Mirza Ijaz Rahman, MD, MPH

  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology
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Dr. Mirza Rahman currently serves as the President of the American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and is a Co-Founder and President of the Guyanese Diaspora Charity, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on helping to improve the lives of Guyanese. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University and as an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Guyana, in South America. 
Most recently, Dr. Rahman was the Vice President & Chief Safety Officer at Organon, a global healthcare company. There, he was responsible for leading and setting the broad strategic direction for pharmacovigilance for this multinational company.

Prior to that, Dr. Rahman was the Senior Vice President, Chief Global Pharmacovigilance Officer & European Research & Development Lead at Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, a global Japanese based pharmaceutical company. In 2013, he created the ACPM - Otsuka Pharmacovigilance Physician Program in Global Medical Safety. Dr. Rahman joined Otsuka from Merck Research Laboratories, where he was an Executive Director in the Clinical Risk Management/Global Safety department. Before this, he worked at Johnson & Johnson in a variety of positions, serving as a Worldwide Vice President, Health Economics & Reimbursement at Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics in his last role there.

During his 25+ years in the pharmaceutical industry, while Dr. Rahman has worked primarily in Pharmacovigilance, he has also worked in Medical Affairs, Medical Information, Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Quality Management, Clinical Development, Manufacturing, and Regulatory Affairs. Dr. Rahman has utilized his training in Business Management, Preventive Medicine & Public Health, and in Family Medicine to ensure that the teams he has led, did their work in a compliant, cost-effective, and innovative manner, while making patient safety their highest priority!

Prior to practicing pharmaceutical medicine, Dr. Rahman was an Assistant Professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Preceding this, he served as the Medical Director of the Tri- Community Health Center in NY.

Dr. Rahman completed his General Preventive Medicine & Public Health Residency along with his Family Medicine Residency at Stony Brook University. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Columbia Business School. He earned his Master of Public Health degree from the Columbia University School of Public Health, his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and his Bachelor of Science degree from the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at the City College of the City University of New York.

Dr. Rahman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Preventive Medicine, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He has received multiple awards from the ACPM, the AMA, the AAFP, Merck, J&J, Otsuka, and Organon. 

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  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology


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