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, Effectiveness and Impact of Counseling Enhanced with Electronic Cigarettes for Harm Reduction in Smokers with Opioid Use Disorder. Active
Principal Investigator, Evaluating Smoking Cessation and Harm Reduction Approaches among People Living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. 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
Principal Investigator, Use of E-Cigarettes for Smoking Harm Reduction among People Living with HIV/AIDS. Completed


Boakye E, Osuji N, Erhabor J, Obisesan O, Osei AD, El-Shahawy O, Blaha MJ (2023).
Healthcare provider screening for tobacco product and electronic cigarette use among youth in the United States
Journal of Adolescent Health, 72 (5), 819-822. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2022.12.004. PMCID: PMC10121729.

Obisesan OH, Uddin SMI, Boakye E, Osei AD, Mirbolouk M, Orimoloye OA, Dzaye O, El-Shahawy O, Stokes A, DeFilippis AP, Benjamin EJ, Blaha MJ (2023).
Pod-based e-cigarette use among US college-aged adults: A survey on the perception of health effects, sociodemographic correlates, and interplay with other tobacco products
Tobacco Induced Diseases, 21, 34. doi: 10.18332/tid/159177. PMCID: PMC9983309.

Al Balushi M, Al Balushi S, Javaid S, ..., El-Shahawy O, ..., Sherman S, ..., Ali R (2022).
Association between depression, happiness, and sleep duration: Data from the UAE healthy future pilot study
BMC Psychology, 10 (1), 235. doi: 10.1186/s40359-022-00940-3. PMCID: PMC9587590.

Boakye E, El-Shahawy O, Obisesan O, Dzaye O, Osei AD, Erhabor J, Uddin SMI, Blaha MJ (2022).
The inverse association of state cannabis vaping prevalence with the e-cigarette or vaping product-use associated lung injury
PLoS One, 17 (10), e0276187. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0276187. PMCID: PMC9576092.

Mirbolouk M, Boakye E, Obisesan O..., El-Shahawy O, ..., Blaha MJ. (2022).
E-cigarette use among high school students in the United States prior to the COVID-19 pandemic: Trends, correlates, and sources of acquisition
Preventive Medicine Reports, 29, 101925. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101925. PMCID: PMC9326337.

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