Dr. Ali Elbireer: New ASLM CEO

Dr. Ali Elbireer: New ASLM CEO

dr-aliAddis Ababa, Ethiopia – September 19, 2016 – The African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Ali Elbireer. Dr. Elbireer will assume his role as the CEO on November 1st, 2016.

“ASLM is excited about the addition of Dr. Elbireer at this time as ASLM’s Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Elbireer is a very strong and capable leader and is coming in at a time when ASLM’s strategic direction is being redefined,” said Prof. Alash’le Abimiku, ASLM Board Chair. “Dr. Elbireer’s vision, strategic thinking and execution track record are exactly what ASLM needs to lead efforts to combat the current public health challenges facing the continent and the world”.

Dr. Elbireer was a faculty member of Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine, Baltimore-USA. He is a native of Sudan and has been the Country Director for JHU-NGO in Uganda for the past decade.He holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Pfeiffer University, NC, USA and a Doctoral degree (PhD) in Healthcare Administration from North Central University, AZ, USA. He brings a strong history of leadership, having held positions in several healthcare establishments, including medical laboratories, research facilities, centers of excellence, and hospitals in the United States and Africa.

Furthermore, Dr. Elbireer was the Laboratory Administrative Director for Makerere University-JHU at the Infectious Diseases Institute (MU-JHU/IDI) in Kampala, Uganda. The MU-JHU/IDI Core Laboratory was the second College of American Pathologist (CAP)-accredited medical laboratory in Africa in 2003.

Under Dr. Elbireer’s leadership the MU-JHU/IDI Core Laboratory was selected in 2008 and 2010 by the “Medical Laboratory Observer” Magazine as Laboratory of the Year (second & first runner-up respectively). This was the first international laboratory to be selected for this honor. In December 2012, his laboratory was also selected by ASLM as one of the “Best Practice Laboratories in Africa”.

Finally, Dr. Elbireer is a dedicated advocate for laboratory systems strengthening. He is the current Chairman of the American Society for Clinical Pathologist (ASCP) Advisory Board of Certification in Uganda.

He has published several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals on clinical laboratory science and the quality of laboratory services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

For more information about ASLM, please visit www.ASLM.org.


Established in 2011, the African Society for Laboratory Medicine is a pan-African professional body endorsed by the African Union and focused on improving healthcare by strengthening diagnostic testing. Laboratory testing is pivotal in disease diagnosis, epidemiological surveillance, outbreak investigations, initiation and monitoring of treatment, as well as research and development. ASLM will address these challenges by working collaboratively with governments, national, regional and international organizations, implementing partners, the private sector and other agencies to achieve the following goals by 2020.