Dr Abu-Helalah is currently the Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia, Regions Director for Global Academy for Health Sciences, Ohio, USA and Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine AlFaisal University, KSA.
Dr Abu-Helalah completed his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) 2001. He moved in 2002 to the United Kingdom (UK) where completed a master degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Dundee in 2004 and a PhD in epidemiology and preventive medicine from the University of London in 2009. While he was in the UK, he worked as a Research Fellow in epidemiology and preventive Medicine at the St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London-UK, in 2007/2008.
In 2009, he joined King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan as a Senior Officer for the cancer control program. In 2011, he joined the National Guard Health affairs as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. In February 2012, he returned to work in Jordan at the Faculty of Medicine, Mutah University. In February 2016, he received an early promotion to be an Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. He was selected in 2013 as the regional director for the Global Center for Public Health and Disease Control. In 1 June 2016, he move to the Global Academy for Health Sciences, Ohio, USA as the Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia regions Director. Since 1 September 2017, he joined AlFaisal University, KSA as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine. He also works as a consultant and technical expert for several regional and international organizations.
Dr Abu-Helalah has special expertise and interest in chronic diseases control and prevention particularly cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, cardiovascular diseases, medical research, and smoking cessation. he has had more than 30 publications in these fields in peer-reviewed journals and directed many scientific meetings in these fields.
On 9 April 2014, Dr Abu-Helalah was honoured by HRH Prince of Eastern Region, KSA, Prince Saud Bin Nayef, as the “Winner of the First place in the Prince of Easter Region Award for the Best Cancer Research in the Arab World” in the first round of this prize.