Khalid H. Sheikh, MD, MBA, FACC, FNLA, FASE
Director of the Health First Institute
Dr. Khalid Sheikh is the Director of the Health First Institute for Cardiovascular Wellness and Disease Prevention in Cocoa Beach, Florida. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Diseases, and advanced lipid management. His academic appointments are as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University Global Health Institute, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Central Florida.
His clinical and research interests pertain to global heart health, primary and secondary cardiovascular prevention, cardiovascular imaging and longevity. Dr. Sheikh earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Florida. He completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Colorado and earned his MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. He completed his Fellowship in Cardiovascular Diseases at Duke University and was a member of the faculty in the Division of Cardiology until 1991. He returned to the Duke community with a faculty appointment to the Hubert-Yeargan Center (HYC) for Global Health in 2016.
As part of the HYC, Dr. Sheikh has served as a research mentor and onsite supervisor for trainees at AMPATH in Eldoret, Kenya. He has made several trips to Eldoret, serving as attending physician in the CCU for the initial group of trainees in the Moi-Duke Cardiovascular Fellowship program. He has provided didactic lectures for the Moi-Duke Cardiovascular Fellowship program and has been a great partner in fostering strategic and capacity development efforts with the HYC’s Kenyan partners.
In addition to his work with HYC, he has delivered medical services, lectured, taught, and performed research in medically underserved populations in Asia, Africa and Central America with a number of other organizations whose primary mission is improving global health through outreach. These include the American College of Cardiology Global Hub, American Society of Echocardiography Foundation for Global Health Outreach, Cardiostart International, Madaktari and the Heinemann Foundation. He has served as principal investigator in over 100 national and international clinical research trials and has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications. He is the author of the critically acclaimed heart wellness book, “Don’t Let Your Heart Attack!”