Professor Sir Alimuddin (Ali) Zumla is dually qualified in medicine(MBChB) and science(PhD). He is accredited in internal medicine, infectious diseases and clinical immunology and is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of London &Edinburgh, Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. He was born in Fort Jameson, Zambia (British Northern Rhodesia). As a BEIT Scholar he completed an MSc in Clinical Tropical Medicine (awarded distinction and Mugratroyd prize), and PhD from the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene(awarded the Alan Woodruff Medal). He received international acclaim for rapidly identifying and notifying the 1988 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak at Portland Place, London whilst working as an infectious diseases registrar at Rush Green Hospital. After 4 years as senior registrar at the Hammersmith Hospital, Royal Postgraduate Medical School,London, he spent 3 years as Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston,USA, and visiting Professor at UTH in Lusaka, Zambia, before joining UCL in 1994.
Since 1994, in addition to his routine clinical and academic duties, Professor Zumla has championed and pioneered the discipline of ‘Global Health’ at UCL. He is a strong global advocate for developing fair and equitable North-South partnerships where close alignment of capacity development and training to research is central to his ethos. To take this forward he established the University of Zambia-University College London Medical School(UNZA-UCLMS) program in 1994 as a novel model of 'equitable and mutaully beneficial' academic partnership. Over the ensuing 23 years at UCL he has effectively networked numerous institutions across all continents achieving significant high impact research, capacity development and training deliverables. At the opening ceremony of eighth European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) Forum, held in Lusaka, Zambia in November, 2016 the UNZA-UCLMS Program scooped the prestigious ‘Outstanding Research Team Award’.
Professor Sir Zumla has published 515 peer-reviewed PUBMED articles (ResearchGate score=52;GoogleScholarH-index=89; i10index=582; and 41,426 citations). He has edited 19 medical textbooks, including the classics:‘‘Manson’s Tropical Diseases’’(co-ed.GC Cook),‘‘Tuberculosis:A Comprehensive Clinical Reference’’(co-ed.S.Schaaf) and ‘‘Granulomatous Disorders’’(co-ed.D.G.James). He has led several high profile theme series: The ‘Lancet TB Theme Series’ launched in Geneva in 2010; Lancet ID TB Theme series 2012; Lancet Resp Med TB series 2014; Journal of Infectious Diseases volume on ‘Tuberculosis and TB/HIV/AIDS-controversies and unanswered questions’’; The Lancet Mass Gatherings Medicine series launched at the WHAssembly in Geneva,May 2014. Recent prestigious awards include: UK-ACCEA Platinum Award (2008);Spinoza Leerstoel Award (2011);WHO STOP TB Partnership Kochon Prize and Medal(2011);UK India Intl Fdn Science Award (2011);Karolinska Institutet Annual Science Prize (2012);Donald Mackay Medal from The Royal Soc Trop Med & Hygiene(2014), The Times Higher Education award (2014), and the UCLHospitals NHS Fdn Trust Excellence Award for World Class Research (2015). On October 24th,2012, the President of Zambia awarded Professor Zumla with the highest Zambian government civilian award -the Order of The Grand Commander of Distinguished Services. On May 13th 2016, the Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, awarded their highest distinction '(Doctorate honoris causa)' to Professor Zumla for "exceptional contributions to science, healthcare and humanity at large". In June 2017 Sir Ali was awarded a knighthood by Her MAjesty the Queen for services to Public Health and Protection from Infectious diseases