Dr Shams Syed currently oversees African Partnerships for Patient Safety, based at WHO Headquarters in Geneva and has led the development of this innovative programme since its inception in 2008. In the summer of 2014 he assumed a new responsibility in shaping the launch of a new WHO initiative on universal health coverage and quality of care being spearheaded by WHO Service Delivery & Safety. He has a focused current academic interest in reverse innovation in global health systems.
Dr. Syed received his medical degree from St. George's, University of London, and subsequently practiced as an independent General Practitioner in the UK. He received postgraduate public health training at the University of Cambridge. Subsequently, he trained in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, is US Board Certified in Public Health & Preventive Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. His previous experiences include: involvement in a future-focused multi-country health systems research consortium; working at the Pan American Health Organization with seven Caribbean countries on strengthening health systems with a focus on surveillance systems; and working as the Advisor on Family and Community Health at the World Health Organization Country Office in Trinidad and Tobago.