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Department of Bio-Medical Sciences - PCOM Georgia 
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Shafik Habal, MD

Dr. Habal received his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale followed by graduate coursework in Molecular Biology. He earned his MD degree in 2003 from St. Matthews University School of Medicine where he continued his research on tropical infections.

In 2004, Dr. Habal moved to Damascus, Syria where he became involved in the management of tuberculosis patients in addition to participating in the development of the medical education curriculum for several academic institutions in the country.

Prior to joining PCOM, Dr. Habal held an Appointment at Xavier University School of Medicine as an Associate Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology.


  • MD, St. Matthews University School of Medicine, 2003
  • BA, Biological Sciences, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, 1997


  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medicine
  • BIOM 611G Medical Microbiology
  • BIOM 610G Medical Immunology
  • BIOM 619G Medical Microbiology Practicum


Dr. Habal's interest in Dengue fever took him to Aruba where he observed the changing pattern in the incidence of Dengue virus infections and its vectors. Other ongoing research interests include Syndromic surveillance and the management of infectious disease outbreaks.

Dr. Habal is currently authoring a comprehensive USMLE study guide and a Medical Microbiology review guide.


Dr. Habal is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the international association of medical science educators, the collaborative family healthcare association and the global alliance for medical education.