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, Capacity Building of Health Care Providers in Egypt to Counsel Pregnant Women and Their Families Regarding Smoking Cessation and Second Hand Smoking Avoidance. Active
Principal Investigator, Use of E-Cigarettes for Smoking Harm Reduction among People Living with HIV/AIDS. Active


Allen B, El-Shahawy O, Rogers ES, Hochman S, Khan MR, Krawczyk N (2021).
Association of substance use disorders and drug overdose with adverse COVID-19 outcomes in New York City: January-October 2020
Journal of Public Health, 43 (3), 462-465. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdaa241. PMCID: PMC7799011.

Matulewicz RS, Bjurlin MA, Carvalho FL, Mossanen M, El-Shahawy O (2021).
Best practices for assessing and reporting tobacco use in urology oncology practice and research
Urologic Oncology, 39 (8), 446-451. doi: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2021.04.033.

Weissman JD, Lim S, Durr M, El-Shahawy O, Russell D (2021).
The current social environment and its association with serious psychological distress among adults who identify as lesbian, gay, and bisexual: findings from the National Health Interview Survey (2013–2018)
Journal of Public Health 10.1007/s10389-021-01633-8. doi: 10.1007/s10389-021-01633-8.

Matulewicz RS, Basak R, Zambrano I, Dearing BA, Schatz D, El Shahawy O, Sherman S, Bjurlin MA (2021).
Patterns of current cigarette smoking, quit attempts and cessation counseling among survivors of smoking-related and nonsmoking-related urological malignancies: A nationally representative cross-sectional analysis
Journal of Urology, 205 (5), 1444-1451. doi: 10.1097/JU.0000000000001483.

El-Shahawy O, Schatz D, Sherman S, Shelley D, Lee JD, Tofighi B (2021).
E-cigarette use and beliefs among adult smokers with substance use disorders
Addictive Behaviors Reports, 13, 100329. doi: 10.1016/j.abrep.2020.100329. PMCID: PMC7772361.

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