Dr. Hammad established and directs a one-of-a-kind, community-based health and research center at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS). He develops holistic programs to promote, improve, and manage the health care of the Arab American community, integrating public health and environment, mental health and primary and specialty care. These programs are financed by a variety of local, state, and federal sources. In addition to his work at the Community Health and Research Center, Dr. Hammad is very active in academia. He currently serves as adjunct professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and consults at the University of Michigan, School of Public Health, and Community-based Public Health Division.
In the research field, Dr. Hammads projects include collaboration with NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences as a principal investigator on the environmental impact on Arab Americans in Metro Detroit. Also, he is co-investigator for both the epidemiology of diabetes and its risk factors among Arab Americans, in cooperation with Wayne State School of Pharmacy and the American Diabetes Association, and tobacco use among Arab American youth, in cooperation with NIH and Wayne State School of Nursing. He has authored and co-authored over 50 publications in the fields of behavioral and epidemiological research.
Dr. Hammad has extensive education and experience in health services policy, management and training at both the macro and micro levels. He holds several degrees, including a Masters Degree in Science, a High Diploma in Health Economics, and a Doctorate in Health Services Policy and Management. Additionally, he has distinguished international consulting experience in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, USA and Canada. He has held numerous leadership roles in professional, non-profit and nongovernmental organizations: Managing Director of Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem from 1989-1992; Senior Health Planner for Planning and Research of Health Services in Jerusalem from 1992-1995; Assistant Professor in Health Services Administration at Al-Quds University College for Medical Professions from 1992-1994; and lecturer at the Department of Education and Psychology at Birzeit University in the West Bank from 1984-1985.
Dr. Hammads broad experience covers service in various capacities for a number of regional, national and international organizations. He serves as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO), Eastern Mediterranean Office, on the Advisory Committee on Health Research. He was president of the Michigan Chapter of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) in 2003. He is also affiliated with The American Cancer Society National Board of Directors and the Great Lakes Davison, the American Near East for Refugee Aid (ANERA), Wayne State University School of Nursing Board of Visitors, Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute Board of Directors, Michigan Cancer Consortium Board of Directors, Voices of Detroit Health Initiative Board of Directors, Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, American Lung Association Board of Directors, Arab American Coalition of the American Diabetes Association, Greater Detroit Area Health Council Board of Directors, Prevention Coalition of Southeast Michigan, and was chairman of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and is currently planning the 6th International Conference on Health Issues in the Arab American Community in collaboration with national and international health and academic institutions. His international recognitions include: Health Consultant for the Harvard Institute of International Development in the Middle East and Senior Health Planner for macro and micro health programs in cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Relief Works Agency (UNRWA) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
He authored and co-authored over 170 publications in the fields of behavior and epidemiological research, including the ethnicity and disease special supplements on Arab American health. Introduction: proceedings of the 4th Biennial National Conference on Health Iissues in the Arab-American community. Ethnicity Disease, Vol. 1501, Supplement 3, February 2005, S1-VII.
Dr. Hammad has received numerous awards for his leadership in community health, including the American Cancer Societys National Humanitarian Award I 2009. He received the Wayne State School of Medicine Pathfinders in Medicine Award in 2004, the first Arab American to be so honored for leadership initiative in promoting and improving the health status of the Arab American community.