Associate Professor of Surgery (Research)



Ruhul Abid, MD, PhD is Associate Professor of Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School and Principal Investigator at the CardiovascularResearch Center (CVRC), Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Abid received his MD from Dhaka Medical College with special training on hypertension and related diseases. He also served as the Project Leader of a PHC (Global Health) project with special emphasis on communicable and non-communicable diseases including cardiovascular and maternal health care in Bangladesh. Dr. Abid received his PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, Japan. He completed a Fellowship in Vascular Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School in 2001. He began his career at Harvard Medical School as an Instructor in Medicine in 2002, rising to the rank of Assistant Professor in 2006. He joined Brown Medical School in 2011 and has established his vascular biology lab at the CVRC of Rhode Island Hospital. He served on the Medical Faculty Executive Council of Alpert Medical School from 2012-2015. He has been serving as an Executive Faulty Member at Brown Global Health Initiative since 2017.

Dr. Abid has combined careers in research on vascular biology, cardiovascular diseases, global health, and teaching of graduate and medical students. His research interests include mechanisms of coronary circulation in health and disease (e.g. myocardial ischemia), signal transduction in vascular endothelial cell, and effects of reactive oxygen species on endothelial function and coronary angiogenesis. Dr. Abid has active global health programs that serve underserved industrial and garment factory workers in Bangladesh since 2013 and the Rohingya refugees from Myanmar since 2017. Many faculty members, medical students and undergraduate students from Brown University have been actively involved in Dr. Abid's global and international health programs abroad. He has published many original research, review articles and book chapters. He has been continuously supported by research grants from the American Heart Association (SDG, GIA) and NIH/NHLBI/NIGMS (R01, P20) since 2004. His global health programs have been funded by UKAID/DFID, Grand Challenges Canada, and UNFPA. In recognition of his research achievements, Dr. Abid was honored by the American Heart Association with the prestigious Werner Risau New Investigator Award in Vascular Biology in 2011. Dr. Abid is also the recipient of the 6th annual Young Investigator Award in Thrombosis from the ATVB, American Heart Association in 2006. He has served as a member of the study sections for the American Heart Association, Association for International Cancer Research (AICR), and NIH (adhoc- VCMB). He has been serving as a full member of the Lipids, Thrombosis, and Vascular Wall Biology-Clinical (LTVWB-Clinical) Study Section since 2008. Dr. Abid has mentored many residents, postdoctoral fellows, medical and undergraduate students during his tenure at HMS and Brown Alpert Medical School.

Ruhul Abid has been utilizing his extensive experience in both research and medicine to advance cardiovascular medicine and global health research.


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