Dr. Hasan Shanawani is the current president of AMHP. His current position is at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Senior Health/ Medicare Advantage, as their Medical Director for Clinical Performance Improvement. Dr. Shanawani has a career interest and extensive training and experience in systems-based practice, health policy, quality improvement, clinical informatics and patient safety. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical care, and clinical informatics.
Before starting medical school, Dr. Shanawani served as an assistant to the chief of staff of the Maryland State Governor, providing data-Dr.iven solutions to key policy priorities to the then governor of MD. He completed his medical school and an MPH in Epidemiology and Refugee Health at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. After medical school, Dr. Shanawani completed a one-year civilian fellowship at the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (USA-CHPPM), part of the US Army Medical Command, where he worked on disease outbreak management, and on supply chain management and delivery of vaccines and chemical defense supplies to deployed US Army soldiers in Kuwait and Kosovo. Dr. Shanawani completed his residency and chief residency at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), in Cleveland, OH, and his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine, as well as health ethics and policy, at Duke University in Durham, NC. Dr. Shanawani has a long history in medical and religious ethics. He has published numerous articles on end-of-life care, Islamic Bioethics, and conscientious objection to medical procedures. He served on the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA)’s ethics committee and was an author of their 2005 “Medical Ethics from an Islamic Perspective” statement. He also served on the American Thoracic Society’s Ethics and Conflict-of-Interest Committee. Since 1998, Dr. Shanawani has served veterans either in training or as a practicing physician, caring for veterans at least part time for 17 of the last 18 years. He was site faculty for the VA’s National Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety (CRQS) program and joined the VA’s National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) in 2015. In 2017 he served as the VA’s deputy CMIO for quality and safety in their Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization. Although leaving the VA Central Office in January 2020, he continues to serve Veterans in their national Tele-ICU program.
Shady Shebak graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2008 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. He went to medical school at the American University of the Caribbean and received his Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree in 2013. He trained in general psychiatry at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Michigan State University. He is board certified in general and adolescent psychiatry, as well as addiction medicine. He has extensive inpatient and outpatient clinical psychiatric training and experience. His career interests include treating adolescents and young adults, mood disorders, and personality disorders. He is also interested in culturally appropriate mental health care and advocacy, and is involved in several grassroots and academic advocacy efforts. He has presented at several regional and national academic conferences on topics including, but not limited to cultural competency, narrative learning theory, and medical education. Dr. Shebak has published several peer reviewed papers, ranging from research, review articles, and case reports. He actively teaches medical students, and has a faculty appointment with Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, and serves as core faculty for the Garden City Hospital Neurology Department. He recently opened Core Psych, PLLC, a private practice psychiatric clinic in Dearborn, MI.
Zaiba Malik is a practicing Ophthalmologist in the Dayton area. She has been serving as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Surgery Department at Wright State University School of Medicine since 2008. She participates in the global health education advisory, the scholarship in medicine, and the medical school admissions committees. In addition to her clinical role, she is interested in curriculum development in post-secondary education, with extensive experience in student learning, curriculum design, and outcome assessment. She is passionate about global health and conducts yearly health camps mostly partnering with NGOs to provide cataract surgery to economically underserved areas. She is on faculty at University of Dayton teaching global health and senior capstone courses for the pre medicine department.
Zaiba has a long history with youth development work (primarily MYNA) and mentor and coaches students to find passion in their strengths. She has lectured nationally and internationally on sustainable global health, professional development, networking, and time management.
Dr. Atif Adam is a public health scientist with over 10 years’ experience in clinical modeling and systems approaches. He holds joint faculty appointments in the Dept. of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on utilizing systems thinking approaches to better understand (and model) obesity-associated chronic disease epidemiology, healthy aging, and multi-scale health resiliency (esp. among minority populations). Dr. Adam is also Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Rose — a mental health startup leveraging artificial intelligence to simplify the process for patients to seek and receive mental health care.
Dr. Adam’s work experience spans the US and international sectors, including work as a system scientist at the Johns Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center and as a Research Fellow with Johns Hopkins ARAMCO Healthcare Collaborative (JHAH).
Dr.Adam completed his Ph.D. in Health Systems from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus on Systems Science and Chronic Disease modeling. His awarded Ph.D. work utilized geographic information systems (GIS) to understand socio-environmental obesity dynamics and leveraged a life-course-obesity computational model to evaluate the potential clinical and economic impact of obesity interventions throughout the lifespan.
