Abdul El-Sayed MD – 2017 Top 100 Under 50 Executive Leader


Abdul El-Sayed MD
Democratic Candidate
For Governor of Michigan
Columbia University

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a Democratic candidate for Governor in Michigan and was most recently the Health Commissioner for the City of Detroit. Abdul has a medical degree from Columbia University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a doctorate in public health. He is a native Michigander who was born and raised in Metro Detroit. As a public health professor at Columbia University’s Department of Epidemiology, Abdul became an internationally recognized expert in health policy and health inequalities. Abdul became the youngest health official in a major American city when he was appointed to rebuild Detroit’s Health Department after it was privatized during the city’s bankruptcy. As Health Commissioner, under Abdul’s leadership, the Detroit Health Department became a state and national leader in public health innovation and environmental justice, in one of the fastest municipal public health turnarounds in American history.