Dr. Zahid Ahmad Butt is a medical doctor and infectious disease epidemiologist with a PhD in Epidemiology from Michigan State University and a Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Epidemiology & Biostatistics from Aga Khan University. He has extensive experience in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of nationwide immunization and infectious disease surveillance programs in developing countries. He has also been instrumental in the development of various Public Health programs internationally. He has over 15 years of public health experience and has worked with a number of organizations most notably WHO and UNICEF in their immunization programs.

A Fulbright scholar, Dr. Zahid is currently a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. His research interests are HIV/HCV/HBV coinfections, vaccine preventable diseases, communicable and non-communicable disease syndemics, global health and spatial analysis of complex data. Currently based at BCCDC, his research examines the inter-relationships between syndemics of HIV and Hepatitis B & C, social disparities, co-morbidities and substance use.


m-darvishian_photoDr. Maryam Darvishian is a postdoctoral research fellow in the clinical prevention services division at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia. She obtained her Master of Science degree (MSc) in Clinical and Psychosocial Epidemiology and Doctorate degree (PhD) in Epidemiology/Pharmaco-Epidemiology at University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), Netherlands. At BCCDC her research focuses on hepatitis C treatments effectiveness and disease outcomes. Her research interest includes epidemiology and pharmaco-epidemiology of infectious diseases, real-world treatment effectiveness and bias-adjustment techniques in observational study designs.

Email:  Tel: 604-707-2426