Meet New Investigator KM Monirul Islam, M.D., Ph.D.

January 13, 2015

Image with caption: KM Monirul Islam, M.D., Ph.D.

KM Monirul Islam, M.D., Ph.D.

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored Feb. 2 at a ceremony for UNMC's 2014 Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: KM Monirul Islam, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Title: Assistant professor, epidemiology
  • Joined UNMC: Fall 2007
  • Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Describe your research briefly in layman's terms.
My research in infectious diseases and patient-centered outcomes combines epidemiology and medicine. This means I get to study early detection and diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of disease (that's the epidemiology part), especially of infectious disease and cancers (that's my medicine background showing through). My main overarching aim in all my work is to do all I can to help prevent disease in the first place and, if disease occurs, to prevent further spread and ultimately to lead to better outcomes for all, particularly among resource-limited populations.

How does your research contribute to science and/or health care?
My research on the infectious diseases of tuberculosis and sexually-transmitted infections and on patient-centered outcomes research in cancers, especially lung cancer has contributed to clinical practice. Also, the results of my studies have had an impact on the development, refinement, and implementation of policies, procedures, and best practice guidelines in the fields of epidemiology, clinical health care, and patient-centered outcomes research.

What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you, professional or personal?
Be ethical and work hard while balancing family life.

List three things few people know about you.

  • Avid soccer fan.
  • World traveler.
  • Favorite main dish is fish.


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October 25, 2015 at 2:29 AM

Monirul islam

Monirul faan
July 25, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Monirul fasn

June Ryan, MPA
January 14, 2015 at 12:18 PM

I am so proud of you and happy to be a collaborator! Congratulations, my friend.

January 14, 2015 at 12:39 AM


Sherry Martin
January 13, 2015 at 7:40 AM

Congratulations, Dr. Islam! Your passion and fervor for your profession have earned you this distinguished award and you deserve it! Continued good health and well being is what I wish for you in this new year 2015. :-)