IMI's 9th International Conference

TAQI—Translation, Application, and Quality In medicine

Presenters List

Dr. A. Maziar Zafari - MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA

Emory University School of Medicine

Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Training Program

Dr. A. Maziar Zafari is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Cardiovascular Training Program at Emory University School of Medicine. After spending his childhood and adolescence in Iran, he returned to Germany in 1979 where he graduated from Hainberg Gymnasium in Göttingen. Dr. Zafari attended from 1981-1990 University of Cologne's (Universität zu Köln) School of Medicine and College of Philososophy for his combined studies in medicine and history of medicine. Subsequently, he moved to the United States to complete his residency training in Internal Medicine/Primary Care at Yale University. During this period he spent three months at the National Institutes of Health, working in the research laboratory of Dr. William C. Roberts on the role of coronary calcium deposition in coronary atherosclerosis. From 1993 to 1994 he was Chief Medical Resident for the Yale University Primary Care Program and an Instructor at Yale School of Medicine. In 1994 he began a two-year research fellowship in vascular biology working in the laboratory of Dr. Kathy K. Griendling characterizing the role of the vascular NAD(P)H oxidase in angiotensin II-induced vascular growth, followed by two years of clinical training in general cardiology at Emory University School of Medicine. In 1998 he joined the Cardiology Faculty at Emory University and the Atlanta VA Medical Center in the rank of Assistant Professor and has focused on investigating the role of genetic markers in the development and progression of cardiovascular diseases. In 2004 Dr. Zafari was appointed Director of the Cardiovascular Training Program at Emory, and advanced to the rank of Associate Professor in 2005. In addition to publication of scientific contributions and review articles in peer-reviewed journals, he has served as editor of the Hospital Physician Cardiology Board Review Manuals, has coauthored a review of Internal Medicine, and has published prose and poetry in the United States and abroad. Since becoming a faculty member at Emory in 1998, Dr. Zafari has been on staff at the Division of Cardiology at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He has actively participated in the expansion of the clinical enterprise at the VA Medical Center, where he performs cardiac catheterization, echocardiography and follows patients on the inpatient services as well as in the General Cardiology, Heart Failure, and Post-Heart Transplant Clinics. In 2003 he was recognized in the “Guide to America’s Top Physicians” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America in Washington, DC. As Chairman of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Committee at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, he led a team of healthcare providers in a comprehensive trial to improve clinical outcomes of patients suffering in-hospital cardiac arrest. This quality improvement trial resulted in significant improvement in clinical outcomes, and is cited in the updated 2005 Emergency Cardiovascular Care and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Guidelines published by the America Heart Association and the European Society of Cardiology. Dr. Zafari has been actively involved in teaching medical students in following courses and examinations: Sophomore Clinical Methods, Junior Oral Examinations at Grady Memorial Hospital and the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Current Mechanisms in Cardiovascular Disease: From Bench to the Bedside, and the M3 Teaching Course. He has mentored more than 20 residents and fellows in clinical and translational research, and has received teaching awards by cardiology fellows and the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program at Emory. Since January 2003 he has served as the Series Editor for the Hospital Physician Cardiology Board Review Manuals, a bimonthly publication with a nationwide circulation of 20,000, which provides state-of-the-art reviews in various subjects in cardiovascular medicine. Dr Zafari has also coauthored a medical textbook designed for medical students preparing for their final examinations in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. This review is now in its 6th edition and is published in Germany. From 2004 to 2013 he was the Director of Emory's Cardiovascular Training Program, the largest cardiovascular training program in the United States with dedicated basic scientist, clinical investigator and clinician educator tracks. His accomplishments include further enriching of the Cardiovascular Training Program at Emory by establishing dedicated research tracks in clinical and translational research, and expansion of subspecialty training in Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging, Heart Failure/Transplantation and in Adult Congenital Heart Disease. As Director, Zafari was committed to balancing educational and research-oriented activities with patient care in a manner that attracted the brightest fellows to Emory. Dr. Zafari practices general cardiology at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, taking care of patients with chronic heart failure in his weekly Heart Failure Clinic as well as supervising cardiology fellows biweekly in the Atlanta VAMC's Cardiology Clinics. In addition, he performs and supervises diagnostic cardiac catheterization and supervises and reads transthoracic, stress and transesophageal echocardiography studies as well as exercise testing at the Atlanta VAMC. Dr. Zafari is the Chairman of the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Committee at the Atlanta VAMC as well as the Director of the Coronary Care Unit.

