Dr. Iman Hakim, MD, PhD, MPH, is a professor of public health and the Dean of the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH). Dr. Hakim is the Mel & Enid Zuckerman Endowed Chair in Public Health and the founding director of the Global Health Institute. She also has served as the Director of the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at MEZCOPH and as the director of family and child health concentration. She is a member of the UA Cancer Center and Sarver Heart Center at the UA College of Medicine. She holds joint appointments in the Department of Nutrition at the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the UA College of Medicine.
She is internationally known for her translational research and work on the role of bioactive food compounds such as green tea and limonene in modulation of oxidative damage and prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Her research focuses on health promotion, dietary interventions, and the role of gene-environment and gene-nutrition interactions in chronic disease prevention.
She has been the Principal Investigator of several large-scale, behavior change interventions and clinical trials focused on nutrition and cancer prevention, tea consumption and coronary heart disease, chemoprevention of lung carcinogenesis using green tea; dietary interventions to study the effects of tea consumption on smoking-related oxidative stress and role of citrus-cancer association in Mediterranean diet.
Dr. Hakim has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and she has been recently selected to join a panel of international health experts as a member of the Healthy Roads International Advisory Committee. She is currently the chair of the Arizona Biomedical Research Commission and a member of Arizona Healthy aging advisory group.
Dr. Hakim earned her medical degree from Cairo University in Egypt where she completed her Pediatric residency. She received her PhD in in child health and nutrition from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Arizona.