Dr. Adam is trained in internal medicine and has practiced in India, England, and the UAE. He also earned an MPH in health policy and spatial epidemiology at Loma Linda University.
Dr. Rukhsana M. Chaudhry is the Director of Mental Health Programming for the American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP). In this role, she has developed several mental health advocacy and educational initiatives, including the "Muslim Youth Identity" series in which American Muslim speakers delivered TED-style talks about combating stereotypes and prejudice. She spearheaded and convened the first-ever National Interfaith Anti-bullying summit with steering committee partners in December of 2017. Dr. Chaudhry also serves as a senior clinical psychologist and faculty member with the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, a trauma-focused institute with a culturally diverse patient population in Washington D.C. In 2019, she established the first asylum and human rights clinic in the Department of Professional Psychology in her role as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University. In 2016, she received the Leadership recognition award for service in Mental Health Programming by the Muslim Mental Health Conference and Michigan State Univeristy Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Chaudhry received her Doctorate from the George Washington University in 2010. She completed her postgraduate training at Harvard University's Global Mental Health Program specializing in Trauma and Recovery.
Bilal holds the Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, and the Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University in the City of New York. He has a background in substance abuse prevention and intervention science, and practices clinical, research and policy based social work.
Passionate about connecting people and bridging gaps within the community, Saima choses to work as a management professional in the BioPharma industry where she provides healthcare professionals with tools to enhance patient care. Saima obtained her B.S. in Biotechnology Clinical Sciences and a M.S. in Cancer Pathology from SUNY Buffalo. Saima’s drive to promote a strong image of Islam has led her to work with many organizations such as ICNA, Why-Islam and the AlMaghrib Institute where she holds the position of Vice Ameerah and IMPACT Lead of the Nurayn Chapter.
Saima’s expertise in effective communication & charismatic leadership has led her to successfully dedicate her time as a youth counselor as well as a Lead Teacher for ADAMS YMES program. Her desire to provide a place where creative interactivity flourishes and her love of mentoring, both children and adults alike, is what brings her to AMHP. She lives by the motto “Every miniature optimistic effort matters”. Saima can be reached at ProfessionalDev@amhp.us.
Sana Syed joined AMHP as the Director of Government Relations in 2018 and is now appointed as a Health Policy & Advocacy Director. Sana is a neurologist and works as a Medical Director at EMD Serono in Boston. She completed her neurology residency training at Boston University Medical Center and her fellowship trainings in Demyelinating Disorders and Cognitive Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She also completed a Clinical Translational Research Fellowship with Pfizer while working at Tufts Medical Center as an Assistant Professor of Neurology. She graduated from King Edward Medical College and holds a Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. During her training Sana was actively engaged in lobbying for healthcare reform with the American Academy of Neurology and the Committee of Interns and Residents. Sana also writes for the Huffington Post, and her writings are inspired by her background in public health. Sana can be reached at GovernmentRelations@amhp.us
Afroz moved to Chicago from his hometown of New York City. In addition to AMHP, he has years of extensive leadership experience in organizations such as the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Students for Health (SFH), Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). He has worked on chapter development, membership, programming, fundraising, and advocacy.
Afroz received his Bachelor of Science from CUNY Brooklyn College, Doctorate of Medicine from Windsor University School of Medicine and MBA in Healthcare Management from Davenport University. He has worked in medical education at his alma mater, Windsor University as well as health education with Northwest Suburban College. Afroz is involved with consulting in clinical education and digital health as well. Currently, Afroz is working in the quality department of the Advocate Aurora Health System.
In his spare time, Afroz works as a background actor in movies/television shows, is active within the political community, enjoys attending summer festivals and traveling. He has served on the AMHP board of directors, leading membership and chapter development. He looks forward to working with AMHP leadership to lead the advisory board as chair and work on the many initiatives of the organization. Afroz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ishak Hossain promotes advocacy for all and engages with work in which he has the opportunity to empower communities and create tangible change. His hometown is Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he takes great pride in his alma mater, Booker T. Washington High School. Ishak then attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he served as President of the Muslim Students Association, Founder of the Interfaith Alliance, and a Resident Advisor. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology: Global Health and Environment, he took a position with the Missouri Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. As Chapter Development Coordinator, he focuses on long-term initiatives to improve the longevity of the organization. In his free time, Ishak enjoys playing, watching, and refereeing soccer. In order to carry out his mission to empower communities and affect individuals, Ishak looks forward to attending medical school and pursuing a career where advocacy and medicine converge to generate healthy outcomes. Ishak can be reached at email@example.com.
