Alison El Ayadi, ScD MPH

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Safe Motherhood Program

Dr. El Ayadi’s research program focuses on determinants of maternal mortality and morbidities, access to obstetric care, and the structural, social and interpersonal factors that configure maternal health disparities. Much of her current work focuses on prevention, treatment and post-surgical reintegration for obstetric fistula. Dr. El Ayadi received a National Institutes of Health Career Development Award to study post-surgical recovery trajectories following fistula surgery and to develop and pilot test a theory and evidence-based intervention to improve women’s reintegration experiences in Uganda. She has developed and validated a post-fistula repair reintegration instrument to quantitatively assess post-surgical reintegration following fistula surgery which can be utilized for fistula focused research and evaluation purposes. Dr. El Ayadi has also been active in research on improving recognition and management of obstetric hemorrhage in low-resource settings, including research assessing the non-pneumatic anti-shock garment (NASG) as a first-aid device for improving hemorrhage-related outcomes and the utility of the shock index in prediction of adverse maternal outcome and as a clinical monitoring tool. Dr. El Ayadi has led and contributed to other research within the subject areas of obstetric complications, family planning, maternal and child health in the context of Ebola virus disease, and HIV.   



  • Harvard School of Public Health, Doctor of Science degree in Social Epidemiology
  • Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Master's in Public Health in International Health and Development
  • Colby College, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and International Studies