Ali Ardalan

Visiting Scientist

Department of Global Health and Population

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
2nd Floor, 14 Story Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138

Ali Ardalan MD, PhD, is a pioneer in disaster risk management in Iran who was the driving force behind the creation of MPH and PhD training programs in disaster health studies. He is Director of Disaster and Emergency Health Academy at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, an Adviser to Deputy Minister of Health, and Director of Disaster Risk Management Office at I.R.Iran Ministry of Health and Medical Education. He is also a Non-UN member of the United Nations’ Disaster Management Team in Iran.

Dr. Ardalan serves WHO/EMRO as a temporary adviser and collaborates with WHO/Geneva on advocacy of “health and disaster risk reduction” and “hospitals safe from disasters” worldwide, in line with post-2015 framework for DRR. He was selected by UNISDR as a candidate for the 2015 UN Sasakawa Award.

Since 2012, he is a Visiting Scientist at Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard School of Public Health, and a Senior Fellow at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative where working on development of two programs: “Middle East & North Africa Crisis Management” and “Public Health Leadership for Disaster Risk Reduction”.

Dr. Ardalan is author and co-author of over 70 articles in English and Persian peer reviewed journals and has contributed in 2009 UNISDR Global Assessment Report, and 2013 IFRC World Disasters Report. He was a guest researcher at the Karolinska Institute, and remains an active contributor to the Disaster Supercourse based in Pittsburgh University. Dr. Ardalan is an International Board of Global Network of Disaster Reduction (GNDR) where represents the Central Asia region.

Selected Publications:
Ardalan A, Kandi M, Talebian MT, Khankeh HR, Masoumi GR, Mohammadi R, Miadfar J, Maleknia S, Mobini A, Mehranain S. Hospitals safety from disasters in I.R.Iran: the results from assessment of 224 hospitals. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2014 Feb 28;6.

Ostadtaghizadeh A, Ardalan A, Paton D, Jabbari H, Khankeh HR. Community disaster resilience: a systematic review on assessment models and tools. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2015 April 8.

Babaie J, Ardalan A, Vatandoost H, Goya MM, Akbarisari A. Performance assessment of communicable disease surveillance in disasters: a systematic review. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2015 Feb 24;7.

Moradian MJ, Rastegarfar B, Rastegar MR, Ardalan A. Tehran dust storm early warning system: corrective measures. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2015 Feb 24;7.

Fatemi f, Moslehi SH, Ardalan A. Preparedness functions in disaster: lesson learned from Tehran dust storm, 2014. Natural Hazards. 2015. DOI 10.1007/s11069-015-1601-5.

Pourhosseini SS, Ardalan A, Mehrolhassani MH. Key aspects of providing healthcare services in disaster response. Iran J Public Health. 2015;44(1):111-8.

Soltani A, Ardalan A, Darvishi Boloorani A, Haghdoost AK, Hosseinzadeh MJ. Site selection criteria for sheltering after earthquakes: A systematic review. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2014 August 29.

Babaie J, Fatemi F, Ardalan A, Mohamadi H, Soroush M. Communicable diseases surveillance system in East Azerbaijan earthquake: Strengths and weaknesses. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2014 Dec 06.

Babaie J, Moslehi Sh, Ardalan A. Rapid health needs assessment experience in 11 August 2012 east Azerbaijan earthquakes: a qualitative study. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2014 July 7.

Djalali AR, Ardalan A, Ohlen G, Ingrassia P, Della Corte F, Castren M, Kurland Lisa. Nonstructural safety of hospitals for disasters: A comparison between two capital cities. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2014. doi:10.1017/dmp.2014.21.

Ardalan A, Sepehrvand N, Pourmalek F, Masoumi GR, Sarvar M, Mahmoudabadi A, Rezaie A. Deadly rural road traffic injury: A rising public health concern in I.R.Iran. International Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2014; 5:241-4.

Tadesse L, Ardalan A. Health sector initiatives for disaster risk management in Ethiopia: A narrative review. PLoS Currents Disasters. 2014. April 1.

Rastegar Far B, Moradian MJ, Ardalan A, Babaie J. Investment on education of future parents: the best measure for enhancement of a community disaster resilience. Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2014; May; 16(5): e10349. DOI:10.5812/ircmj.10349.

