The Team


Prof. Scott Sherman


Dr. Sherman is one of the Founding PI’s of the NYUAD Public Health Research Center. He has been

involved in helping to oversee all aspects of PHRC and UAEHFS, during his 40+ trips to UAE since

2012. He is the leader of Tobacco Control Research within PHRC, which has particularly focused on

understanding use of midwakh/dokha, a tobacco product particularly common to UAE and otehr parts

of the Gulf Region.


Dr. Sherman leads Tobacco Control Research within PHRC and UAEHFS. The Tobacco Working Group

hosted the first international conference on midwakh research in 2017 and will be hosting the second

conference in 2020.


Health Advice:

Avoid use of all tobacco products; engage in regular physical activity; maintain a healthy diet



Vupputuri S, Hajat C, Al-Houqani M, Osman O, Sreedharan J, Ali R, Crookes AE, Zhou S, Sherman SE, Weitzman M; on behalf of the United Arab Emirates Tobacco Control Research Collaborative. Midwakh/dokha tobacco use in the Middle East: much to learn. Tob Control. 2016 Mar; 25(2): 236-41.


Weitzman M, Yusufali AH, Bali F, Vilcassim MJ, Gandhi S, Peltier R, Nadas A, Sherman S, Lee L, Hong Z, Shearston J, Park SH, Gordon T. Effects of hookah smoking on indoor air quality in homes. Tob Control. 2016 Sep; 26(5): 586-91. PMID: 27798320.


Abdulle A, Alnaeemi A, Aljunaibi A, Al Ali A, Al Saedi K, Al Zaabi E, Oumeziane N, Al Bastaki M, Al-Houqani M, Al Maskari F, Al Dhaheri A, Shah SM, Loney T, El-Sadig M, Oulhaj A, Wareth LA, Al Mahmeed W, Alsafar H, Hirsch B, Al Anouti F, Yaaqoub J, Inman CK, Al Hamiz A, Al Hosani A, Haji M, Alsharid T, Al Zaabi T, Al Maisary F, Galani D, Sprosen T, El Shahawy O, Ahn J, Kirchhoff T, Ramasamy R, Schmidt AM, Hayes R, Sherman S, Ali R. The UAE healthy future study: a pilot for a prospective cohort study of 20,000 United Arab Emirates nationals. BMC Public Health. 2018 Jan 5; 18(1): 101. PMID: 29304844.


Al-Houqani M, Leinberger-Jabari A, Al Naeemi A, Al Junaibi A, Al Zaabi E, Oumeziane N, Kazim M, Al Maskari F, Al Dhaheri A, Abdel Wareth L, Al Mahmeed W, Alsafar H, Al Anouti F, Abdulle A, Inman CK, Al Hamiz A, Haji M, Ahn J, Kirchhoff T, Hayes RB, Ramasamy R, Schmidt AM, El Shahawy O, Weitzman M, Ali R, Sherman S. Patterns of tobacco use in the United Arab Emirates Healthy Future (UAEHFS) pilot study. PLoS One. 2018 May 30; 13(5): e0198119.


Vallès Y, Inman CK, Peters BA, Ali R, Wareth LA, Abdulle A, Alsafar H, Anouti FA, Dhaheri AA, Galani D, Haji M, Hamiz AA, Hosani AA, Houqani MA, Junaibi AA, Kazim M, Kirchhoff T, Mahmeed WA, Maskari FA, Alnaeemi A, Oumeziane N, Ramasamy R, Schmidt AM, Weitzman M, Zaabi EA, Sherman S, Hayes RB, Ahn J. Types of tobacco consumption and the oral microbiome in the United Arab Emirates Healthy Future (UAEHFS) Pilot Study. Sci Rep. 2018 Jul 27; 8(1): 11327.


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