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Cyrus Engineer

Cyrus Engineer

Professor & Director
Towson University


Dr. Engineer is currently the Director of the Healthcare Management Program and Clinical Professor at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the department of International Health and the Strathmore Business School in Kenya. Dr Engineer has over two decades of healthcare management experience working in diverse US and international healthcare settings. After obtaining his Masters in Hospital Administration from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, he pursued administrative careers at Hinduja and Breach Candy Hospitals in Mumbai. He led the first hospital in India to become certified to the ISO 9000 quality standard at a time when few formal accreditation programs existed. His passion for quality led him to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he worked and simultaneously obtained a Doctorate in Public Health in health care management and leadership. Thereafter, he joined World Health Organization's Patient Safety program in Geneva where he was a team member of the First Global Patient Safety Challenge and led a multi country campaign to eliminate health care associated infections through implementation of national hand hygiene programs. Over 130 member nations signed a pledge to address the cause of health care associated infections. 5000 hospitals signed up to the “Save Lives Clean Your Hands Campaign” in the first year itself and provided hand hygiene compliance data. Since then over 17,000 health care organizations have endorsed the campaign. Dr. Engineer was most recently the country director for Johns Hopkins University’s operations in Afghanistan where he led a team of over 500 personnel involved in evaluating the performance of health facilities, conducting household surveys, estimating prevalence of HIV, obtaining maternal mortality estimates (RAMOS) and assessing World Bank’s Results Based Financing (RBF) Scheme. He was invited by the Ministry of Public Health in Afghanistan to be a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Health Systems. Most recently he was awarded the “Global Achievement Award” by Johns Hopkins University for his contribution in the international health arena in enhancing knowledge for the world and implementing the same to improve health care delivery. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Honor Society and teaches courses on evaluation, quality and patient safety, health care management and has presented and published internationally. He currently serves on the Board of the American Society for Quality for the Baltimore section and serves as a senior Baldrige Examiner for the Maryland Performance Excellence Foundation.

Research Interest

Global health care