Magda Shaheen, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

A Short Biography:

Dr. Shaheen received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Cairo University School of Science. She was awarded her M.D. degree and her Master Degree in Internal Medicine from Cairo University School of Medicine and practiced medicine for ten years. She received an Outstanding Award from the Ministry of Health in Cairo for her services and accomplishment in the field of internal medicine. She worked in several collaborative research projects between Universities in United States and institutions in Cairo. After completion of a multi-central collaborative project, Dr. Shaheen offered a fellowship to study toward master and doctorate degree at the School of Public Health University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Shaheen received her Master in Public Health (M.P.H) and her doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Epidemiology from the UCLA School of Public Health (UCLA). Dr. Shaheen worked as an internal medicine physician and as a researcher in Cairo. In the research field, she was appointed as a Chair of the Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Computer Unit in the Nutrition Institute in Cairo. During her study period at UCLA, she worked at several research projects as a researcher and as a consultant. She also worked as a teaching assistant for several classes in the Department of Epidemiology at UCLA School of Public Health. She received two honor awards from UCLA School of Public Health; an Outstanding Service Award and Teaching Assistant of the Year for the Epidemiology Department. Dr. Shaheen has an extensive experience in teaching and research. She has 18 years of experience in research development and implementation. She has a unique experience in epidemiology and survey research methods. In collaboration with Professor Ralph Frerichs at UCLA Department of Epidemiology, she developed a rapid survey methodology that she utilized in conducting five surveys among the Latino and African American communities in Los Angeles. Dr. Shaheen is the program director and an instructor for the Master of Science in Clinical Research program at the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. As an instructor she is teaching classes in clinical research and applications, epidemiology and epidemiologic methods, evidence based medicine, data management and data analysis, survey research methods and rapid surveys in urban areas.

Work Titles and Affiliation
CTSI Co-Leader, Biostatistics, Study Design, and Clinical Data Management Program (BSD-CDM)
Charles Drew University Program Director, AXIS Research Design and Biostatistics Function Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology
UCLA Assistant Professor In-Residence, Ophthalmology
M.D., Cairo University School of Medicine, 1979 - 1981
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1995 - 1998
M.P.H., University of California, Los Angeles, 1995
M.S., Cairo University School of Medicine, 1988
B.Sc., Cairo University School of Medicine, 1975 - 1979

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(310) 761-4727

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Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 E. 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059


Glasser Alice, Shaheen Magda, Glenn Beth A, Bastani Roshan   The sun sense study: an intervention to improve sun protection in children American journal of health behavior, ; 34(4): 500-10.
Rajavashisth Tripathi B, Shaheen Magda, Norris Keith C, Pan Deyu, Sinha Satyesh K, Ortega Juan, Friedman Theodore C   Decreased prevalence of diabetes in marijuana users: cross-sectional data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) III BMJ open, 2012; 2: e000494.
Friedman Theodore C, Sinha-Hikim Indrani, Parveen Meher, Najjar Sonia M, Liu Yanjun, Mangubat Michael, Shin Chang-Sung, Lyzlov Alexei, Ivey Rasheed, Shaheen Magda, French Samuel W, Sinha-Hikim Amiya P   Additive effects of nicotine and high-fat diet on hepatic steatosis in male mice Endocrinology, 2012; 153(12): 5809-20.
Estape Estela, Laurido Lourdes E Soto de, Shaheen Magda, Quarshie Alexander, Frontera Walter, Mays Mary Helen, Harrigan Rosanne, White Richard   A multiinstitutional, multidisciplinary model for developing and teaching translational research in health disparities Clinical and translational science, 2011; 4(6): 434-8.
Hsia Stanley H, Navar Maria D, Duran Petra, Shaheen Magda, Davidson Mayer B   Sitagliptin compared with thiazolidinediones as a third-line oral antihyperglycemic agent in type 2 diabetes mellitus Endocrine practice : official journal of the American College of Endocrinology and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, 2011; 17(5): 691-8.
Bang Mai Hong, Van Riep Tran, Thinh Nguyen Tien, Song Le Huu, Dung Trinh Tuan, Van Truong Le, Van Don Le, Ky Thai Doan, Pan Deyu, Shaheen Magda, Ghoneum Mamdooh   Arabinoxylan rice bran (MGN-3) enhances the effects of interventional therapies for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma: a three-year randomized clinical trial Anticancer research, 2010; 30(12): 5145-51.
Ghoneum Mamdooh, Shaheen Magda   MRN-100, an Iron-based Compound, Possesses Anti-HIV Activity In Vitro Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM, 2008; 34(4): .
Asuncion Merlyn M, Shaheen Magda, Ganesan Kalpana, Velasques Joseph, Teklehaimanot Senait, Pan Deyu, Norris Keith   Increase in hypoglycemic admissions: California hospital discharge data Ethnicity & disease, 2007; 17(3): 536-40.
Akhtar Abbasi J, Shaheen Magda   Jaundice in African-American and Hispanic patients with AIDS Journal of the National Medical Association, 2007; 99(12): 1381-5.
Shaheen Magda A, Akhtar Abbasi J   Organ failure associated with acute pancreatitis in African-American and Hispanic patients Journal of the National Medical Association, 2007; 99(12): 1402-6.
Shaheen Magda, Echeverry Diana, Oblad Marcela Garcia, Montoya Marie I, Teklehaimanot Senait, Akhtar Abbasi J   Hepatitis C, metabolic syndrome, and inflammatory markers: results from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey [NHANES III] Diabetes research and clinical practice, 2007; 75(3): 320-6.
Akhtar Abbasi J, Shaheen Magda A, Zha Junli   Organic colonic lesions in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) Medical science monitor : international medical journal of experimental and clinical research, 2006; 12(9): CR363-7.
Heslin Kevin C, Casey Richard, Shaheen Magda A, Cardenas Fernando, Baker Richard S   Racial and ethnic differences in unmet need for vision care among children with special health care needs Archives of ophthalmology, 2006; 124(6): 895-902.
Bazargan Mohsen, Calderón José L, Heslin Kevin C, Mentes Christina, Shaheen Magda A, Ahdout Jennifer, Baker Richard S   A profile of chronic mental and physical conditions among African-American and Latino children in urban public housing Ethnicity & disease, 2005; 15(4 Suppl 5): S5-3-9.
Calderón Jose L, Shaheen Magda, Pan Deyu, Teklehaimenot Senait, Robinson Paul L, Baker Richard S   Multi-cultural surveillance for ectopic pregnancy: California 1991-2000 Ethnicity & disease, 2005; 15(4 Suppl 5): S5-20-4.
Akhtar Abbasi J, Shaheen Magda   Extrapancreatic manifestations of acute pancreatitis in African-American and Hispanic patients Pancreas, 2004; 29(4): 291-7.
Akhtar Abbasi J, Shaheen Magda A   Dyspepsia in African-American and Hispanic patients Journal of the National Medical Association, 2004; 96(5): 635-40.
Akhtar Abbasi J, Shaheen Magda A   For the patient. Treating pain without causing complications Ethnicity & disease, 2003; 13(4): 550.

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