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Omar A. Khan, M.D., MHS, FAAFP - ChristianaCare. Wilmington, DE, US

Omar A. Khan, M.D., MHS, FAAFP

Enterprise Chief Scientific Officer | ChristianaCare


Dr. Omar Khan is the enterprise chief scientific officer and vice president of research administration and scientific affairs.


Dr. Omar Khan is the enterprise chief scientific officer and vice president of research administration and scientific affairs for ChristianaCare. In this role, Khan will oversee research administration across the enterprise, including the Office of Sponsored Programs, Office of Research Finance, Office of Research Coordination, the Institutional Review Board and related areas.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Global Health

Medical Education

Public Health

Medical Writing‎

Healthcare Leadership

Education (4)

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: MPH, Post-Graduate Training

University of Vermont: M.D., Medical School 2003

University of Pennsylvania: M.S.

University of Pennsylvania: B.S.



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Media Appearances (7)

ChristianaCare receives $2.4 million grant to bolster healthcare across the state

Delaware Public Media  online


Christiana’s Omar Khan said there’s a need for not only more primary care and behavioral health providers, but for medical assistants and other important health care roles. “The healthcare needs of the future aren’t going to be one doctor, 100 patients. They’re really going to be: here’s our community, what’s a team that’s needed to serve that?” Khan said.

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Housing, Place, and Health Outcomes

First State Insights  online


Tim Gibbs and Dr. Omar Khan of the Delaware Academy of Medicine/Delaware Public Health Association (delamed.org/) speak about connections among health, housing, and place with Julia O’Hanlon and Sean O’Neill, Policy Scientists at the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration. Topics covered in this August 22, 2022 conversation include the function of housing and place as social determinants of health, the importance of collaboration among housing, medical, and planning professionals, and the focus and value of resources provided through the Delaware Journal of Public Health.

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Global Health is Local Health: A Physician at the Frontlines

The University of Vermont  online


As president and CEO of Delaware Health Sciences Alliance, an organization that includes the major health systems and research universities in the Delaware Valley, Dr. Omar Khan, MD ’03, is at the frontlines of the COVID-19 response. He’s been working with his team to ramp up testing and treatment, source personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, and keep the community informed, all while continuing to see patients himself as a family medicine physician.

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Can once at-risk medical school pipeline help boost primary care in Delaware?

Delaware Online  online


Dr. Omar Khan, CEO of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance, said his organization wants to help more DIMER students become interested in pursuing primary care.

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Interview With Dr. Omar Khan, Noted Global Health Specialist

Health Promotion Practice  online


Dr. Khan has had a distinguished career in global health. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. He is currently a family medicine physician at Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware, and is President of the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Khan has authored more than 55 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and has conducted research and lead primary care and public health initiatives in numerous countries. Last year, Dr. Khan also coedited a book titled Megacities and Global Health sponsored by the American Public Health Association with Dr. Gregory Pappas, Deputy Health Commissioner for Washington, DC.

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In their own words Vt. writer helps medical workers tell their stories

Times Argus  online


One of the people who joined it was Dr. Omar Khan, a native of Pakistan and the founder of the global health program at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Khan and Brookes became friends. In 2003, Kahn, who chairs the publications board of the American Public Health Association, asked Brookes to write a book about SARS. In 2005, he asked him to write another book, this one about the global campaign to end polio. Brookes and Kahn decided to go to Pakistan and accompany a team of public health workers on a polio vaccination campaign.

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Local Duo Creates 'Writers Without Borders'

Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice  online


Enter Writers Without Borders. Brookes and Dr. Omar A. Khan of the University of Vermont College of Medicine have created that initiative — borrowing its moniker from the international volunteer organization Doctors Without Borders — in order to teach those writing skills to public health professionals in countries that need them. Brookes begins, he says, with a “combination of storytelling and journalism.” And, he adds, “Being a middle man to help people get published [in journals and magazines] is certainly one of our aims.

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Selected Papers and Publications (6)

Teaching Global Health at an Academic Health Center in Delaware:: The evolution of a Global Health curriculum and Global Health Residency Tracks at Christiana Care Health System

Delaware Journal of Public Health

2018 The increasing interconnectedness of the world and the movement of people (voluntary and involuntary) challenges all those in health to understand the global burden of disease. There subsequently arises the need to develop tools to address health disparities through direct clinical care and health systems level change. At the same time there is the essential need for education on cross-cultural interactions and mutually respectful, sustainable interactions, especially when operating in a global space.

