Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Neurologist, public health specialist, author

Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, is a double Board-certified neurologist and public health specialist. She works for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), serves as Lieutenant Commander in the US Public Health Service, and is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She also serves on the Leadership Council of the Classy Awards.

Dr. Akhtar is the author of the new book: Animals and Public Health: Why treating animals better is critical to human welfare. You can learn more about the book at her website:

In her TEDx talk, she discusses how treating animals better is not only good for animals, but also good for us.

She lives in Maryland with her husband, Patrick.

And now for her obligatory disclaimer: "The opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not represent the official position of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the U.S. government."