Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Ali Ardalan

Ali Ardalan

Director of Disaster and Emergency Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

Ali Ardalan MD, PhD, is a pioneer in disaster risk management in Iran and the MENA region who was the driving force behind the creation of MPH and PhD training programs in disaster health studies. He is Director of Disaster and Emergency Health at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, an Adviser to Health Deputy Minister, and Director of Disaster Risk Management Office at I.R.Iran Ministry of Health and Medical Education. He was a nominee for the 2015 UN Sasakawa Award. Since 2012, he is a Visiting Scientist at Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health, and a Senior Fellow at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. Dr. Ardalan is author and co-author of over 70 articles in English and Persian peer reviewed journals. He is a member of WHO/EMR Health Emergency Advisory Group, and a member of the UNISDR Asia Science, Technology and Academic Advisory Group (ASTAAG).


  1. Ardalan A, Kandi Keleh M, Saberinia A, Kohorasani-Zavareh D, Khankeh H, Miadfar J, et al. 2015 Estimation of Hospitals Safety from Disasters in I.R.Iran: The Results from the Assesment of 421 Hospitals. PLoS ONE 11(9):e0161542. 2016. 
  2. A. Ardalan, S. Sohrabizadeh, M.F. Latifi, M.H. Rajaei, A. Asadi, S. Mirbeigi, N. Rouhi and H. Yousefi. Responding to physical and psychological health impacts of disasters: case study of the Iranian disaster rehabilitation plan. Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Vol. 22, No. 3, 2016.
  3. Ejeta LT, Ardalan A, Paton D. Application of Behavioral Theories to Disaster and Emergency Health Preparedness: A Systematic Review. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2015 Jul 1 . Edition 1.
  4. Ostadtaghizadeh A, Ardalan A, Paton D, Jabbari H, Khankeh HR. Community Disaster Resilience: a Systematic Review on Assessment Models and Tools. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2015 Apr 8 . Edition 1.
  5. Babaie J, Ardalan A, Vatandoost H, Goya MM, Akbarisari A. Performance Assessment of Communicable Disease Surveillance in Disasters: A Systematic Review. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2015 Feb 24 . Edition 1
  6. Pourhosseini, S.S., Ardalan, A., Mehrolhassani M.H., Key Aspects of Providing Healthcare Services in Disaster Response Stage. Iran J Public Health, Vol. 44, No.1, Jan 2015, pp.111-118
  7. Babaie J, Fatemi F, Ardalan A, Mohammadi H, Soroush M. Communicable Diseases Surveillance System in East Azerbaijan Earthquake: Strengths and Weaknesses. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2014 Dec 8 . Edition 1.