Principal Investigator, Capacity Building of Health Care Providers in Egypt to Counsel Pregnant Women and Their Families Regarding Smoking Cessation and Second Hand Smoking Avoidance. Completed


Boakye E, Osuji N, Erhabor J, Obisesan O, Osei AD, Mirbolouk M, Stokes AC, Dzaye O, El-Shahawy O, Hirsch GA, Benjamin EJ, DeFilippis AP, Robertson RM, Bhatnagar A, Blaha MJ (2022).
Assessment of patterns in e-cigarette use among adults in the US, 2017-2020
JAMA Network Open, 5 (7), e2223266. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.23266.

Taha MN, Al-Ghumgham Z, Ali N, Al-Rifai RH, Elbarazi I, Al-Maskari F, El-Shahawy O, Ahmed LA, Loney T (2022).
Tobacco use and exposure to environmental tobacco smoke amongst pregnant women in the United Arab Emirates: The Mutaba’ah study
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (12), 7498. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19127498. PMCID: PMC9224424.

Matulewicz RS, Feuer Z, Birken SA, Makarov DV, Sherman SE, Bjurlin MA, El-Shahawy O (2022).
National assessment of recommendations from healthcare providers for smoking cessation among adults with cancer
Cancer Epidemiology, 78, 102088. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2021.102088.

Bjurlin MA, Basak R, Zambrano I, Schatz D, El-Shahawy O, Sherman S, Matulewicz RS (2022).
Perceptions of e-cigarette harm among cancer survivors: Findings from a nationally representative survey
Cancer Epidemiology, 78, 102037. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2021.102037.

Bjurlin MA, Basak R, Zambrano I, Schatz D, El Shahawy O, Sherman S, Matulewicz RS (2022).
Patterns and associations of smoking and electronic cigarette use among survivors of tobacco related and non-tobacco related cancers: A nationally representative cross-sectional analysis
Cancer Epidemiology, 78, 101913. doi: 10.1016/j.canep.2021.101913.

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