Arshia Wajid is the Founder and Board Member of American Muslim Health Professionals a national non-profit organization focused on empowerment of health professionals seeking to advance public health, social justice, and civic engagement within their communities. In February 2015, she was invited along with 13 other American-Muslim leaders to meet with President Obama at a private roundtable at the White House, to discuss contributions of Muslim health professionals.
Arshia’s personal interest in global health has led her to volunteer with medical relief missions in Haiti, Bangladesh, India, Jordan and Ecuador. Arshia received a bachelor’s degree in History and a master’s degree in Business Administration and Public Health from University of Illinois and completed a fellowship in Hospital Administration at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York.
Arshia has shared her professional experience at various healthcare conferences and is a visionary activist, dedicated to transforming healthcare both locally and nationally. She is a fellow at the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute and an ambassador for Women’s Empowerment Campaign. Arshia is a recipient of the 2018 Muslim Women’s Alliance Inspiring Woman Award and has been featured in the Chicago Sun Times, CBS Chicago News and U.S. Department of State’s ShareAmerica platform. Arshia can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tayyab Yunus is the founder, CEO of Intuitive IT Solutions Inc., a firm dedicated to reinventing the customer experience in healthcare. Mr. Yunus is also a partner with AltaPoint Data Systems, LLC and Xynapx Inc. With over 20 years of experience, he is responsible for developing strategic initiatives for long term sustainability while providing guidance and resources for short term execution, but also engages as a resource across global teams to increase success of strategic plans.
Tayyab’s aim has always been focused and aligned with his perspective on Personal Development and Life Improvement of all those around him. He believes in not just acquiring knowledge and skills, his entire journey has been to contribute towards the bigger picture of giving back to the Community. Tayyab’s career journey began at the age of 17 when he was based in Gainesville, Florida, he was surrounded by mentors and teachers, and it was then when he became one of the founders of a community youth group. Two years later, he ended up as the National President and decided to move to Chicago. Over the course of another two years, Tayyab gained insight, resources, and the expertise to finally initiate his Business. Intuitive IT Solutions came into being in the year 2002, as a dedicated IT, Consulting, and Software Service Provider for Healthcare Practitioners. Over the period of 15 years, Intuitive Solutions has developed 3 mature divisions including Revenue Cycle Management, Scribe and Technology Solutions. With offices in India and Philippines, the Intuitive Global Family caters to a clientele of over 2,500 healthcare providers.
Sister Simone Campbell is the Executive Director of NETWORK – a national group of social justice advocates inspired by Catholic Sisters that lobbies in D.C. to mend the gaps in income and wealth in the U.S. She has led four cross-country “Nuns on the Bus” trips, focused on economic justice, comprehensive immigration reform, voter turnout, and (most recently) bridging divides in politics and society. She wrote the famous “Nuns’ Letter,” considered by many as critically important in convincing Congress to support the Affordable Care Act, and is the author of “A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can
Create Hope, Change, and Community,” published by HarperCollins. She has received numerous awards, spoke at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and has appeared on 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change.
Rehan Dawer is an advocate for social innovation and growth. Guided both by his compassion for humanity and a deep conviction for a purpose driven life, Rehan founded Ethica Global Alliance. As a Principal of Valuebridge International; advisory firm helping companies create sustainable value through social entrepreneurial ventures, he has built several companies.
Among those include Guidance Financial Group (the largest unique minority finance company in the US); Buttonwood Financial – financial advisory firm; Novastar Group – dedicated to delivering a higher standard of educational services. As an active member of the philanthropic community, Rehan has served and currently serves on several boards, including the Buxton Initiative, a non-profit sponsored in part by the Steve Case Foundation; Board member – Communities in Schools, Board Member – ADAMS Compassionate Healthcare Network, Board member Leadership Council – Convergence: Center for Policy Resolution.
Prior to forming Ethica, he has held several executive positions with various blue-chip multi-national companies such as Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and American Express. Rehan built his academic foundation at University of Maryland and Georgetown University and holds degrees in Finance, Marketing, International Business Management, and Certificates in Senior Executive Leadership Management and Leadership Coaching.