Dr. Azmat Husain - MD

Howard University Hospital

Director of Emergency Room Dept

Dr. Azmat Husain, MD is the Director of the Emergency Room Department at Howard University Hospital in Washington DC. Dr. Azmat Husain is an emergency medicine doctor in Baltimore, Maryland and is also affiliated with St. Agnes Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine and has been in practice for 5 years.

Dr. Farheen Shirazi - MD

UCLA Health


Dr. Farheen Shirazi earned her medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at New York University Medical Center and residency in Internal Medicine at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. She completed fellowship training in Cardiovascular Disease at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she remained on the faculty and helped launch the Emory Women’s Heart Center. Dr. Shirazi has spent time volunteering at various free clinics and women’s shelters. Her clinical interests are in women’s cardiovascular health and general and preventive cardiology.

Dr. Fatima Naqvi - MD

Saint Peter’s University Hospital

Division Director OB/GYN, the Associate Residency Program Director, & Faculty Physician

Dr. Fatima Naqvi is a physician, teacher, and role model. She is a board certified OB/GYN with over a decade of experience with women's health issues. She currently serves as the Division Director OB/GYN, the Associate Residency Program Director, and a Faculty Physician at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. She is also a Fellow with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. Naqvi’s commitment to patient care, education, and social service have earned her many accolades. Most recently, she received the Physician Partnership Award in 2015 and the 2014 CREOG National Faculty Award for Excellence in Resident Education. In 2014, she headed to Iraq with Imamia Medics International’s Annual Arbaeen Mission, treating thousands of patients over the course of three weeks. Dr. Naqvi completed her undergraduate studies at Marymount University in New York City and graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York in 2004. She completed her residency at Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, serving as Chief Resident in 2004. After residency, she spent five years in private practice with Pike Creek Associates in Women Care in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Naqvi then moved to New Jersey, where she now lives with her husband and three kids.


College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

Council Member


Mr. Hamad Shirazi - B.S. Ed., ACSM certification


Holistic Health Practitioner

Hamad Shirazi is a Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in strength and performance. Hamad holds a B.S. Ed. in Exercise & Sport Science from the University of Georgia and is completing a M.S. Ed. in Exercise Physiology at the University of Miami. Additionally, he is certified by the ACSM as a Personal Trainer and trained at the C.H.E.K Institute as a Holistic Lifestyle, Nutrition, and Exercise Coach. Hamad’s breadth of experience spans multiple professional certifications, as well as leadership roles within wellness and fitness businesses across Miami, Florida. He relies on a holistic, comprehensive system for training that balances wellness, fitness, and athletics to optimize strength and performance. Hamad prioritizes mind, body, and spiritual wellness with the goal of encouraging a healthy integration of these domains into our lives.

Mr. Jamil Rizvi - .

Aviation & Aircrafts Maintenance Colleg

Professor & Aerospace Engineer

S. Jamil H. Rizvi has over 30 years in Aviation & Aircrafts Maintenance College in Aero Space Engineering and Aircraft Maintenance Technology He is also one of the Founding fathers of Islamic Jafferia Association (IJA) the oldest Shia center in South Florida President of IJA, especial interest in Sunday School, youth club, one of the founders of Muslim Youth Club of Florida that is joint venture between three Shia Muslim center of South Florida to prepare great young leaders. Mr. Rizvi is also one of the Directors of COSMOS (Coalition of South Florida Muslims) that reaches out to media, universities, all political leaders, works with CAIR, Local law informant agencies and prepares our students for SATs and holds college prep seminars.

