About Me

A diligent, adaptable and resourceful educator and researcher with a progressive career within diverse business cultures including higher education, research, leadership and educational technology. A dynamic leader, award-winning instructor and professor and established author of medical and scientific books, theses and articles including service as an international thesis evaluator.

A strong collaborator with a high degree of responsibility for quality, accuracy and implementing sound solutions for continuous improvement of educational institutions.Adept at developing proactive strategies for thorough evaluation, rigorous academic and institutional success, expertise in online course delivery and influential research.



2009 – 2011
University of New England, Maine, USA
Master of Science in Medical Education Leadership (MSc MEdL)
College of Osteopathic Medicine

2000 – 2004
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (Chua Toh Hua Memorial Gold Medal)
Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

1997 – 1998
University of London, U.K.
Master of Science (M.Sc.)
Guy’s, King’s, St. Thomas’s School of Medicine

1990 – 1995
Jinnah Sindh Medical University, Pakistan
Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (M.B.B.S / (M.D.)
Sindh Medical College


National Association of Biology Teachers since 2009

International Association of Medical Science Educators since 2008

American Association of University Professors since 2007

American Association for the Advancement of Science since 2007

American Physiological Society (#58979) since 2007



Quality Matters Coordinator Training, Quality Matters, Maryland Online

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric Training, Quality Matters, Maryland Online

Peer Reviewer Course Training, Quality Matters, Maryland Online


How To Teach Online, Department of Educational Technology, Northwestern Health Sciences University, MN


GRAD 8101 (3 credits), University of Minnesota, Center for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Preparing Future Faculty Series)


Proteomics Workshop, University of Minnesota, Center for Mass Spectrometry and Proteomics


Basic Good Clinical Practice (Clinical Trials Management), National University of Singapore


University of London Course in Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV, University College London, UK

Aug. 2017 – Present

Professor (Teaching Track)
Carle Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Champaign, IL
Course Director, Respiratory Block
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana, IL

Jun. 2016 – Present

Visiting Research Professor/Course Director, Physiology
Department of Medical Information Science
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

2012 – Present

Extension Instructor
University of California Extension, Berkeley, CA

Course: Human Anatomy and Physiology (College level)

2015 – Present

Editorial Board (Associate Editor), Medical Education Online, Taylor and Francis Publishing (eISSN 10872981)

2014 – Present

Reviewer, Nutrition and Cancer (Impact factor 2.635), Taylor and Francis (ISSN: 0163-5581)

2013 – Present

Editorial Board, EC Nutrition (ECronicon), Open Access

2013 – Present

External Thesis Evaluator for foreign universities (confidential)

2012 – Present

Reviewer, Medical Education (Impact factor 3.175), Wiley (ISSN:1365-2923) peer-reviewed international journal

2011 – Present

Medical Advisor, Medical Assisting Program
Rasmussen College, Blaine, MN

Dec. 2015 – Aug. 2016

Professor of Basic and Clinical Sciences
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Bloomington, MN

Fall 2015 – spring 2016

Adjunct Professor
Department of Human Health and Performance
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN

2013 – Aug. 2016

Associate Director, Office of Faculty Development
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Bloomington, MN

Jan. 2008 – Nov. 2015

Associate Professor of Basic and Clinical Sciences
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Bloomington, MN

Faculty Advisor:

Soccer Club, Functional Medicine Club (2009-2016)

2006 – 2008

Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – V.A. Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

2004 – 2006

Postdoctoral Associate
V.A. Medical Center (Research Service), University of Minnesota
Dept. of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Minneapolis, MN

2000 – 2004

Research Scholar
National University of Singapore (NUS), Department of Physiology

1998 – 1999

Senior Registrar in Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
Jinnah Medical College and Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

1997 – 1998
1995 – 1996

Medical Intern
Dept. of General Medicine and Dept. of Plastic Surgery
Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan

