Shabir Lakhi is a consultant physician with a special focus on infectious diseases, and the current Chair of Internal Medicine at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka Zambia. He has participated in various NIH grants as a study physician since 2004 and received a Forgarty scholarship in 2002.
Although Lakhi’s research focus has been on HIV and TB, he has also recently been involved in the non-communicable disease front. “I want to develop and mentor future Zambian physicians and scientists with a view to them developing global partnerships in their various specialities,” he says. He has worked at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia since 1993, has headed one of the five medical units and was the clinical Head of Department from 2004/5 to 2009. In addition, he was also in charge of the haemodialysis unit and was instrumental in revamping it by replacing the current dialysis machines, as well as establishing network links with centres of excellence in Nephrology, through which the university now has over four trained nephrologists with two going onto do PhDs. He has a strong interest in infectious diseases specifically HIV-AIDS and Tuberculosis. He also headed/founded the Adult Infectious Disease Center (AIDC) at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka to 2010. Having been involved in HIV Vaccine research with Zambia Emory HIV Research Group from 2004, he has up-to-date GCP and bioethics certificates. Lakhi also co-founded the Institute for Medical Research and Training to serve on a platform of mentorship for the afore mentioned HIV Vaccine research programme.