Dr. Padela is an emergency medicine physican, health services researcher, and bioethicist whose scholarship focuses on the intersection of minority health and bioethics through the lens of the healthcare experiences of American Muslims. He is currently an Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Chicago, where is also is the Director of Initiative on Islam and Medicine and faculty at the Maclean Center for Clinical Ethics.
Dr. Padela completed undergraduate degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Classical Arabic & Literature at the University of Rochester. He earned his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College and trained in Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester. From 2008-2011 Dr. Padela was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and lecturer at the University of Michigan, where he developed a program of community-based participatory research studying the role of religion in American Muslim health behaviors, healthcare seeking patterns, and healthcare challenges.
Dr. Padela’s empirical research focuses on the healthcare inequities and barriers faced by American Muslims, and how healthcare systems respond via cultural accommodations to meet these perceived needs.
His bioethics work focuses on cultural modifications of healthcare delivery for minority patient populations, in the ethics of transnational and transcultural health partnerships, and in normative and applied Islamic bioethics. With respect to the latter, he was a Visiting Fellow at the Centre of Islamic Studies at Oxford University in 2010-11.
Dr. Padela's work has been featured by multiple media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, and The National.
In April 2011, Dr. Padela co-directed a conference entitled Where Religion, Bioethics, and Policy Meet: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Islamic Bioethics and End-of-Life Care. This landmark 2-day conference brought together religious scholars, bioethicists, policy experts, physicians, social scientists and allied health professionals to discuss Islamic law, bioethics, medicine and health policy in the American context.
M.S. Healthcare Research, University of Michigan; MD Weill Cornell Medical College; BS Biomedical Engineering University of Rochester; BA Classical Arabic & Literature, University of Rochester
American Muslim Health , Islamic Bioethics , Healthcare Disparities , Cultural Competency , Community-based Participatory Research , Health Care , Public Health