Dr Md Shajedur Rahman Shawon

Dr Md Shajedur Rahman Shawon

  • DPhil in Population Health, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (2020)

  • MSc in Public Health Epidemiology, Karolinska Institute, Sweden (2016)

  • Masters in Public Health (MPH), North South University, Bangladesh (2014)

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery [MBBS], University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (2011)

Medicine & Health
Centre for Big Data Research in Health

I am a medically trained early-career epidemiologist currently working in the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at UNSW. I completed a DPhil in Population Health from the University of Oxford and I have an MSc in Epidemiology degree from Karolinska Institute, Sweden. I also studied medicine in the top-ranked medical school (Dhaka Medical College) in Bangladesh and also received a Master of Public Health degree. Furthermore, I received advanced training in diabetes research from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), genetic epidemiology from the University of Bristol, and prevention strategies for non-communicable diseases from University of Oxford. I am an elected Fellow of the UK Royal Society for Public Health.

I have researched different chronic diseases (cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, obesity, and respiratory comorbidity) using electronically linked large-scale routine healthcare data from Australia, UK, and Sweden.

I am building an independent body of large-scale, population-based research projects to inform improvements in health care, health, and quality of life in Australian and global populations. I am currently working on several projects focusing on various health outcomes after cardiac events and procedures in older Australian adults. My research also focuses on using linked administrative data to address important gaps in health system research. Additionally, my research aims to reduce disability and premature death in low- and middle-income countries through collaboration across multiple disciplines and with other scientists around the world.


