P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Ahmed Mukhtar Ahmed, 2019

MD, Harvard University

Ahmed Mukhtar Ahmed is a Somali refugee from Kenya

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

Ahmed Mukhtar Ahmed is a resident physician in Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was born in a refugee camp in Mombasa, Kenya after his family fled civil war violence in Mogadishu, Somalia. He and his family immigrated to the United States when he was one year old.

Ahmed completed his undergraduate studies in biology at Cornell University. He then earned an MSc degree in education and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. With the support of the PD Soros Fellowship, Ahmed earned his MD degree from Harvard Medical School.

Ahmed’s work focuses on the intersection of medicine and public policy. Currently, he is investigating the impact of labor unionization on the healthcare workforce. His work and writing have been published in leading outlets, such as JAMA, The Washington Post, Scientific American, Health Affairs, and cited by numerous organizations and policymakers. While public policy has historically fallen beyond the purview of clinical medicine, Ahmed hopes to keep spotlighting the important interplay between the two, to help improve outcomes for patients and providers.”

  • MPP Public Policy | University of Oxford 2019
  • MSc Higher Education | University of Oxford 2018
  • BS Biological Sciences | Cornell University 2017
  • MD Medicine | Harvard University
  • Rhodes Scholar
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