Middle East Studies

The Impacts of War on Public Health: A Look at the Health Disaster Facing Palestinians in Gaza

SPH Webinar (Health Disaster in Gaza) Poster

Monday, February 5, 2024

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Online webinar. Access provided upon registration.  

Registration is required. Please register here.

About the Event

Please join us for a webinar about the disastrous public health impacts of the current war on the Gaza Strip. We will hear from speakers who will outline the links between conflict & public health, provide context for the public health situation in Gaza and Palestine before October, and hear first-hand testimonies about treating patients in the Gaza Strip.

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About the Speakers 

Dr. David Hasan, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Duke University School of Medicine
Dr. Hasan is a scientist neurosurgeon with extensive experience in management of cerebrovascular diseases and skull base tumors. He is a fellowship - dual trained open cerebrovascular and endovascular with a background of treating over 2500 brain aneurysms using very innovative techniques including awake surgery. Dr. Hasan just returned from treating patients in Gaza.He is an international authority in cerebrovascular research with over 270 peer-reviewed PubMed publications, multiple NIH grants, and member of several editorial boards of high impact medical and surgical journals.

Dr. Yara M. Asi, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Global Health Management - University of Central Florida. Codirector, Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University and Birzeit University
Dr. Asi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the School of Global Health Management and Informatics. Her research agenda focuses on global health, human rights, and development in fragile populations. She is a Non-resident Fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC, a 2020-2021 Fulbright US Scholar to the West Bank, and the Fall 2021 US Fellow at Al Shabaka Policy Network. Along with working at one of the first accountable care organizations in the United States, she has also worked with Médecins Sans Frontières, Amnesty International USA, and the Palestinian American Research Center on policy and outreach issues. She has presented at multiple national and international conferences on topics related to global health, food security, health informatics, and women in healthcare, and has published extensively on health and well-being in fragile and conflict-affected populations in journal articles and book chapters. Her work has also been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, +972 Magazine, The Conversation, Al Jazeera, The World, and other outlets. Her forthcoming book with Johns Hopkins University Press will examine war as a public health crisis.

Dr. Adam C. Levine, MD, MPH, FACEP, Director, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University
Dr. Levine is a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Health Services, Policy & Practice at Brown University. Dr. Levine currently serves as the Director for the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, whose mission is to promote a just, peaceful, and secure world by furthering a deeper understanding of human rights and humanitarian challenges around the globe, and encouraging collaboration between local communities, academics, and practitioners to develop innovative solutions to these challenges. He also serves as the Associate Dean of Global Health Equity for the Division of Biology and Medicine of Brown University. Dr. Levine received his Medical Doctorate from the University of California, San Francisco and his Masters of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley before completing specialty training in Emergency Medicine and Humanitarian Studies at Harvard University. He has previously led research and training initiatives in East and West Africa and South and South-East Asia. His own federal and foundation-funded research focuses on improving the delivery of emergency care in resource-limited settings and during humanitarian emergencies.