Centre for Big Data Research in Health Level 2, AGSM Building (G27) Botany Street (Enter via Gate 11) UNSW SYDNEY NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Kibria GMA; Hashan MR; Hanif AAM; Maniar V; Shawon MSR, 2023, 'Mobile phone use for pregnancy-related healthcare utilization and its association with optimum antenatal care and hospital delivery in Bangladesh.', PLOS Glob Public Health, 3, pp. e0001762, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pgph.0001762
    Journal articles | 2023
    Shawon M; Yu J; Ooi S; Jorm L, 2023, 'Regional Differences in the Rates and Impact of Care Fragmentation Following Myocardial Infarction Admission', Heart, Lung and Circulation, 32, pp. S368 - S368, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2023.06.840
    Journal articles | 2023
    Shawon MSR; Falster MO; Hsu B; Yu J; Ooi SY; Jorm L, 2023, 'Trends and Outcomes for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery in New South Wales from 2008 to 2019', American Journal of Cardiology, 187, pp. 110 - 118, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.amjcard.2022.10.047
    Journal articles | 2023
    Shawon MSR; Jahan E; Rouf RR; Hossain FB, 2023, 'Psychological distress and unhealthy dietary behaviours among adolescents aged 12-15 years in nine South-East Asian countries: A secondary analysis of the Global School-Based Health Survey data', British Journal of Nutrition, 129, pp. 1242 - 1251, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0007114522002306
    Journal articles | 2022
    Cousin E; Duncan BB; Stein C; Ong KL; Vos T; Abbafati C; Abbasi-Kangevari M; Abdelmasseh M; Abdoli A; Abd-Rabu R; Abolhassani H; Abu-Gharbieh E; Accrombessi MMK; Adnani QES; Afzal MS; Agarwal G; Agrawaal KK; Agudelo-Botero M; Ahinkorah BO; Ahmad S; Ahmad T; Ahmadi K; Ahmadi S; Ahmadi A; Ahmed A; Ahmed Salih Y; Akande-Sholabi W; Akram T; Al Hamad H; Al-Aly Z; Alcalde-Rabanal JE; Alipour V; Aljunid SM; Al-Raddadi RM; Alvis-Guzman N; Amini S; Ancuceanu R; Andrei T; Andrei CL; Anjana RM; Ansar A; Antonazzo IC; Antony B; Anyasodor AE; Arabloo J; Arizmendi D; Armocida B; Artamonov AA; Arulappan J; Aryan Z; Asgari S; Ashraf T; Astell-Burt T; Atorkey P; Atout MMDW; Ayanore MA; Badiye AD; Baig AA; Bairwa M; Baker JL; Baltatu OC; Banik PC; Barnett A; Barone MTU; Barone-Adesi F; Barrow A; Bedi N; Belete R; Belgaumi UI; Bell AW; Bennett DA; Bensenor IM; Beran D; Bhagavathula AS; Bhaskar S; Bhattacharyya K; Bhojaraja VS; Bijani A; Bikbov B; Birara S; Bodolica V; Bonny A; Brenner H; Briko NI; Butt ZA; Caetano dos Santos FL; Cámera LA; Campos-Nonato IR; Cao Y; Cao C; Cerin E; Chakraborty PA; Chandan JS; Chattu VK; Chen S; Choi JYJ; Choudhari SG; Chowdhury EK; Chu DT; Corso B, 2022, 'Diabetes mortality and trends before 25 years of age: an analysis of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019', The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, 10, pp. 177 - 192, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2213-8587(21)00349-1
    Journal articles | 2022
    Kushal SA; Amin YM; Reza S; Hossain FB; Shawon MSR, 2022, 'Regional and Sex Differences in the Prevalence and Correlates of Early Sexual Initiation Among Adolescents Aged 12–15 Years in 50 Countries', Journal of Adolescent Health, 70, pp. 607 - 616, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2021.10.027
    Journal articles | 2022
    Rahman A; Sánchez M; Bursac Z; Whiting CY; de Dios MA; Cano M; Meek R; Taskin T; Shawon MSR; Vazquez V; Koly KN; Ullrich HS; Cano MÁ, 2022, 'Ethnic discrimination and psychological stress among Hispanic emerging adults: Examining the moderating effects of distress tolerance and optimism', International Journal of Intercultural Relations, 86, pp. 217 - 226, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijintrel.2021.12.005
    Journal articles | 2021
    Feigin VL; Stark BA; Johnson CO; Roth GA; Bisignano C; Abady GG; Abbasifard M; Abbasi-Kangevari M; Abd-Allah F; Abedi V; Abualhasan A; Abu-Rmeileh NME; Abushouk AI; Adebayo OM; Agarwal G; Agasthi P; Ahinkorah BO; Ahmad S; Ahmadi S; Salih YA; Aji B; Akbarpour S; Akinyemi RO; Al Hamad H; Alahdab F; Alif SM; Alipour V; Aljunid SM; Almustanyir S; Al-Raddadi RM; Salman RAS; Alvis-Guzman N; Ancuceanu R; Anderlini D; Anderson JA; Ansar A; Antonazzo IC; Arabloo J; Ärnlöv J; Artanti KD; Aryan Z; Asgari S; Ashraf T; Athar M; Atreya A; Ausloos M; Baig AA; Baltatu OC; Banach M; Barboza MA; Barker-Collo SL; Bärnighausen TW; Barone MTU; Basu S; Bazmandegan G; Beghi E; Beheshti M; Béjot Y; Bell AW; Bennett DA; Bensenor IM; Bezabhe WM; Bezabih YM; Bhagavathula AS; Bhardwaj P; Bhattacharyya K; Bijani A; Bikbov B; Birhanu MM; Boloor A; Bonny A; Brauer M; Brenner H; Bryazka D; Butt ZA; Dos Santos FLC; Campos-Nonato IR; Cantu-Brito C; Carrero JJ; Castañeda-Orjuela CA; Catapano AL; Chakraborty PA; Charan J; Choudhari SG; Chowdhury EK; Chu DT; Chung SC; Colozza D; Costa VM; Costanzo S; Criqui MH; Dadras O; Dagnew B; Dai X; Dalal K; Damasceno AAM; D'Amico E; Dandona L; Dandona R; Gela JD, 2021, 'Global, regional, and national burden of stroke and its risk factors, 1990-2019: A systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019', The Lancet Neurology, 20, pp. 1 - 26, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1474-4422(21)00252-0