Ardalan A, Mowafi H, Burkle FM. Iran’s Disaster Risk: Now is the time for community-based public health preparedness. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2013; 28(5):1-2.

Ardalan A, Mowafi H, Malekafzali H, Abolhasanai F, Zanganeh AM, Safizadeh H, Salari S, Zonoobi V. Effectiveness of a primary health care program on urban and rural community disaster preparedness, I.R.Iran: A community intervention trial. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. 2013; 7(5):481-90.

Ardalan A, Hajiuni A, Zare M. Aftershocks following the 9 April 2013 Bushehr earthquake, Iran. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2013. 28 August.

Ardalan A, Mowafi H, Yousefi H. Impacts of natural hazards on primary health care facilities of Iran: A 10-year retrospective survey. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2013. June 28.

Ostadtaghizadeh A, Mowafi H, Ardalan A. School fire in Iran: Simple actions save lives. Annals of Burns and Fire Disasters. 2013; 26(1):44-7.

Ardalan A, Babai J, Moradian MJ, Shariati M, Yousefi H. Incorporating the lessons learned from 2012 east Azerbaijan earthquakes in Iran’s national health emergency plan. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2013; 8:1.

Ahmadnezhad E, Holakouie Naieni K, Ardalan A, et al. Excess mortality during heat waves, Tehran Iran: An ecological time-series study. Journal of Research in Health Sciences. 2013. 13(1):24-31.

Ostadtaghizadeh A, Soleimani SV, Ardalan A. Lessons from a flash flood in Tehran subway, Iran. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2013. May 2.

Ardalan A, Rajaei MH, Masoumi G, Azin A, Zonoobi V, Sarvar M, Vaskoei Eshkevari K, Ahmadnezhad E, Jafari G. 2012-2025 Roadmap of I.R.Iran’s disaster health management. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2012. July 16.

Zafarghandi MR, Soroush MR, Mahmoodi M, Naieni KH, Ardalan A, et al. Incidence of cancer in Iranian sulfur mustard exposed veterans: a long-term follow-up cohort study. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 Jan;24(1):99-105.

Ardalan A, Mesdaghinia AR, Masoomi GR, Holakouie Naieni K, Ahmadnezhad E. Higher education initiatives for disaster and emergency health in Iran. Iranian Journal of Public Health. 2013; 42(6):635-8.

Ardalan A, Babaie J, Banaye Jedi M, Moradian MJ, Arzanloo M, Hajizadeh A. Response operations of health system to 2012 Chaldoran flood: A case study. Journal of Search & Rescue. 2012;4(1): 54-60.

Ostad Taghizadeh A, Hosseini M, Navidi I, Mahaki AA, Ammari H, Ardalan A. Knowledge, Attitude and practice of Tehran’s inhabitants for an earthquake and related determinants. PLOS Currents Disasters. 2012 August 06.

Ardalan A, Mazaheri M, Mowafi H, VanRooyen M, Teimoori F, Abbasi R. Impact of the Bam earthquake, 26 December 2003, on activities of daily liviting and instrumental activities of daily living of older people. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2011; 26(2):99-108.

Ardalan A, Najafi A, Sabzghabaie A, Zonoobi V, Ardalan S, Khankeh HR, Masoumi GHR, Abbasi M, Nejati, A, Zahabi M. Development of a local model of hospital disaster risk assessment: A pilot study. Hospital Journal. 2011; 3-4:7-14.

Ghazizadeh MH, Mesdaghinia AR, Ardalan A, Holakouie Naieni K , Hosseini M. Are graduate schools prepared for an earthquake? Readiness assessment of a school in Tehran. Hakim Health System Research Journal. 2011; 13(4):250-6

Ardalan A, Holakouie Naieni K, Mahmoodi M, Zanganeh AM, Keshtkar AA, Honarvar MR, Kabir Mj. Flash flood preparedness in Golestan province of Iran: A community intervention trial. American Journal of Disaster Medicine. 2010; 5(4):197-214.