    • Digital Cognitive Apprenticeship: Using Student Feedback To Drive the Content of Targeted Videos Created With Educreations® (oral presentation, IAMSE Conference 2017)
    • High Medical Student Satisfaction with Mentimeter®: A Novel Tool to Gauge Physiology Understanding in Large Classroom (oral presentation, IAMSE conference 2017)
    • So I FLIPPED, Do I SCRAMBLE? (oral presentation, MN eLearning summit, 2016)
    • Public Health Implications of the Bakris Study (continuing medical education presentation, Ahmad, Elkington, Rich and Tuchscherer, Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2016)
  • Flip or Flop: Successes and Perils of Flipped Classroom Learning (oral presentation, MN eLearning summit, 2015)
  • Revisiting David Matthes: Creating Groups and Team-Based Learning by Verena Van Fleet, Kim Swineheart and Kashif Ahmad (faculty development workshop, 2015)
  • The successful use of Educreations® an iPad application in a physiology course (several workshops, brown bags, 2014-2017)
  • Active Learning (faculty development workshop, Ahmad, Pirog, Taylor, Bowers, Maddox, Devries, Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2014)
  • Viva Voce: a timely need in a clinical course (faculty development workshop as part of Faculty Development Day, Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2014)
  • Teaching Pathology in Blocks! (faculty development workshop, 2014)
  • Chinese Herbs as Bioactive Compounds/Anti-cancer agents (Ahmad, Pirog, Northwestern Health Sciences University, given as continuing medical education credit, 2014)
  • Managing Cholesterol in Daily Living (joint faculty conference with Dr. Elkington, 2013)
  • My journey from hyperthermia to hypothermia: temperature regulation (oral presentation, Weil Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar, 2013)
  • Dermatology for Allied Health Professionals (given as continuing medical education credit, Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2013)
  • Health Professionals: Do you know your Dermatology? (given as continuing medical education credit, Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2010-2014)
  • A Lecture Toolbox for Modern Medical Educators (oral presentation, Dept. of Osteopathic Medicine, University of New England, 2012)
  • Allopathic Treatment of Diabetes as of Today (joint faculty conference with Dr. Aldrich and Dr. Ratte, Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2012)
  • Adverse Events of Pharmaceuticals that Natural Care Doctors Should Know (Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2013)
  • Dermatology Calling! (oral presentation at Northwestern Health Sciences University Symposium, 2012)
  • Writing case studies in light of Bloom’s taxonomy (faculty development workshops as part of the faculty development three-year plan, Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2010-2013)
  • How to construct an effective case study? (faculty development workshop, 2010-2013)
  • Creating clinical pamphlets in a basic science course (oral presentation, Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2008)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide is a Signal for Bax Translocation, Young Scientist Award Competition, National University of Singapore and National Medical Research Council, 2003 (winner)
  • Vitamin C accentuates activity of MC540 in human leukemia cells (Singapore, NUS, 2002)

Made several poster presentations at conferences such as American Association of Cancer Research


The “learning process” is both the acquisition of knowledge in the form of understanding information as well as adaptation of skills. The “teaching process” is the method for promoting learning. One who masters this art is a teacher.

I have taught a variety of medical and life science subjects including physiology, nutrition, biology, pharmacology, pathology and dermatology. With a M.D. and Ph.D., I have twelve years of international teaching experience in many countries including Singapore, U.K. and ten years in the United States. I embarked on my fourth degree in medical educational leadership that has strengthened my teaching skills and hone my leadership qualities as an educator. I have delivered formal lectures, led lab sessions, served as a facilitator in problem-based learning groups, and taught medical students and nurses in outpatient clinics. I value teaching and enjoy my interaction with students and colleagues. With my colleagues, I share effective teaching and learning strategies that cater to the millennial learners in modern medical education.