Dr. Karar Ali - MD

Orlando Veteran's Medical Center; University of Central Florida, College of Medicine

Faculty in Internal Medicine & Palliative Care & Associate Professor

Dr. Sayed K. Ali currently serves as faculty in internal medicine and palliative care at the Orlando Veteran’s Medical Center, Florida. He is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. A recipient of the United States Army Health Professions Scholarship, he received his BA and MD from State University of New York at Stony Brook and later completed his residency in Internal Medicine at North Shore University Hospital, Long Island, New York. Dr. Ali has an extensive military history. He previously served in Iraq as a Chief Battalion Surgeon in 2007-2008 and the Chief of Medicine at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait in 2013. His military awards include a Bronze Star and a Combat Medical Badge. He is heavily involved in graduate medical education (GME), teaching both residents and students, as well as assisting with research projects, abstracts and peer reviewed publications. He has a special interest in arts in medicine. Dr. Ali lives in Orlando with his wife and two boys.

Miss. Laila Abdelaziz - .

CAIR Florida

Legislative & Government Affairs Director

Laila is responsible for advancing CAIR Florida's mission and vision in Florida's municipal, county, and state governments and to establish better understanding and stronger relationships between Florida's Muslim American community and the elected leaders who represent and serve them. Previously, Laila served as Emerge USA's Tampa Bay Regional Director. Between 2011 and 2014, Laila held many roles at Emerge USA, where she managed the organization's Emerging Leaders program and represented the Muslim American community in Tallahassee during legislative session. In 2012, Laila was appointed by the City of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn to serve on the City of Tampa Human Rights Board. Laila prides herself in being a community organizer and is involved in various community and political organizations and campaigns. She enjoys reading and reflective writing and has been published in various state and national news outlets and publications. She was born in Ramallah, Palestine to a Palestinian father and Russian mother and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.

Dr. M. Takki Momin - MD

Atlanta Vascular Surgery, DeKalb Medical Physicians Group

Vascular Surgeon

Dr. Takki Momin is an American Board of Surgery certified Vascular & Endovascular Surgeon with Atlanta Vascular Surgery, DeKalb Medical Physicians Group. He completed his bachelor’s degree in chemistry with highest honors at Georgia Tech and his doctorate from Emory University. His specialty training is in vascular and endovascular surgery which he completed at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Momin’s focus is on compassionate, meticulous care of his patients and offers the latest techniques in open and endovascular surgery.

Mr. Mehdi Hasan - Oxford University

Al Jazeera

Award-winning Presenter

Mehdi Hasan is the award-winning presenter of 'UpFront' and 'Head to Head' on Al Jazeera English. He is the author of two books, the former political director of The Huffington Post UK and a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Guardian. Mehdi has been included in the annual list of the 500 'most influential' Muslims in the world and his Oxford Union speech on Islam and peace went viral in 2013, amassing more than two million views online. Born and raised in the UK, and educated at Oxford, he is now based in Washington D.C.

Mrs. Minaz Sherazee - .


Senior Vice-President and Client Experience Head (former)

Minaz Sherazee recently returned to the United States from Dubai, UAE, where she held the prestigious position of Senior Vice-President and Client Experience Head at Citibank. Minaz started her banking career in New York working with Chase, Citibank and Astoria Federal Savings Bank in various capacities. Having worked in different capacities, she brings a gamut of leadership experience in Client Relationship, Cash Operations, Investment & Insurance, Retail Banking, Customer Service & Quality, Call Center, Telesales and Retention. She is also involved in various social causes like CitiWomen, Trained Coach, Mentor, Breast Cancer Awareness, American Business Council, Philippine Flood Relief, Bring your Sons and Daughters to Work Day, Charity, Annual Global Community Volunteer, JIBA, International Women’s Day and Injaz. Minaz also enjoy spending time in the golf course, playing badminton and engage in a lot of outdoor activities that help her maintain a healthy social milieu.

