Dr. Juan Acuna is a Doctor in Medicine and Surgery from Javeriana University in Colombia, an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with postgraduate Fellowship training in Clinical Genetics (Mount Sinai Medical Center, University of Wisconsin), Fetal Medicine (Fetal Medicine Foundation, UK), Clinical Epidemiology (INCLEN, UJ), and Field Epidemiology (EIS program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta). He has more than 35 years of experience in clinical practice as well as academic medicine teaching and research.
He was a full time Senior Service Fellow for 11 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, USA. The last three of them as the Maternal and Child Health Program Director. He was full time University Professor at Universidad Nacional in Colombia for 21 years, faculty at Tulane University in New Orleans for 5 years and Associate Professor at Florida International University (FIU) from 2008 until 2019. He was Assistant Vice-president for Research at FIU (2014-2017) and the Founding Chair for the Department of Medical and Population Health Sciences Research.
He has had funding from NIH, industry and academics for his research and programs. He has published and presented more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and was principal editor on three books on research methods, obstetric delivery and ultrasound in reproductive medicine. He has presented as keynote speaker and speaker at more than 150 national, international and world congresses in the areas of his expertise.
Currently he is the Assistant Dean for Research and the Chair for the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Khalifa University College of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dr. Acuna has an active ECFMG certificate in the US has extensive experience in Clinical OB/GYN, Clinical Genetics, Fetal Medicine, and Public Health/Epidemiology both at the teaching and professor level, as well as at the practice level. He has also been a leader on pre and post graduate teaching of research methods and reproductive medicine and genetics.