Zohray Talib MD

Zohray Talib

Contact Information
Email: TalibZ@cusm.org

Faculty Appointment

Professor of Medical Education & Internal Medicine

Administrative Appointments

Chair, Department of Medical Education
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs


MD, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Residency: Internal Medicine, George Washington University
Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine
Fellowship: American College of Physicians


Zohray M. Talib is Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Chair of the Department of Medical Education, and Professor of Medical Education and Medicine at the California University of Science and Medicine. Her experience spans the field of medical education and global health, with a particular focus on social accountability in health professions education. Dr. Talib is currently serving as the Co-Chair for the National Academy of Medicine’s Global Forum on Innovations in Health Professional Education.

Dr. Talib has worked with medical education programs in the US and across Sub-Saharan Africa to bring best practices, especially into low-resource settings. Her particular areas of interest include community-based education and building a robust and diverse faculty workforce for institutions in underserved communities. Dr. Talib's research across ten countries in Africa sheds light on the value of bringing learners into community-based health care settings. Her research also examines the burden of mental health and strategies to integrate mental health into primary care. She has visiting faculty appointments at Mbarara University in Uganda, Aga Khan University in Kenya, and the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda.

Dr. Talib brings to the field of academic medicine and global health the unique perspective of being a primary care clinician, educator, and researcher. She is a licensed and practicing internal medicine primary care physician. She teaches clinical medicine, health policy, and health systems to medical students. Dr. Talib was previously at the George Washington University where she was Associate Program Director for the Internal Medicine program and a researcher with the Health Workforce Institute.

Dr. Talib has a deep commitment to caring for underserved communities. Dr. Talib has worked in Central Asia and East Africa on community-based cancer screening, management training, and clinical research training for academic faculty. She currently chairs a national board that provides social safety net services including a crisis line, mental health services, and community-based care for the elderly.

Dr. Talib received her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the George Washington University Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Research Interests

  • Global Health
  • Health Workforce / Health Professions Education
  • Medical Education
  • Health Systems Strengthening