Omar A. Khan, M.D., MHS, FAAFP is President & CEO of the Delaware Health Sciences Alliance, a collaboration between the major health sciences institutions in the Delaware valley. He serves as Enterprise Chief Scientific Officer for ChristianaCare, overseeing the functions of Research Administration & Scientific Affairs across the health system, which include the Office of Sponsored Programs, the IRB, and the Office of Research Finance. He has previously served as the inaugural Service Line Leader, Primary Care & Community Medicine, and Medical Director of the Eugene duPont Preventive Medicine & Rehabilitation Institute.
He serves a governance role on the Advisory Committees for Delaware’s main NIH-funded health sciences research programs namely the Delaware Clinical & Translational Research Program (ACCEL) (ACCEL) and INBRE, as well as chair of the External Advisory Committee for the Puerto Rico CTR. Dr. Khan is also a practicing family physician with particular interests in general primary care, health systems improvement, medical education, and global health, having served as founding director of the Global Health Residency Track in Family Medicine.
He is on the clinical faculty of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the medical staff of ChristianaCare and AI DuPont Hospital for Children. He has previously served on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he directed the Global Health electives in the Dept. of Family Medicine.
Dr. Khan is an immediate Past-President of the Delaware Academy of Medicine, Chair of the Advisory Council of the Delaware Public Health Association, and a Past President of the Delaware Academy of Family Physicians. He is a Trustee of ChristianaCare and former Board member of the ChristianaCare VNA. He serves on the annual Holloway Infectious Disease Symposium committee, the American Public Health Association annual conference program, and the annual meeting for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). He co-chairs the annual DHSA Global Health Symposium and the annual ACCEL Community Research Exchange. He is appointed to the Partnerships for Health Communities committee, and the State of Delaware’s Health Care Loan Repayment Program committee.
Dr. Khan received his BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania, MD and residency from the University of Vermont, and public health degree from the Johns Hopkins University. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Delaware Journal of Public Health (www.djph.org) and has authored/edited 5 books in the area of infectious diseases and global health, including as Editor in Chief (with Dr. David Heymann) of the renowned Control of Communicable Disease Clinical Practice Manual. He has been named a ‘Top Doc’ by Philadelphia magazine on several occasions including 2021-22. He is on Twitter as @homerkahn and his bi-monthly column, Khanversations, can be found at www.delamed.org. He spends his free time attempting to stay fit and work on his assorted automotive projects.