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Health Department Announces the Passing of Dr. Edward Khan

Published: 06/21/22

June 21, 2022 - Jefferson County, AL It is with great sadness and a heavy heart the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) shares news of the tragic passing of Ashraf Edward “Ed” Khan, M.D. Dr. Khan passed away suddenly Saturday, June 18, 2022, in a motorcycle accident. He was 56 years old. Dr. Khan worked at JCDH for many years serving in various roles, including previously as Medical Director of Disease Control. He served as one of JCDH’s Subject Matter Experts on various public health issues including dozens of media appearances, community presentations, and professional lectures. He was especially renowned for his expertise in tuberculosis. Clinicians across the state and much of the country sought his expertise in the care of challenging tuberculosis cases. In addition to his work in Alabama, he had done infectious disease work in other countries including Zambia, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Haiti, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, and Guatemala.

Since the news of Dr. Khan’s death started reaching his colleagues and co-workers in the public health and infectious disease community, there has been an outpouring of grief as well as tributes and stories of Dr. Khan’s intellectual brilliance and attention to detail as a clinician; his kind, gentle and humble demeanor; his selflessness; and his incredible generosity toward others. He took a personal interest in all people he interacted with, regardless of their station in life. For patients with particularly challenging disease or difficult social situations, he was known to make home visits, make himself available by phone 24/7, and even buy food or provide shelter using his own resources.

Dr. Khan was not just our co-worker, but a good friend to many of us. The JCDH staff will miss him more than words can express. The JCDH flag was flown at half-staff today to mourn this loss.

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