  • Served on the board that oversees academic standards at Northwestern Health Sciences University (2008-2015)
  • Served as an examiner for tri-yearly standardized assessment tests as approved by the University Council (2008-2014)
  • In a curriculum design team and the under the direct supervision of the Provost, developed the Masters of Health Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition course (33 credits) and taught four 3 credit 5000 level online courses in the first cohort (Nutrition in Life Cycle, Women’s Health, GIT and Human Nutrition). The course was approved by North Central Accreditation Council in the USA (2009-2014)
  • Served on Faculty Affairs Committee responsible for maintaining the faculty handbook and policies and procedures of the faculty (2010-2013)
  • Curriculum Coordinator for Summer Science Academy, a program that invites underserved and underrepresented grades 7-12 youth to spend a science learning week on campus (2008-2013)
  • Volunteered for several community projects at the University that include “Appreciation Day”, “Discovery Day” and “Legislative Day” (2008-2014)
  • Served on the founding Advisory Board, H.C. Sweere Center for Clinical Biomechanics and Applied Ergonomics, Bloomington, MN (2012-2016)
  • Faculty Advisor: Soccer Club, Functional Medicine Club (2009-2016)

SKY Day Always a Hit


Teaching and Scholarship
  • Responsible for directing, designing, implementing and teaching the full medical physiology course for first-year (M1) medical students that includes patient-based learning, interactive lectures, and small group learning
  • Designed and taught a variety of courses that include medical physiology, exercise physiology, pharmacology, pathology, dermatology, advanced nutrition, general anatomy and human biology
  • Implementing vertical integration of basic science courses with clinical sciences via COPPS (Clinically Oriented Physiology Pharmacology Session)
  • Engaging students in research projects to hone their research skills
  • Principal Investigator/Advisor on health fair research with Campaña de Salud (organized by medical students)


Innovation in Education and Research
  • Designed and implemented a new physiology curriculum incorporating modern technologies such as Educreations® and Mentimeter®
  • Engaged in educational innovation research, measuring the usefulness of novel tools in teaching and surveying learning attributes of medical students
  • Quality Matters Coordinator, Quality Matters is an internationally recognized program that deals with Quality Assurance in online and blended education
  • Assisted the Dean to develop and implement the creation and revision of instruction and orientation materials for resident faculty and newly hired faculty and to facilitate implementation of online assessment tools
  • Provided support to the Educational Technology Director in reviewing new instructional technology tools and assisted in the use and implementation of these new tools to enhance the classroom experience


Program and Faculty Development
  • Worked with Provost and Dean in developing a master faculty development plan in support of University’s goals
  • Assisted the Provost/Dean in reviewing accreditation reports to ensure good quality in reporting
  • In liaising with the Director, responsible for organizing, developing and coordinating faculty development workshops, training and seminars for clinical and teaching faculty that encompasses improvement in areas of curriculum design and assessment
  • Organized monthly faculty conferences that offer continuing education credits for clinical and non –clinical faculty
  • Provided individual consultations to faculty and adjuncts with instructional personnel related to effective teaching practices and methods
  • Addressed faculty needs in educational research and promoting scholarly work that fulfills faculty criteria for promotion and contract renewal
  • Conducted faculty surveys to manage a cycle of continuous improvement using evaluation and assessment to ensure effectiveness and applicability to faculty needs and institutional objectives




Dr. Kashif is a wonderful professor. His personality and passion for teaching create an atmosphere ideal for learning. He has a knack for taking complex topics and breaking them down into small pieces, then putting those pieces back together in a way which allows students to comprehend the topic at multiple levels. Students will not only feel well prepared to pass the rigorous national board examinations but will also have the knowledge to be astute clinicians in the field of chiropractic medicine. Dr. Kashif always makes time to answer questions or offer advice, whether they are class related or personal. He is by far one of the best professors I have ever had in my eight years of post high school education.

