Dr Irfan has MD (MBBS), PhD, MBA background and has worked, studied and lived in over 6 countries: He was born and grew up in Dubai; completed medical degree from Aga Khan University, Pakistan; worked in genetics and stem cell research at University of Toronto, Canada; completed clinical translational year in Dubai Medical College, Dubai; worked as clinician scientist in Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar; completed PhD in Epidemiology at Karolinska Institute, Sweden; Diversity Fellow for MBA at Kelley School of Business, Indiana University; currently Assistant Professor and Director of Research Development at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, and Advisory Board Member, Silicon Valley Innovation Center (SVIC) Health Practice, Infineon Technologies AG.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology and Ophthalmology, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, 2017-present, Director of Research Development, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Institute of Global Health, Michigan State University, 2017-present


  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) Candidate, Kelly School of Business, Indiana University, 2018-current
  • Doctor of Philosphy (PhD) in Epidemiology-Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 2013-17
  • Medical Degree (MBBS), College of Medicine, Aga Khan University


  • Irfan FB, Minetti R, Telford B, Ahmed FS, Syed AY, Hollon N, Brauman SC, Cunningham W, Awad ME, Saleh KJ, Waljee AK, Brusselaers N. Coronavirus pandemic in the Nordic countries: Health policy and economy trade-off. J Glob Health. 2022 Aug 8;12:05017. doi: 10.7189/jogh.12.05017. PMID: 35932219; PMCID: PMC9356530.
  • Irfan FB, Consunji RIGDJ, Janahi IA, Alinier G. Health research-strengthening and capacity development: Research support system model in an academic healthcare system. Qatar Med J. 2022 Aug 5;2022(3):36. doi: 10.5339/qmj.2022.36. PMID: 35974887; PMCID: PMC9372480.
  • Crespi Z, Hasan AI, Pearl A, Ismail A, Awad ME, Irfan FB, Jaffar M, Patel P, Saleh KJ. Current Guidelines and Practice Recommendations to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Conditions After Major Orthopaedic Surgeries. JBJS Rev. 2022 Mar 15;10(3).doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.21.00152.
  • Elhage KG, Awad ME, Irfan FB, Lumbley J, Mostafa G, Saleh KJ. Closed-incision negative pressure therapy at −125 mmHg significantly reduces surgical site complications following total hip and knee arthroplasties: A stratified meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Health Sci Rep.2022;5:e425. https://doi.org/10.1002/hsr2.425
  • Noreen N, Rehman SAU, Naveed I, Niazi SUK, Irfan FB. Pakistan's COVID-19 Outbreak Preparedness and Response: A Situational Analysis. Health Secur. 2021 Nov 11. doi: 10.1089/hs.2021.0006.
  • Naseem M, Arshad H, Hashmi SA, Irfan F, Ahmed FS. Predicting mortality in SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19) positive patients in the inpatient setting using a novel deep neural network. Int J Med Inform. 2021 Aug 21;154:104556. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2021.104556.
  • Crespi Z, Ismail A, Awad ME, Hasan AI, Irfan FB, Jaffar M, El-Othmani MM, Saleh KJ. Hospital-Acquired Conditions: A Review of Classical and Novel Risk Factors Following Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasties. JBJS Rev. 2021 Jul 16;9(7). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.20.00240.
  • R. Freed, H. Galhena, R. Ghimire, F. Irfan, N. Joshi, S. Madan, K. Maredia, M. Maredia, R. Mbabazi, S. Samaradivakara, and C. Weebadde; and J. Guenthner. Understanding the early impact of the COVID-19 crisis on people residing in South Asia: Main Findings of the Rapid Assessment Web Survey. June 2020. https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/key-findings-of-the-2020-south-asia-survey-on-the-effects-of-covid-19
  • Irfan FB, Castren M, Bhutta ZA, George P, Qureshi I, Thomas SH, Pathan SA, Alinier G, Shaikh LA, Suwaidi JA, Singh R, Shuaib A, Tariq T, McKenna WJ, Cameron PA, Djarv T. Ethnic differences in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest among Middle Eastern Arabs and North African populations living in Qatar. Ethn Health. 2021 Apr;26(3):460-469. doi: 10.1080/13557858.2018.1530736.
  • Tariq T, Karabon P, Irfan FB, Sieloff EM, Patterson R, Desai AP. National Trends and Outcomes of Nonautoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Alcoholic Liver Disease: Analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2020 Jul 29.
  • Bhutta ZA, Qureshi I, Shujauddin M, Thomas SA, Masood M, Dsouza LB, Iqbal N, Irfan FB, Pathan SA, Thomas SH. Characterizing Agreement in the Level of Interarm Blood Pressure Readings of Adults in the Emergency Department (CALIBRATE Study). Qatar Med J. 2020 May 4;2020(1):14. doi: 10.5339/qmj.2020.14. PMID: 32391250
  • Tariq T, Karabon P, Irfan FB, Goyal S, Mayeda MM, Parsons A, Judd S, Ehrinpreis M. Secondary Angiodysplasia-Associated Gastrointestinal Bleeding in End-Stage Renal Disease: Results From the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. World J Gastrointest Endosc., 2019 Oct 16;11(10):504-514.
  • Tariq T, Irfan FB, Farishta M, Dykstra B, Sieloff EM, Desai AP. Spontaneous fungal peritonitis: Micro-organisms, management and mortality in liver cirrhosis-A systematic review. World J Hepatol., 2019 Jul 27;11(7):596-606.
  • Eke R, Tariq T, Li T, Irfan FB. Colorectal cancer screening in hospitalized patients: results from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. Eur J Cancer Prev. 2019 Sep;28(5):413-419.

Research Interests

Dr. Irfan’s research overlaps epidemiology, public health and global health, clinical research, and data science/machine learning. He has carried out nationwide studies across a broad spectrum of diseases including cardiovascular diseases and cancer. His recent work has led to clinical outcomes predictive systems utilizing machine learning methods that are defining data science-driven health equity. He has also used data science methods that have allowed studies that impact national public health and global health policy.


Diversity Fellow Scholarship, Master of Business Administration, 2018-current, National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C), NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), 2021-current, Data Science Challenge Group, Center for Global Health Equity, University of Michigan, 2021-current, Faculty Advisor, American physician Scientists Association, Michigan State University, 2017-current

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