Ardalan A, Mazaheri M, VanRooyen M, Mowafi H, Nedjat S, Holakouie Naini K, Russel M. Post-disaster quality of life among older survivors five years after the Bam earthquake: implications for recovery policy. Ageing and Society. 2011;31:179-96.

Linkov F, Ardalan A, Hennon M, Shubnikov E, Serageldin I, Laporte R. Using google trends to assess interest in disasters. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2010; 25(5):482-4.

Yang Y, Chen Y, Chotani RA, Laporte RE, Ardalan A, Shubnikov E, Linkov F, Huang J. Chinese disasters and just-in-time education. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2010; 25(5):477-81.

Tabatabaie M, Ardalan A, Abolghasemi H, Holakouie Naieni K, Pourmalek F, Ahmadi B, Shokouhi M. Estimating blood transfusion requirements in preparation for a major earthquake: The Tehran, Iran study. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2010; 25(3):246-52.

Sishani K, Shubnikov E, Ardalan A, LaPorte R, Linkov F. Invited Article: Improving global nursing education. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics. 2010; 14(2).

Ardalan A, Mazaheri M, et al. Elders’ needs following the disasters: Older people’s needs following major disasters: a qualitative study of Iranian elders’ experiences of the Bam earthquake. Ageing and Society. 2010; 30:11-23.

Khatami M, Ziaie A, Aghamiri S, Ardalan A, Ahmadnejad E. Assessment of first aid training on student volunteers of Iranian Red Crescent Society. Iranian Journal of Epidemiology. 2010; 6(1):10-7.

Khatami M, Ziaie A, Aghamiri S, Ardalan A, Ahmadnejad E. Knowledge and attitude of IRCS university students volunteers on first aid training. Journal of Health Research Institute (Payesh). 2010; 9(2):205-13.

Ardalan A, Holakouie Naieni K, et al. The early warning system for flash floods in Golestan province: the model of village disaster taskforce. Journal of Health Research Institute (Payesh). 2010;2:147-154.

Ardalan A, Ansari A, Daburov K, Rahimian N, Mohajeri M, Ebrahimzadeh A, Chotani R, LaPorte RE, Linkov F, Lovalekar M, Shabnikov E. Just-in-time public health training and networking in Farsi language countries: Influenza A (H1N1) Experience. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2009; 24(6):571-2.

Ardalan A, Holakouie Naieni K, et al. Evaluation of Golestan province’s early warning system for flash floods, Iran, 2006-7. International Journal of Biometeorology. 2009. 53(3):247-54.

Ardalan A, Masoomi GR, Goya MM, Ghaffari M, Miadfar J, Sarvar M, Soroush M, Maghsoodi A, Kabir MJ, Holakouie Naieni K, Khankeh HR, Aghazadeh M, Abolshams B. Disaster health management: Iran’s progress and challenges. Iranian J Publ Health. 2009; 38 Suppl 1:93-7.

Ardalan A, Masoomi GR, Goya MM, Sarvar M, Haddadi M, Miadfar J, Shahmoradi M. Road traffic injuries: A challenge for Iran’s health system. Iranian J Publ Health. 2009; 38, Suppl 99-101.

Ardalan A, Linkov F, Shubnikov E, LaPorte R. Public awareness and disaster risk reduction: Just in time networks and JIT learning? Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2008;23(3): 286-288.

Linkov F, Ardalan A, Dodani S, Lovalekar M, Sauer F, Shubnikov E, LaPorte R. Building just in time lectures during the prodrome of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 2006 Mar-Apr;21(2 Suppl 2):132.

Ardalan A, Holakouie Naieni K, Aflatounian MR, Nekouie M, LaPorte LE, Noji EK. Risk factors of death and injury in Bam earthquake. Iranian Journal of Epidemiology. 2006;1(4): 25-34.

Ardalan A, Holakouie Naieni K, Aflatounian MR, Nekouie M, LaPorte R, Noji EK. Experience of a population-based study on needs and health status of affected people in Bam. Iranian Journal of Epidemiology. 2005;1(1): 33-46.

Ardalan A, Linkov F, Holakouie Naieni K, LaPorte RE, Noji E. Bridging the schools of public health between Iran & the USA. Lancet. 2004; 363 (9423).