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Byron spent four years in El Salvador with a non-governmental organization working with thousands of war-displaced living in mud huts along a railroad track. During that time he established a clinic, trained health workers, developed a disease surveillance system, and help build a community center that included a library for children. Following that work he continued his education for his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins in Maryland, acting as a teaching assistant and later teaching a range of courses and guest lecturing. During his time at Hopkins, he established workshops to support graduate and medical students in biostatistics and epidemiology and founded the Health and Human Rights Group.  He was a biostatistician for a range of major ongoing cohort studies and clinical trials at Hopkins, including HIV/AIDS, addictions, program evaluations, and treatment protocols.  He also worked on many dozens of smaller projects as a biostatistician and analytical epidemiologist. For his PhD, he received a grant from NIH to conduct a study of the associations of weight cycling and type II diabetes (both hormonal processes) on postmenopausal breast cancer. Outside of these research and teaching activities on-location at Hopkins, Byron has also supported health service evaluations and taught various courses for Hopkins in Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Spain. While in Baltimore he also worked for the State of Maryland in the AIDS Administration as a research statistician and as a TB Epidemiologist for the TB Division of the Maryland State Department of Health & Mental Hygiene.   Following these positions, Byron worked with the WHO office for the region that included Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  On completion of that contract, he took a position in the technical unit of the regional headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Western Hemisphere, based in Washington, DC. Responsible for a large variety of projects and technical assessments in this office, his responsibilities included coordination of major renovations on-location for national health information systems in Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, and other countries.                                                                                                                  Following these positions, Byron worked with the WHO office for the region that included Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  Leaving the regional WHO headquarters to work in a WHO field office in Caribbean Guyana, he taught a variety of workshops and courses to a variety of health professionals and students.  With WHO and Ministry of Health colleagues, he redesigned the national health information systems, with a colleague he also designed and conducted a comprehensive assessment of maternity ward protocols and procedures to reduce infant mortality and maternal mortality rates, and improved the HIV screening process for the blood bank.  During this time he designed and directed a disaster syndromic surveillance system that involved the participation of a few thousand professionals during a historically disastrous flood that severely impacted a quarter of a million people for a couple of months. Following his work in Guyana, Byron returned to the technical unit at the regional WHO headquarters in Washington D.C.  Afterwards he joined the teaching and research faculty in the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan, Armenia.  In Armenia, he was a member of the Ministry of Health/Global Health TB Working Group and the Chair of the Operational TB Research Committee.  During this time he continues to work on projects and teach in the Anton de Kom University School of Medicine in Suriname, the King Saud University College of Medicine, and occasionally for Johns Hopkins. He recently left the College of Health Sciences at the American University of Armenia to join the faculty at the Nazarbayev University School of Medicine.

Research interests

  • Evidence-Based Medicine,
  • Infectious Diseases,
  • Chronic Diseases,
  • Mental Health,
  • Clinical Research and Population-Based Research Methodologies,
  • Disasters,
  • Surveillance,
  • Environmental Health


  • Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
  • Comparison of two invasive non-surgical treatment options for uterine myomas: uterine artery embolization and magnetic resonance-guided high intensity focused ultrasound—systematic review
  • Trends of HIV/AIDS knowledge and attitudes among Nigerian women between 2007 and 2017 using Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey data
  • Assessment of the association between dust storms and COVID-19 infection rate in southwest Iran
  • Human exposure to aerosol from indoor gas stove cooking and the resulting nervous system responses
  • Correction to: SARS-CoV-2 PCR-positive and PCR-negative cases of pneumonia admitted to the hospital during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic: analysis of in-hospital and posthospital mortality
  • SARS-CoV-2 PCR-positive and PCR-negative cases of pneumonia admitted to the hospital during the peak of COVID-19 pandemic: analysis of in-hospital and post-hospital mortality
  • Seroprevalence and risk factors for hepatitis B and hepatitis C in three large regions of Kazakhstan
  • P.109: Long Term Outcomes After Autologous Bone Marrow Stem Cell Treatment in Diabetes Mellitus: Data From Unified National Electronic Health System 2014-2019.
  • The impact on heart rate and blood pressure following exposure to ultrafine particles from cooking using an electric stove
  • Higher Surgery and Recovery Room Air Pressures Associated with Reduced Surgical Site Infection Risk
  • Association of rs12722 COL5A1 with pulmonary tuberculosis: a preliminary case-control study in a Kazakhstani population
  • Hookah venue employees' knowledge and perceptions of hookah tobacco smoking
  • Quality of inpatient tuberculosis health care in high-burden resource-limited settings: Protocol for a comprehensive mixed-methods assessment study
  • Air quality at venues of mixed smoking policies in Kazakhstan
  • Cost-effectiveness of mammography screening program in a resource-limited post-soviet country of Kazakhstan
  • The impact of frying aerosol on human brain activity
  • An observational case study of hospital-associated infections in a critical care unit in Astana, Kazakhstan
  • Family-Based Tuberculosis Counseling Supports Directly Observed Therapy in Armenia: A Pilot Project
  • 10 Barriers to palliative care in resource-limited settings: a qualitative study in Kazakhstan
  • Risk factors for children's blood lead levels in metal mining and smelting communities in Armenia: A cross-sectional study
  • Risk factors of postoperative complications after radical cystectomy with continent or conduit urinary diversion in Armenia
  • Explaining Women's High Satisfaction With Objectively Poor Quality Childbirth Services: Armenia as a Case Study
  • Increased risk for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in migratory workers, Armenia
  • Adapting continuing medical education for post-conflict areas: Assessment in Nagorno Karabagh - a qualitative study
  • Violence-related mortality and morbidity of humanitarian workers.
  • Positive Impact of a Weekly Iron-Folic Acid Supplement Delivered with Social Marketing to Cambodian Women: Compliance, Participation, and Hemoglobin Levels Increase with Higher Socioeconomic Status
  • Weekly Iron-Folic Acid Supplements to Prevent Anemia among Cambodian Women in Three Settings: Process and Outcomes of Social Marketing and Community Mobilization
  • The effects of sponsorship in 12-step treatment of injection drug users
  • Intentional use of biological and chemical agents: risks and recommendations.
  • Trends in crime and the introduction of a needle exchange program
  • The severity of illness classification for infection control departments: A study in nosocomial pneumonia

Education/Academic qualification

Infectious Disease Epidemiology, PhD, Johns Hopkins University

Award Date: Feb 1 2006

Biostatistics, Master of Science in Public Health, Loma Linda University Health

Award Date: May 30 1988

Physics, Bachelor of Science, University of Washington

Award Date: May 30 1980

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