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 upcoming book, Our Symphony With Animals. On Health, Empathy, and Our Shared Destinies.
Her prior book, Animals and Public Health. Why treating animals better is critical to human welfare, 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 Deputy Director of the Army Traumatic Brain Injury Program and Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics 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. Her blogs for the Huffington Post can be found here.
Dr. Akhtar lives in Maryland with her husband Patrick and their ornery feline, Silos.
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. government.”