Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, associate dean for clinical trials, works directly with faculty, departments, and centers to assess opportunities and priorities for creating the most efficient and user-friendly environment for clinical trials.

Nasia Safdar
Nasia Safdar

In this role, Safdar serves as the Research Director of the Wisconsin Medicine Institute for Clinical Trials, a joint venture of SMPH and UW Health, in partnership with Betsy Nugent, MSPH, CCRP, the Director of the Wisconsin Medicine Institute for Clinical Trials and UW Health Chief Clinical Research Officer. The institute focuses on expanding clinical trials on the UW–Madison campus.

Safdar earned her medical degree from Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan in 1995, followed by a residency in medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. She has also completed fellowships in infectious disease and women’s health, in addition to earning a master’s degree in population health sciences and PhD in clinical research at the School of Medicine and Public Health.

She is a professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Disease with affiliate appointments in the Department of Population Health Sciences and the College of Engineering’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. She also serves as the Director of Investigator-Initiated & Multisite Research for the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Safdar is a renowned clinician and researcher with expertise in clinical trials and infection control. Among other accolades, in 2017 she earned a prestigious President’s Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and an NIH Director’s New Innovator Award.