    Journal articles | 2021
    Hasibul Hasan ATM; Das SC; Islam MS; Mansur M; Shajedur Rahman Shawon M; Hassan R; Hoque Chowdhury MSJ; Badrul Alam Mondal M; Mohammad QD, 2021, 'Impact of COVID-19 on hospital admission of acute stroke patients in Bangladesh', PLoS ONE, 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0240385
    Journal articles | 2021
    Kushal SA; Amin YM; Reza S; Shawon MSR, 2021, 'Parent-adolescent relationships and their associations with adolescent suicidal behaviours: Secondary analysis of data from 52 countries using the Global School-based Health Survey', EClinicalMedicine, 31, pp. 100691 - 100691, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100691
    Journal articles | 2021
    Shawon MSR; Odutola M; Falster MO; Jorm LR, 2021, 'Patient and hospital factors associated with 30-day readmissions after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, 16, pp. 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13019-021-01556-1
    Journal articles | 2021
    Shawon SR; Yang TO; Floud S; Green J; Reeves G; Beral DV, 2021, '289Birthweight and risks of adult-onset diabetes in women who are and are not overweight', International Journal of Epidemiology, 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyab168.595
    Journal articles | 2020
    Chowdhury R; Heng K; Shawon MSR; Goh G; Okonofua D; Ochoa-Rosales C; Gonzalez-Jaramillo V; Bhuiya A; Reidpath D; Prathapan S; Shahzad S; Althaus CL; Gonzalez-Jaramillo N; Franco OH, 2020, 'Dynamic interventions to control COVID-19 pandemic: a multivariate prediction modelling study comparing 16 worldwide countries', European Journal of Epidemiology, 35, pp. 389 - 399, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10654-020-00649-w
    Journal articles | 2020
    Hasan ATMH; Das SC; Islam MS; Mansur M; Shawon MSR; Hassan R; Hoque Chowdhury MSJ; Mondal MBA; Mohammad QD, 2020, 'Impact of COVID-19 on Hospital Admission of Acute Stroke patients in Bangladesh', , http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/2020.09.28.316448
    Journal articles | 2020
    Hossain FB; Shawon MSR; Al-Abid MSU; Mahmood S; Adhikary G; Bulbul MMI, 2020, 'Double burden of malnutrition in children aged 24 to 59 months by socioeconomic status in five South Asian countries: Evidence from demographic and health surveys', BMJ Open, 10, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032866
    Journal articles | 2020
    Roth GA; Mensah GA; Johnson CO; Addolorato G; Ammirati E; Baddour LM; Barengo NC; Beaton A; Benjamin EJ; Benziger CP; Bonny A; Brauer M; Brodmann M; Cahill TJ; Carapetis JR; Catapano AL; Chugh S; Cooper LT; Coresh J; Criqui MH; DeCleene NK; Eagle KA; Emmons-Bell S; Feigin VL; Fernández-Sola J; Fowkes FGR; Gakidou E; Grundy SM; He FJ; Howard G; Hu F; Inker L; Karthikeyan G; Kassebaum NJ; Koroshetz WJ; Lavie C; Lloyd-Jones D; Lu HS; Mirijello A; Misganaw AT; Mokdad AH; Moran AE; Muntner P; Narula J; Neal B; Ntsekhe M; Oliveira GMM; Otto CM; Owolabi MO; Pratt M; Rajagopalan S; Reitsma MB; Ribeiro ALP; Rigotti NA; Rodgers A; Sable CA; Shakil SS; Sliwa K; Stark BA; Sundström J; Timpel P; Tleyjeh II; Valgimigli M; Vos T; Whelton PK; Yacoub M; Zuhlke LJ; Abbasi-Kangevari M; Abdi A; Abedi A; Aboyans V; Abrha WA; Abu-Gharbieh E; Abushouk AI; Acharya D; Adair T; Adebayo OM; Ademi Z; Advani SM; Afshari K; Afshin A; Agarwal G; Agasthi P; Ahmad S; Ahmadi S; Ahmed MB; Aji B; Akalu Y; Akande-Sholabi W; Aklilu A; Akunna CJ; Alahdab F; Al-Eyadhy A; Alhabib KF; Alif SM; Alipour V; Aljunid SM; Alla F; Almasi-Hashiani A; Almustanyir S, 2020, 'Global Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases and Risk Factors, 1990-2019: Update From the GBD 2019 Study', Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 76, pp. 2982 - 3021, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jacc.2020.11.010
    Journal articles | 2020
    Shawon MSR; Hossain FB; Thomson B; Adhikary G; Chowdhury A; Chowdhury R; Townsend N, 2020, 'Trends in the prevalence of overweight among Bangladeshi children aged 24–59 months (2004–2014) by sex and socioeconomic status', International Journal of Obesity, 44, pp. 664 - 674, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41366-019-0507-9