ProAdjuster Chiropractic Chiropractic Student


Throughout his master’s courses, I have found Dr. Ahmad to be articulate, insightful, and intellectually creative.I believe that Dr. Ahmad is poised to take on varied roles within the academic medical profession. I trust he will use the learning outcomes from the UNE Master of Science in Medical Education Leadership degree to develop a personal educational platform and to hone his skills a medical education leader. less
- Professor & Director
- Master of Science, Medical Education Leadership

Joe Bazzett

Dr. Kashif Ahmad resides in a cadre of educators that is rarely encountered and always revered. He is not only a knowledgeable educator who takes the time to know his students names and goes out of his way to make each lecture or lab experience as enjoyable and engaging as possible, but he also has the ability to educate in a manner that is so unconventional at times that the lesson will never be forgotten. I value him as an educator who is not only brilliantly versed in the information for his courses, but respect him as a healthcare resource that is personally involved in ongoing research and keeps himself abreast of the new developments and information in the many facets of the dynamic world of Modern medicine. The information I have shared above may perhaps be a ringing endorsement of an educator, but it simply pales to the reality that Dr. “Kash” is quite simply a wonderful person.

Joe Bazzett
-Healthcare Specialist
-NWHSU Northwestern Health Sciences University

Eric Staneanas

Dr. Kashif is a wonderful professor. His personality and passion for teaching create an atmosphere ideal for learning. He has a knack for taking complex topics and breaking them down into small pieces, then putting those pieces back together in a way which allows students to comprehend the topic at multiple levels. Students will not only feel well prepared to pass the rigorous national board examinations but will also have the knowledge to be astute clinicians in the field of chiropractic medicine. Dr. Kashif always makes time to answer questions or offer advice, whether they are class related or personal. He is by far one of the best professors I have ever had in my eight years of post high school education

Eric Staneanas
- Chiropractic Student
- ProAdjuster Chiropractic

Ziyad Jhumka

Kashif has been a very good mentor; he is always helpful in giving the right advice and always there whenever I needed his assistance. Looking back, I have no qualms that Kashif has the ability to lead, supervise and direct any type of work he ventures in.

Ziyad Jhumka
- Apollo Bramwell Hospital
- Clinical Coordinator of Stem Cell Therapy & IVF

Adam Zachman DC CCSP

I had Dr. Ahmad as an instructor at Northwestern Health Sciences University and I was consistently impressed with the quality of education he provided, This is in addition to being personable and very approachable. His classes were taught at a very rigorous level with very high expectations. In spite of this and the heavy course load he was teaching at the time he was very friendly and took time to get to know myself and my fellow students. I don’t know how he juggled all of his responsibilities and stayed as patient as he did with all of us. I can only say I unreservedly recommend him as an educator.

Adam Zachman DC CCSP
- Airrosti Rehab Centers
- Airrosti Certified Provider

Dr. Lacey Gillies

Because Life Is A Series Of Small Adjustments

I know Dr. Kash both as a professor and a supervisor, as I was his teachers assistant for a trimester.

As a professor, Dr. Kash is well known for being prepared, on-time, and prompt to return feedback. He sets high expectations for his students as well as himself. Dr. Kash goes above and beyond what is required of him to help each and every student achieve their personal scholarly goals. He gets to know every student he teaches, and will call on you by name the first day of class.

Dr. Kash is also a researcher, writer, and a friend to all who know him. It is a Dr. Kash tradition to wear blue on the last day of class for “Sky Day” to represent the sky as your limit. He has a picture of each Sky Day hanging outside his office door.

We are very proud to have Dr. Kash at our institution and are appreciative of all Dr. Kash’s efforts.

Thanks Kash

Dr. Lacey Gillies

Erica Seppala

I took Kash’s online Anatomy class at UC Berkeley, and he was a fantastic professor, always very available and helpful. I feel like I got a great training in Anatomy, and it has helped prepared me to start nursing school later this month to become a Certified Nurse-Midwife.

Erica Seppala
- Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital
- Maternal Newborn RN

Danny Stanley

Dr. Kashif is an outstanding educator and teacher and holds himself to the highest standards, his enthusiasm for learning and teaching is inspiring, and I would say he makes learning fun. I never enjoyed a class so much as his, not because of the material, but because of the way he presented it. He is truly a first class professor. Thanks, Kash!