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Strategies to Engage Community Partners in Research used by Delaware-CTR ACCEL

Interpersonal Relations

2017 Community-engagement is a key step in conducting research which is impactful for patients and communities. The Delaware Clinical and Translational Research (DE-CTR), Accelerating Clinical and Translational Research (ACCEL) program has implemented several successful approaches to engage our community, and to educate and motivate our researchers in this area. Increased participation in community-engaged research and community-based participatory research was accomplished through DE-CTR/ACCEL using multiple methods detailed in this manuscript. The community engagement infrastructure has fostered community involvement in translational research including capacity development, implementation, evaluation and dissemination. Academic-community partnerships for research, such as those implemented in ACCEL will be crucial to addressing health disparities and health priorities.

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Beyond Medical "Missions" to Impact-Driven Short-Term Experiences in Global Health (STEGHs): Ethical Principles to Optimize Community Benefit and Learner Experience

Academic Medicine

2016 Increasing demand for global health education in medical training has driven the growth of educational programs predicated on a model of short-term medical service abroad. Almost two-thirds of matriculating medical students expect to participate in a global health experience during medical school, continuing into residency and early careers. Despite positive intent, such short-term experiences in global health (STEGHs) may exacerbate global health inequities and even cause harm. Growing out of the "medical missions" tradition, contemporary participation continues to evolve. Ethical concerns and other disciplinary approaches, such as public health and anthropology, can be incorpo rated to increase effectiveness and sustainability, and to shift the culture of STEGHs from focusing on trainees and their home institutions to also considering benefits in host communities and nurtur ing partnerships.

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Advancing maternal survival in the global context: are our strategies working?

BMC Public Health

2013 There have been significant gains in improving maternal mortality over the last two decades. Researchers have suggested a variety of interventions and mechanisms to explain these improvements. While it is likely that much of what has been done in research and programs has contributed to this decline, the evidence regarding what works in the settings in which women deliver continues to face many challenges. We review the evidence for these improvements and suggest that there remain areas to focus on, particularly the births which currently take place in an unsupervised or substandard environments. We highlight the main areas where more evidence is needed, and end with a call to determine which of our interventions seem to have the most benefit; which do not; and where to invest future resources.

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Global health education in U.S. Medical schools

BMC Medical Education

2013 Interest in global health (GH) among medical students worldwide is measurably increasing. There is a concomitant emphasis on emphasizing globally-relevant health professions education. Through a structured literature review, expert consensus recommendations, and contact with relevant professional organizations, we review the existing state of GH education in US medical schools for which data were available. Several recommendations from professional societies have been developed, along with a renewed emphasis on competencies in global health. The implementation of these recommendations was not observed as being uniform across medical schools, with variation noted in the presence of global health curricula. Recommendations for including GH in medical education are suggested, as well as ways to formalize GH curricula, while providing flexibility for innovation and adaptation

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Global Health Education: International Collaboration at ICDDR,B

Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition

2010 The purpose of this commentary is to provide an overview of the growing interest in global health education at ICDDR,B and to review examples of how this has grown from public-health research and education to include clinical education (medical and nursing) as well. This parallels the growth of the institution, with an increased focus on educational linkages within and beyond Bangladesh and the rise in interest in global health at western medical schools. Specific collaborations, their setup and structure are described. This is presented as a model for other centres of excellence in developing countries to engage their partners in the South and North on matters of education and research for mutual cooperation and benefit.

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External Service & Affiliations (6)

  • Delaware Public Health Association : Board Chair
  • Sidney Kimmel Medical College/Thomas Jefferson University, and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine : Professor of Family & Community Medicine
  • PCORI : Scientific Merit Reviewer
  • Upstream USA : Clinician Leadership Council
  • Asylum Network, Physicians for Human Rights : Member
  • Delaware Journal of Public Health : Editor In-Chief

Selected Honors & Awards (7)

‘Top Doc’, Philadelphia Magazine

2016 - 2023

Dean’s Award for Service to Medicine & Community, University of Vermont


Editor of the Year, BioMedCentral


EM/FM Teacher of the Year Award, ChristianaCare


Alumnus of the Year Award, Wilmington Friends School


Alumnus of the Year Award and Resident Teacher of the Year Award, University of Vermont


AAFP/Pfizer Teaching Development Award


Event Appearances (2)

"Health Policy in the Time of COVID-19: Lessons from Global Health"

Medical Grand Rounds  Newark, Delaware


"The COVID-19 Pandemic"

Consortium of Universities for Global Health  Global Webinar


Research Focus (1)

Research Focus

Clinical & Translational Research Leadership Health Systems Strengthening Comparative Health Policy Impact of Medical Education on Delaware's Physician Workforce

Research Grants (3)


National Institutes of Health NIGMS 


IDeA Program Grant

National Institutes of Health NIGMS 

#P20 GM103446


National Institutes of Health NIGMS