Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Professor of Emergency Medicine, Bioethics, and Medical Humanities, Medical College of Wisconsin

Representing: Researchers
Term Ends July 2025

Aasim Padela, MD, MSc is Professor of Emergency Medicine, Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the Medical College of Wisconsin. His patient-centered research focuses on improving health and health care through better accommodating religious values. He is drawn to patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), for it offers frameworks and tools by which to give voice to patient experiences and values in the conduct and assessment of health research and because it provides approaches to deeply involve multiple stakeholders in the design, conduct, and implementation of health research.

His current projects span behaviors related to cancer screening, organ donation, end-of-life care, and the intersection of religion and science. Dr. Padela holds an MD from Weill Cornell Medical College, completed residency in emergency medicine at the University of Rochester, and received an MSc in Healthcare Research from the University of Michigan. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Classical Arabic from the University of Rochester, and has studied Islamic theology and law in seminary and academic settings. He has authored over 120 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and been featured in the New York Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, National Public Radio, BBC, and CNN.

    Conflicts of Interest

    As of July 13, 2022:

    • Medical College of Wisconsin, Faculty
    • The Initiative on Islam and Medicine, Board Chair
    • Nagamia Institute of Islamic Medicine and Science, Board Member
    • BMC Medical Ethics, Editorial Board Member
    • American Journal of Bioethics, Editorial Board Member
    • Healthcare and Spiritual Values Program at Washington University, Advisory Board Member
    • Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, Advisory Board Member


    Person Type
    Panel / Committee