Saba brings 20 years of industry experience where she has held various organizational and regional leadership roles as Partner or Senior Vice President with marque benefit consulting firms and most currently with a Fortune 50 health plan. Her experience spans from Chicago to Tampa to Washington D.C., where her responsibilities included, but were not limited to, P&L accountability and growth, people management, and women in leadership initiatives.
She is health care strategist for Fortune 500 companies. She is passionate about total population health, understands the emerging trends of value based care and has been known to introduce innovative disruptors to her clients. Saba has a Master’s in Health Services Administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH and a Bachelor’s in Business Management from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. She is a native of Tampa, FL and currently resides in Northern Virginia. In her spare time, Saba enjoys running and traveling.
Mazen Asbahi is a partner at the law firm of McDonald Hopkins. Mazen specializes in the areas of Health Care, Corporate and Nonprofit Law. He maintains a national practice and serves clients that include physicians, dentists, and other healthcare providers, healthcare and non-healthcare related businesses, entrepreneurs and investors. Mazen also provides counsel to a variety of nonprofit organizations on matters ranging from their day-to-day operations to governance and regulatory matters. Mazen is an honors graduate of both the University of Michigan and the Northwestern University School of Law.
Ghazala Salam is the Executive Director at AMHP, a role in which she combines her unique blend of nonprofit, community and government relations experience to manage National American Muslim Health Professionals. She is responsible to build and implement strategic plans expanding AMHP’s capacity and assuring the organization’s long-term sustainability, while overseeing growth of AMHP’s core areas of focus on mental health, advocacy and professional development. Ghazala Salam has an extensive background in promoting diversity, improving cross-cultural understanding and breaking down racial barriers and stereotypes. She brings to the job a passion for mobilizing advocacy efforts through broadening relationships, influencing public attitudes and policies to create a more socially just society guided by the vision of human rights. In 2015, the Florida Commission on the Status of Women recognized Ghazala with a FCSW Florida Achievement Award for her work in improving the lives of women and families in Florida. Ghazala has learned from the ground up the importance of collaboration, education and the power of public support and understanding, including serving as the Founder and President of the Muslim Caucus of America. Her strength lies in her ability to build collaborative relationships that inspire trust and promote advocacy. Ghazala’s zeal for serving under- represented communities has been demonstrated by years of working with diverse populations. She was inducted into Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame by the Women’s history Coalition in 2016. Ghazala can be reached at email@example.com
Iman Jandali discovered her passion for public health as an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. She later decided to pursue an MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with an emphasis in Health Behavior and Society. Upon graduating from Hopkins, she decided to move back to her hometown of Berkeley, California, where she worked as a Program Support Specialist for a global health nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing access to essential medicines and services for women and girls in developing countries. Iman joined AMHP in September 2015 with the hopes of bridging her passion for public health and serving the Muslim community. Iman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lujain Al-Khawi is the advocacy intern, working alongside government leaders, community activists, and members of the American-Muslim community in promoting healthcare access to all Americans. In the past, Lujain has participated alongside many lobbying and advocacy groups within healthcare and social justice legislation. She also organized a Muslim youth symposium at the Minnesota state capitol where she coordinated a mock legislative session in which the high school students participated. She has published a lot of articles in various print and online media organizations on the topics of social justice and current events. Lujain is currently a biomedical engineering student at the George Washington University with industry internship, academic research, and teaching experiences in biomedical & electrical engineering. After graduation, Lujain hopes to enter the medical devices industry. However, she hopes to always be involved within healthcare advocacy because she thrives on working for the benefit of all healthcare patients. Her motto is, “If my work positively impacts a patient’s life, I have so much motivation to accomplish my work.” She can be reached at email@example.com.
Maha Madi received her Master of Health Services Administration, with a focus on health policy and management, from the University of Kansas Medical Center in May of 2018. Prior to completing her masters, Maha obtained her BA in Psychology from Wichita State University in May 2016. During her time at Wichita State she was an undergraduate research assistant in a human factors lab that focused on improving inefficient processes in the medical field. From that experience her passion for improving the current state of healthcare in the United States was ignited. Currently, Maha is completing an Administrative Fellowship at Rochester Regional Health in Rochester, NY. As she embarks on her career, Maha plans to leverage what she has learned from her education to continue to improve the inefficiencies that exist within the system. In addition she hopes to bring awareness to the importance of improved healthcare policies in order to address current disparities that exist. As Development Coordinator for AMHP, Maha is given the opportunity to connect with community members as they support AMHP’s endeavors. Maha can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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