Dr. Jasjit S. Ahluwalia is a consulting physician investigator. His primary research has focused on nicotine addiction and smoking cessation in African-American smokers by way of conducting clinical trials, secondary analysis, qualitative research, and clinical epidemiology research. Ahluwalia recently extended his research to the role of menthol in quitting, pharmacokinetics of nicotine, pharmacogenetics, and cancer biomarkers. In addition, he is engaged in global health efforts with two active research projects in Mumbai and New Delhi, India. Through his efforts at the University of Minnesota CTSA, he has worked locally and nationally on clinical research training and career development for undergraduates up to faculty.
He has received more than $21 million in funding as principal investigator and more than $80 million as co-investigator and is widely published. In 2009, he was awarded a $6.2 million NIH grant establishing the Center for Health Equity at the University of Minnesota.
Ahluwalia received his undergraduate degree at New York University and a combined MD/MPH from the Tulane University Schools of Medicine and Public Health and Tropical Medicine. During a two-year fellowship at Harvard, he studied clinical epidemiology, trained in clinical research, and earned an MS in health policy from its T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Subsequently, Ahluwalia held a joint appointment as assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of health policy at the Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health, becoming one of the 30 inaugural fellows of the interdisciplinary-focused Carter Center at Emory.
He was named vice chair and director of research for the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1997 and then department chair in 2001, becoming the Sosland Family Endowed Chair in 2003. Additionally, Ahluwalia served as the inaugural chair of a charted NIH study section titled, Health Disparities and Equity Promotion, and in 2014, completed a 3-year term on the NIH/DHHS National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities, for which he served as chair during the last year of his term.
Among other honors, Ahluwalia received the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s national award for his excellence in mentoring, the Herbert W. Nickens award from the Society of General Internal Medicine for national leadership and research in improving minority health, and a lifetime leadership award from the American Public Health Association for his work on tobacco. He has been a member of the boards of directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Society of General Internal Medicine, and currently serves on the board for the Association for Clinical and Translational Science.
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