Nassiri Receives Award for International Work
Reza Nassiri, director of the Institute of International Health, was among those recognized for their outstanding work globally by MSU’s International Studies and Programs. He received the Charles A. Gliozzo International Award for Public Diplomacy as part of the International Awards Ceremony at the MSU Stadium on March 26.
Nassiri’s citation reads:
Reza Nassiri has a true passion for working with people to solve complex global problems. His vision is to advance the knowledge of health and medicine in impoverished and developing regions of the world through an active learning experience and development of research projects, thus making a difference in global health standards.
Reza is associate dean of MSU’s Global Health Programs, director of the Institute of International Health (IIH) in MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM), a professor of clinical pharmacology, and a lecturer in tropical medicine.
As IIH director, he engages MSUCOM medical students and faculty in international medical aid programs and has organized international medical exchanges of U.S. and international students to advance cultural and medical knowledge. He has also initiated medical clinics in several countries, as well ongoing medical teaching and research conferences. Because of his command of multiple languages and his understanding of cultural difference he is able to transfer medical knowledge to professionals, students, and targeted patients in these foreign countries.
Reza’s efforts in developing Osteopathic International Outreach Programs for medical students are well recognized by the American Osteopathic Association. He organizes student medical mission on an annual basis in many regions of the world to provide students with opportunities to experience pathologies beyond U.S. borders, to enhance students’ understanding of cultural competency, and to make host counties aware of the osteopathic approach to the care of patients.
He has extensive experience and expertise in HIV/AIDS and has developed HIV/AIDS Clinical Research Programs in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. He has also been involved in international humanitarian projects such as the Kenya Well Project (Village of Ngeta, Eastern Kenya) and the International Wheelchair Mission for impoverished countries.
In recognition of his enthusiasm and his success in initiating and maintaining these important programs that address many global health issues, we proudly present Reza Nassiri with the Charles A. Gliozzo International Award for Public Diplomacy.