Laith Sultan, MD

Laith Sultan, MD
Associate Fellow

Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania's Ultrasound Research Lab

Public Health Interests

Epidemiology, Global Health, Nutrition



Current Public-Health Related Activities

I received Doctor of Medicine degree from Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq in 2003. After graduation I worked as an intern physician for two years at Al-Kadhimya hospital in Baghdad in which I gained experience in the major medical fields through rotating in internal medicine, surgery, pediatric, Gyn. and Obstetric departments. I currently work as a research fellow and an investigator in University of Pennsylvania/ Ultrasound Research Lab ( Dr. Sandy Sehgal's lab). Also I am a part time/online MPH student at Johns Hopkins University-Bloomberg School of Public Health from which expect to graduate in 2017. I have developed a unique and insightful understanding of the need to integrate basic research with clinical application and to have a close grasp of the future research which could have a great impact on public health. Such understanding came as result of combining my clinical background as resident physician along my current work as a researcher in the University of Pennsylvania. However, my greatest achievements lied in the improvement of experiment skills and research potential. I worked on multiple research projects at the University of Pennsylvania, ultrasound research laboratory with Professor Chandra Sehgal Ph.D. There, my ability to perform independent research was significantly enhanced. My research achievements so far include the publication of multiple papers in clinical applications of ultrasound imaging in significant health issues including breast and thyroid cancer, cardiovascular diseases and fatty liver changes related to diet. My public health interests would be generally in epidemiology with special interests in cancer epidemiology, infectious diseases and pharmco­epidemiology. I also have a large passion for global health problem especially involving post­ conflict areas and refugee health problems.

Select Publications:

Eiluned Hogenson, Bindi Naik Mathuria. Bintou Ahmadou Ahidjo, Ching-Hui Chen, Laith R Sultan, Yasmin Yassin. Tuberculosis in the Alaska Native Population. American Journal of Public Health 2015. In submission.

Santosh S. Venkatesh, Benjamin J. Levenback, Laith R. Sultan, Ghizlane Bouzghar, and Chandra M Sehgal. Going beyond a first reader: A machine learning methodology for optimizing cost and performance in breast ultrasound diagnosis using adaptive boosting and selective pruning. Ultrasound in medicine and biology 2015.

Anil Chauhan, Laith R Sultan, Emma E Furth, Chandra Sehgal. Role Of Sonographic Hepatorenal Ratio In The Diagnosis And Grading Of Hepatic Steatosis. Ultrasound in medicine & biology 41(4) • March 2015.

Laith R. Sultan, Hui Xiong, Hanna M. Zafar, Susan M Schultz, Jill E. Langer and Chandra M. Sehgal. Vascularity assessment of thyroid nodules by quantitative color Doppler ultrasound. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, Volume 41, Issue 5, May 2015, Pages 1287-1293.

Laith R. Sultan, Ghizlane Bouzgar, Benjamin Levenback, Santosh Venkatesh, Emily F Conant, and Chandra M Seghal. Observer Variability in BI-RADS Ultrasound Features and Its Influence on Computer-Aided Diagnosis of Breast Masses. Advances in Breast Cancer ResearchVol.04 No.01(2015).