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Elie                           Akl

Elie A. Akl MD, PhD, MPH

Department of Medicine

Associate Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Internal Medicine; Public Health and General Preventive Medicine

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Professional Summary:

I provide care to acutely ill patients admitted to the inpatient wards at Erie County Medical Center. My training in both internal medicine and general preventive medicine enables me not only to manage these patients’ acute illnesses, but also to help them develop plans to halt or slow the progression of their chronic diseases, to prevent any potential related complications and to increase their wellness. I strive to practice the principles of evidence-based medicine, integrating the best available research evidence with patients’ circumstances, values and preferences.

As a clinical epidemiologist, I participate in national and international efforts to define best medical practices and help clinicians adopt them. I have played a primary role in developing guidelines for physicians on the best approaches to preventing and treating clotting diseases including pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, stroke, ischemic heart disease and peripheral artery disease. I have been involved with the World Health Organization (WHO) in developing guidance for low- and middle-income countries on preventing and treating HIV in vulnerable populations. I have similarly been involved in WHO global efforts to improve the health professionals’ training and retention in rural and underserved areas.

I also enjoy teaching undergraduate, graduate, and medical students as well as training medical residents. This gives me the pleasure of developing future generations of physicians and other health workers, and it keeps me challenged to stay up-to-date on my own medical knowledge and skills.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, SUNY Buffalo, USA (2008)
  • MPH, SUNY Buffalo, USA (2004)
  • MD, Université Saint Joseph, Lebanon (1999)
  • Assistant Professor (2006-present)
  • Assistant Professor
  • Research Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo (2004–2006)
  • Chief Resident, General Preventive Medicine residency program, Social and Preventive Medicine, University at Buffalo (2003–2004)
  • Resident, Combined Residency in Internal Medicine and General Preventive Medicine, University at Buffalo (2000–2004)
Awards and Honors:
  • Guest Researcher, Italian National Cancer Institute, Rome, Italy (2006)
  • Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Excellence in Teaching Award (2006)
  • Guest Researcher, Norwegian Health Services Research Centre, Oslo, Norway (2005)
  • 2005 Spring Fellow of the Trout Research and Education Center at Irish Lake (2005)
  • Thomas F. Frawley Residency Research award (2004)
  • Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine (ATPM) Award (2003)
  • Hariri Foundation scholarship (1992)

Research Expertise:
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Evidence Based Medicine
  • Physician migration
  • Thrombosis management in patients with cancer

Journal Articles:
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • DJ Cook, GH Guyatt, HJ Schunemann, Akl EA, R Foy, RJ Wall. Changing Behavior to Apply Best Evidence in Practice. 2008.
  • Akl EA. Japanese GRADE Handbook concise manual. 2008.
  • Akl EA, Foy R,eds. NorthStar. 2006.
  • E.A. Akl, H.J. Schünemann. Quality of life issues in endocrine diseases. In: Evidence-Based Endocrinology. Editor: Victor Montori; Humana Press. Totowa, NJ. 2006. 2006.

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Contact Information

Erie County Medical Center
462 Grider Street, CC142
Buffalo, NY 14215
Phone: (716) 898-5561
Fax: (716) 898-3119

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