Ume Abbas, MD

Ume Abbas, MD

Appointed: 2008

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Ume Abbas, MD
Department: Quantitative Health Sciences
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code JJN3-01
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
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Biographical Sketch

Dr. Abbas completed her residency training in internal medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She then proceeded to the University of Pittsburgh where she obtained a Master's degree in biomedical informatics and fellowship training in infectious diseases, paving the way for an academic career in infectious diseases.

Professional Highlights

  • Research Interests:
    • Mathematical and computational modeling of infectious diseases
    • The epidemiology of HIV and the design and evaluation of prevention and treatment strategies
    • Decision analysis and operations research to improve infectious disease management and control
  • Current Research:
    • Modeling the impact of antiretrovirals for treatment and prevention on the spread of HIV and drug resistance
  • Funding:
    • Dr Abbas' work has been funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Infectious Disease
Pittsburgh, PA USA
Residency - State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
Internal Medicine
NY United States
Medical School - Mayo Hospital, King Edward Medical College
Lahore, Punjab Pakistan
Undergraduate - Kinnaird College
Lahore Pakistan


  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Infectious Disease

Specialty Interests

General Infectious Diseases, HIV/AIDS and Global Health

Awards & Honors

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb HIV Research Fellowship
  • Ortho Biotech Infectious Disease Fellows Scholarship Award
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Grants
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grant 
  • Advisor to the WHO on the Impact and Cost-effectiveness of Preexposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention


  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
  • International AIDS Society (IAS)
  • Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

Industry Relationships

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As of 3/19/2015, Dr. Abbas has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English