Currently, Ebtesam (Sammi) Ahmed a Clinical Professor for the Department of Clinical Health Professions at St. John’s University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in New York, USA. In conjugation with her faculty appointment, she is the Director of the Pharmacy Internship for the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care. Dr. Ahmed earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) from St. John's University and completed a post-graduate pharmacy residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She also holds a Master’s degree in Bioethics from Columbia University. Following her residency, she joined the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care (DPMPC) at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, where she became the first Clinical Pharmacist to provide clinical pharmacy services for the DPMPC.
Since 2014, Dr. Ahmed has been extensively teaching globally to pharmacists, physicians and healthcare professionals; she carried numerous training workshops for pharmacists in Egypt, Guatemala and Kyrgyzstan. She has presented at national and international medical conferences about pain management; palliative care, ethics, and end of life care. She has a particular interest in the role of pharmacists in palliative care and global access to controlled substances for pain management. Dr. Ahmed is a co-author of the first comprehensive guidelines for managing chronic pain in people living with HIV issued by The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA). She is an international palliative care consultant to the Open Society Foundation Public Health Program to help develop training programs for policy advocates regarding access to essential palliative care medicines and controlled substances for pain management. As a member of the African Palliative Care Association she is involved in planning regional drug advocacy workshops for pharmacists to increase opioid availability and accessibility.
Dr. Ahmed joined the IAHPC Board of Directors in 2019. She coordinated the second phase of the Opioid Price Watch Project (OPW), a project to monitor and report the dispensing price of opioids around the world.
Away from palliative care, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, diving, traveling, swimming, yoga and reading.