Danny Stanley
- Stanley Family Chiropractic
- Chiropractor

Charley Hausman

By far, one of the most sincere and down to earth professors that I have ever come across. He took extra time to teach me the subjects that I was having difficulty understanding while I was in school.

He is the only professor that I know to this day that was able to not only remember my first and last name but also was able to remember details about the personal information that I’ve shared with him throughout the time that I’ve known him.

Thanks again Dr. Kash!

Charley Hausman
Chiropractic Physician

Murad M. Alqadi

Dr. Ahmad brings an energy to his craft that invigorates and accommodates all types of learners. He understands how rapidly education technology is advancing and works to stay on the cutting edge of what’s available to educators. In his free time, Dr. Ahmad prepared Khan Academy-style Educreations videos that were an excellent supplement to his course lectures. His use of Mentimeter, a quizzing software accessible by laptop and phone, during review sessions to assess the exam readiness level of his students was just another way Dr. Ahmad made his course fun for his students. Beyond his use of technology in the classroom, Dr. Ahmad challenged his students to think like clinicians even as they were working through the minutiae of the basic sciences. I am confident this early emphasis on clinical practice will produce better physicians. By instilling passion in his peers and his students, Dr. Ahmad can break out as a treasure to any institution he is a part of.

Murad M. Alqadi
M.D Candidate

Omar Calderón Jr

Dr. Ahmad is without a doubt one of my favorite M1 professors at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. I enjoy his personable teaching style and emphasis on helping us as M1s to begin to think like clinicians! “Think like a clinician,” is one of his favorite phrases to use after asking insightful questions focused on integrating different physiological organ systems. Furthermore, I find extreme value and respect in the effort Dr. Ahmad puts into helping his students and the variety of pedagogical tools he implements–such as educreations and mentimeter. The ease at which Dr. Ahmad is able to break down important topics without reducing critical concepts is impressive and very effective. I am glad the M1 class recognized this and was able to nominate and award Dr. Ahmad with the Golden Apple Award in teaching this year–very well deserved!

Omar Calderón Jr
- Student
- University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign

Luis Vite

Dr. Ahmad was my professor for two online courses at UC Berkeley: Human Anatomy & Physiology. His teaching style combined with course emphasis on problem-solving enhanced my understanding of anatomical concepts as well structural function and mechanism. He is accommodating, grades and responds to questions/messages promptly, provides constructive recommendations/feedback, and is fair; he understands what it is like to be a student and keeps courses interesting with challenging assignments. I can’t thank him enough for the motivation and “love for the health field” he sparked in me! Dr. Ahmad is easily one of the best professors I have had at UC Berkeley, and a champion in his field. He is an inspiration to many, and have nothing but the best things to say– Thank you!

Luis Vite
- Clinical Research Coordinator

Kevin Wagner

I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Kashif Ahmad at Northwestern Health Sciences University. I found Dr. Kash to be incredibly student-centered and dedicated to student success in and out of the classroom. I also found Dr. Kash to be very open to closely working with the Student Affairs department at Northwestern in order to be able to positively impact and engage more with students.

Kevin Wagner, M.S.

Kevin Wagner
Dedicated to transforming lives through home ownership!

India Broyles

Congratulations to Kashif Ahmad, MBBS, MSc, MSc (MEdL), Ph.D., on his recent poster and presentation on “The successful use of educreations (an iPad application) in a chiropractic physiology course ” at the Minnesota eLearning Summit.

India Broyles
- Professor & Director
- Master of Science, Medical Education Leadership


Executive Award
The Raymond B. Allen Instructorship Award (Golden Apple Award)
Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding University Contributions
Best Poster Award
Best Poster Award
Faculty Member of the Year
Member of the Year 2010
Awarded Teacher of the Year 2007
Sir Edmund Youde Memorial Scholarship
Sir Edmund Youde Memorial Scholarship
Young Scientist Award
Full Merit Research Scholarship

KASH 360


Where I Am Based

Get in Touch

Champaign, Illinois 61280, USA