Zehra Ahmed (’04) joined NYIT as principal faculty in 2007 in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. She was the academic coordinator of the program from 2013-2015 and took on the position of Chair in 2016. From 2007 to 2013, she was the Student Faculty Advisor and still works with students on numerous outreach activities.

Ahmed brings her diverse ethnic background and experiences of living and working in South and East Asia to her position as the Assistant Director of Cultural Competency/Community Education, and has been the site coordinator for El Salvador in the Center for Global Health since 2008. Her interest in global health extends to service of the profession as a board member and CME Chair of the Physician Assistants for Global Health. She has been a member of the International Clinical Rotations Subcommittee of Physician Assistant Education Association since 2012. She was the vice president (2011-2013) of Community Health Initiatives and Partnerships Global, an NGO that worked in El Salvador.

A few of the numerous committees she serves on, both in the SoHP and the college, are: Co-Chair of the Dean’s Speaker Series, Inter Professional Education Committee, and Ad Hoc Committee on Institution-Level Educational Goals.

Her teaching, research, and service interests are in women’s health, global health, and cultural competence. She is a strong advocate of integrating technology into all facets of the program and mentors faculty in this endeavor.

Ahmed received her PA degree from NYIT and has worked clinically in emergency medicine, nuclear medicine, and hematology/oncology. Her medical education began in 1991 in Sri Lanka where she earned her medical degree (MBBS ‘91). As a physician she worked in women’s health, pediatrics, critical care, and family medicine. The diverse subjects she teaches in the PA program reflects this wide experience.

Recent Projects/Research

  • Addressing the Needs of LGBT Patients in PA Education. Presented by Corri Wolf, MS, PA-C, RD, New York Institute of Technology; Zehra Ahmed, MBBS, PA-C, New York Institute of Technology at the Physician Assistant Education Association Education Forum in Philadelphia, PA on October 18th, 2014
  • SoHP and College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Conference in Washington, D. C. (April 2014)
  • Women’s Health: A Global Perspective. Presented at the 2013 Physician Assistant Global Health Symposium (September 2013) in Virginia Beach, VA
  • Use of Standardized Patient Encounters to Assess Interpersonal Skills, Communication Skills, and Professionalism during the Clinical Year. Ahmed, Z. and Wolf, C.
    • Accepted for presentation at the PAEA Annual Education Forum, November 2012.
    • Accepted for presentation at the NY State Society of Physician Assistants Annual Conference, October 2012


  • Parisi, V., Ahmed, Z., Lardner, D., & Cho, E. (2012). Global health simulations yield culturally competent medical providers. Journal of Medical Education, 46(11), 1126-1127. doi: 10.1111/medu1.2012.
  • Ahmed, A. Z. A Day in the life of a PA in Ghana. Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, October 2011.
  • Ahmed, A. Z. When the patient asks – What is a nuclear cardiac stress test? Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, January 2009.

Honors + Awards

  • The Faculty of the Center for Global Health received the following award - Presidential Engagement Award for Student Engagement in Global Education; on August 28, 2014
  • Educator of the Year, 2009, 2010, 2012 & 2015
  • Standard of Excellence, Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011
  • Student Appreciation Awards, 2011 & 2012
  • Awards for Outstanding Service to NYIT, 2007–2008

Courses I Teach/Have Taught at NYIT

  • Clinical Medicine I, II & III
  • HEENT, Endocrinology, Geriatrics
  • Clinical Skills I & II
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Clinical Decision Making
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Women’s Health
  • Pediatrics
  • Anatomy
  • Pulmonology & Gastroenterology
  • Cultural and Health Disparity Issues in a Global Setting (Certificate for Global Health)

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