    Journal articles | 2019
    Ho PJ; Tan CS; Shawon SR; Eriksson M; Lim LY; Miao H; Png E; Chia KS; Hartman M; Ludvigsson JF; Czene K; Hall P; Li J, 2019, 'Comparison of self-reported and register-based hospital medical data on comorbidities in women', Scientific Reports, 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-40072-0
    Journal articles | 2019
    Hossain FB; Adhikary G; Chowdhury AB; Shawon MSR, 2019, 'Association between body mass index (BMI) and hypertension in south Asian population: Evidence from nationally-representative surveys', Clinical Hypertension, 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40885-019-0134-8
    Journal articles | 2019
    Shawon SR, 2019, 'New Mental Health Act in Bangladesh', The Lancet Psychiatry, 6, pp. 199, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S2215-0366(19)30028-8
    Journal articles | 2018
    Adhikary G; Shajedur Rahman Shawon M; Wazed Ali M; Shamsuzzaman M; Ahmed S; Shackelford KA; Woldeab A; Alam N; Lim SS; Levine A; Gakidou E; Jasim Uddin M, 2018, 'Factors influencing patients’ satisfaction at different levels of health facilities in Bangladesh: Results from patient exit interviews', PLoS ONE, 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0196643
    Journal articles | 2018
    Shawon MSR; Adhikary G; Ali MW; Shamsuzzaman M; Ahmed S; Alam N; Shackelford KA; Woldeab A; Lim SS; Levine A; Gakidou E; Uddin MJ, 2018, 'General service and child immunization-specific readiness assessment of healthcare facilities in two selected divisions in Bangladesh', BMC Health Services Research, 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-2858-7
    Journal articles | 2017
    Shawon MSR; Eriksson M; Li J, 2017, 'Body size in early life and risk of breast cancer', Breast Cancer Research, 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13058-017-0875-9
    Journal articles | 2017
    Shawon MSR; Perret JL; Senaratna CV; Lodge C; Hamilton GS; Dharmage SC, 2017, 'Current evidence on prevalence and clinical outcomes of co-morbid obstructive sleep apnea and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: A systematic review', Sleep Medicine Reviews, 32, pp. 58 - 68, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.smrv.2016.02.007
    Journal articles | 2016
    Shawon MSR; Hossain FB; Adhikary G; Das Gupta R; Hashan MR; Rabbi MF; Ahsan GU, 2016, 'Attitude towards diabetes and social and family support among type 2 diabetes patients attending a tertiary-care hospital in Bangladesh: A cross-sectional study', BMC Research Notes, 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13104-016-2081-8
  • Conference Presentations | 2022
    Shawon MSR; Falster M; Hsu B; Yu J; Ooi S-Y; Jorm L, 2022, 'Temporal trends in rates and risk-adjusted outcomes for coronary revascularization in New South Wales (2003-2017)', presented at UNSW Annual Cardiovascular Symposium 2022, UNSW Sydney, 05 April 2022 - 05 April 2022
    Conference Abstracts | 2021
    Kushal SA; Nuruzzaman HSM; Shawon MSR, 2021, 'Mental Health Status among Primary Caregivers of Cancer Patients in Bangladesh', in CUGH 2021 Virtual Conference, presented at CUGH 2021 Virtual Conference, https://cugh.confex.com/cugh/2021/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/1434
    Conference Abstracts | 2021
    Shawon MSR; Falster M; Lujic S; Hanly M; Garland S; Jorm L, 2021, 'Predictors and Sources of Variation in 30-day Unplanned Readmission Following Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery in Australia', in Heart Lung and Circulation, Elsevier, presented at 69th CSANZ Annual Scientific Meeting 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society for Heart Research ANZET 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.hlc.2021.06.362
    Conference Papers | 2021
    Shawon SR; Yang TO; Floud S; Green J; Reeves G; Beral DV, 2021, 'Birthweight and risks of adult-onset diabetes in women who are and are not overweight', in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY, OXFORD UNIV PRESS, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000695815900574&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2020
    Shawon MSR; Yang TO; Floud S; Green J; Reeves G; Beral V, 2020, 'Comparison of Diabetes Recorded in Primary Care with Hospital Admission Data in England', in International Journal of Population Data Science, Swansea University, Adelaide, presented at International Population Data Linkage Conference 2020, Adelaide, https://ijpds.org/article/view/1547

