Dr. Sarah Cuschieri qualified as a medical doctor in 2011. She studied for a postgraduate Diploma and Masters in Diabetes Mellitus type 2 at the Cardiff University, Wales, obtaining a distinction in both between 2012 to 2015. Additional to her Masters’ degree she was awarded the silver award of excellence by Cardiff University, Wales.
She took up a full-time academic and research career at the University of Malta in 2013. In 2019, she completed her PhD studies focusing on the “Burden of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, dysglycaemia and their co-determinants in the adult population of Malta”. During the same year, Dr. Cuschieri obtained a certificate in Public Health Epidemiology from the University of Utrecht. In 2022, the Faculty of Public Health UK elected her to Membership through Distinction.
Dr. Cuschieri research interest focuses on population health, mainly non-communicable diseases (childhood obesity, obesity & diabetes ), Covid-19 and medical education. She made it in the top 2% of the most cited scientists in the world for the years 2020 and 2021. Dr. Cuschieri is the author of the 3 books “To Do or Not to Do a PhD? Insight and Guidance from a Public Health PhD Graduate”, "A Roadmap to Successful Scientific Publishing, The Dos, the Don’ts and the Must-Knows", "A Pocket Guide for Medical Students". Additionally, she had authored a number of book chapters focusing on her research interests. Also has been invited as a keynote speaker in international and local conferences.
In 2021, she was won the “Academic leadership and accomplishment” award as part of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (TOYP), Junior Chamber International (JCI).
Dr. Cuschieri is actively involved in a number of collaborative research projects, particularly in the area of the burden of diseases and small European states. She is also a collaborator researcher with the Islands and Small States Institute (ISSI), University of Malta.
Dr. Cuschieri is a Dame with the Military & Hospitalier Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem. In 2018, she co-founded the first NGO targeting Obesity in Malta.