Dr. Akhtar

Dr. Akhtar at TED

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a double Board-certified neurologist and preventive medicine/public health specialist and is on a mission!

She is demonstrating how there is a mutual benefit to both humans and animals when animals are protected. She is the author of the book, Animals and Public Health. Why treating animals better is critical to human welfare, which examines how the treatment of animals impacts human health. In her TED Talk, she discusses how treating animals better is not only good for animals, but also good for us. Dr. Akhtar has spoken and written extensively on the connection between animal protection and human health.

Dr. Akhtar is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics  and works for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She serves as Lieutenant Commander in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps to protect the public from public health threats.

She is published in peer-reviewed journals including Lancet, Pediatrics, Journal of Public Health Policy, and Reviews in the Neurosciences. Dr. Akhtar has been interviewed by major news media and appeared in the television shows, 30 Days, produced by Morgan Spurlock and Nick News discussing animal experimentation.

Dr. Akhtar is a graduate of the Eastern Virginia Medical School. She subsequently completed her general medicine internship at Washington Hospital Center and her neurology and preventive medicine residencies at the University of North Carolina Medical School in Chapel Hill. She received her Masters in Public Health at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, where she focused on bioethics. She has served on several Institutional Review Boards for the protection of human subjects in research.

She is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. Her blogs can be found here. She is a member of the Leadership Council for the Classy Awards. Dr. Akhtar lives in Maryland with her husband Patrick.

Finally, since she works for the U.S. government, Dr. Akhtar must provide the obligatory disclaimer: “The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. government.”