Project title: Hospital trajectories for 15 million Australians

Funding body: National Health & Medical Research Council / Ideas Grants

Role: Chief Investigator


Project title: Cost of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) Infections: a Non-interventional Study using Linked Secondary Data

Funding body: Medtronic Australasia / Contract Research

Role: Chief Investigator


Project title: Open source modelling tools to support policy decision-making throughout the COVID-19 post-pandemic phase

Funding body: Triple I Clinical Academic Group Seed Grant Funding 2020

Role: Associate Investigator


Scholarships and Fellowships:

  • 2022: Finalist in the Early Career Researchers Poster Presentation at the UNSW Cardiovascular Symposium
  • 2019: Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health
  • 2017-2019: Nuffield Department of Population Health Scholarship for pursuing DPhil at the University of Oxford
  • 2015: Erasmus + Trainee Fellowship for a global cardiovascular internship at the University of Cambridge
  • 2014-2016: Swedish Institute (SI) Study Scholarship for studying MSc in Public Health Epidemiology at Karolinska Institute
  • 2012-2013: University Merit Scholarship from North South University for studying Masters in Public Health

Academic Excellence Awards:

  • 2018-2019: Senior Hulme Scholarship from Brasenose College, University of Oxford for recognition of academic distinction in doctoral study
  • 2015: Summa Cum Laude in Masters in Public Health from North South University, Bangladesh
  • 2006-2011: Talent-pool Scholarship from Ministry of Education, Bangladesh during MBBS course

Training Grants:

  • 2019: NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Oxford Bursary for attending the course on Prevention Strategies for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at Oxford
  • 2019: NDPH Research Student Fund for attending the course Genetic Epidemiology at Bristol
  • 2018: Student Support Fund from Brasenose College, University of Oxford for attending the Robert Turner Course on Clinical Research by EASD 

Travel Grants:

  • 2017: Sweden-Bangladesh Trust Fund Scholarship for DPhil study
  • 2013: HRH Prince Charles Foundation Scholarship from HRH The Prince of Wales Trust for attending the MOSAIC International Leadership Program 2013, UK as a delegate from Bangladesh
  • 2013: Early Stage Researcher Award from Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation for attending the ITM-IPH Colloquium 2013 in Bangalore, India


My research is focused on generating real-world evidence on early outcomes after major cardiac events and procedures, which in turn will help improving patients' health and quality of life, and optimizing healthcare utilization. Using various linked administrative data in Australia, I am currently investigating the drivers of adverse health outcomes (e.g. readmissions and mortality) after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. I am also examining the full benefits of intensive Phase 1 cardiac rehabilitation via a standardized clinical pathway following cardiac procedures. 

Covid19 related engagements in the media:

My Teaching

My teaching interests combine the areas of epidemiology and statistics to enable students to conduct and interpret research studies in important areas of population health.

I am the co-convener of the “Statistical Foundations of Health Data Science” course in the Master of Science in Health Data Science programme offered by the Centre for Big Data Research in Health at UNSW. I am also teaching in two other courses of the same programme: “Context of Health Data Science” and “Statistical Modelling II.”