Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, MBBS, DCH, FRCP, FRCPCH, FCPS, FAAP, PhD

When Dr. Bhutta first launched his career, neonatal pediatrics was barely even a concept in his home country of Pakistan. Today, he is credited as a major force in putting the health of mothers and their babies on the development agenda not just in Pakistan but across the world, where he is considered a leading expert in global health.

He is Founding Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women & Child Health at The Aga Khan University, with campuses in South-Central Asia, East Africa and the United Kingdom; the Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health & Policy; Co-Director, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health; Senior Scientist at the Research Institute, the Hospital for Sick Children and also Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Nutritional Sciences and Public Health at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Bhutta was born in 1955 in Pakistan and graduated from Khyber Medical College at the University of Peshawar, Pakistan (MBBS) in 1977, where he was adjudged the "Best Graduate of the Year" and awarded the University Gold Medal for overall distinction. He obtained his PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Sweden, one of Europe's most prestigious medical universities.

Dr. Bhutta has won several awards including the Tamghia-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the President of Pakistan for contributions towards education and research in 2000, The President of Pakistan Gold Medal for contributions to Child Health in Pakistan in 2004 and in 2006 he was awarded the Outstanding Pediatrician of Asia award by the Asia Pacific Pediatric Association.

Professor Bhutta was awarded the inaugural Global Child Health award in 2009 by the Program for Global Pediatric Research for outstanding contributions to Global Child Health and Research and has recently been elected an honorary Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics for contributions to international child health. His research interests include newborn and child survival, maternal and child undernutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. He leads a large research group based in Pakistan with a special interest in research synthesis, scaling up evidence based interventions in community settings and health system research. In Pakistan, he has been a driving force in improving maternal and child health through his work with the Lady Health Workers program and in advocating for key changes to national and provincial health and nutrition policies.

Professor Bhutta has published eight books, 65 book chapters and over 650 peer-reviewed publications to date.