Dr. Mohammad Shenasa - MD, FACC

Heart and Rhythm Medical Group & the Department of Cardiovascular Services at O’Connor Hospital

Founder, Physician

Dr. Mohammad Shenasa graduated from University of Tehran, Faculty of Medicine in 1975 and was awarded a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. In 1977 Dr. Shenasa went to Guy’s Hospital, University of London as a senior house officer. Dr. Shenasa then returned to the United States and completed his fellowship (1979-1982) in Cardiology and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at Mount Sinai Medical Center at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He stayed on as an assistant professor of medicine until 1982. Dr. Shenasa then took a position as Professor of Medicine and Surgery and was the Director of Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Shenasa took a sabbatical as a visiting professor to the University of Munster, Germany (1990-1992). He is currently at the Department of Cardiovascular Services at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose California and is the founder of the Heart and Rhythm Medical Group. He is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, American Heart Association, European Society of Cardiology, and the Heart rhythm Society. He has served as a chairperson and speaker of many societies. Dr. Shenasa is a reviewer for many cardiology journals and has published extensively in a variety of subjects related to heart rhythm disorders. His current interests include atrial fibrillation, catheter ablation, and rhythm management devices. He has lectured nationally and internationally on many topics related to cardiology. He is the senior editor of Cardiac Mapping, which is an electrophysiology textbook; the newest edition of which was just released in 2013. The next edition is in preparation for 2017. He is a guest editor of Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics for the September 2014 issue, and also for September 2015, and also June 2016.

Dr. Mustafa Husain - MD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Vice Chair for Faculty, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Internal Medicine, Lydia Bryant Test distinguished Professor in Psychiatry Research, Director of the Neuromodulation Research & Therapeutics Program (NRTP)

Dr. Mustafa M. Husain currently is Vice Chair for Faculty, Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Internal Medicine, Lydia Bryant Test distinguished Professor in Psychiatry Research, Director of the Neuromodulation Research & Therapeutics Program (NRTP), at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Prior to rejoining UTSW he was Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Senior Fellow at the Center of Aging, Investigator at the Brain Stimulation Research Lab and Member, Duke Institute of Brain Sciences. Dr. Husain graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. He received his initial training in the United States at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. He completed his residency at the USC, SC and continued his research and geriatric fellowships at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. Dr Husain has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in national and international scientific journals, authored several book chapters, including chapter on ECT and Other Neurostimulation Therapies in the ninth edition of the Kaplan and Saddock’s Text Book of General Psychiatry. He currently serves as a reviewer for major professional journals. He is on the Editorial Board of J.ECT and Triage Editor for J.AAGP. Dr Husain is involved in training, education, and research in general psychiatry; aging and geriatric issues; and novel treatments for major depressive disorder, including magnetic stimulation therapy, vagus nerve stimulation and deep brain stimulation. He has received several federally funded grants, Foundation Supported Studies, and collaborative International Research Organization studies.. Dr. Husain has received several National and International awards. He was Distinguished Visiting Professor at University of Hawaii, Duke University-NUS Singapore and recently invited to Oxford University, UK as distinguished Lecturer. He has served as Grant Reviewer on NIMH study sections, NIMH Conte Centers review panels, Welcome Trust, London, UK and Canadian Alcohol and Mental Health (CAMH) Grant Reviews.

Dr. Nadeem Hussain - MD

Middlesex Gastroenterology Associates


Dr. Nadeem Hussain is board certified in Gastroenterology/Hepatology / Nutrition and practices with Middlesex Gastroenterology Associates in Middletown, Connecticut. He received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Washington Hospital Center in Washington D.C. and fellowship training in Gastroenterology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and the NIH in Bethesda, MD. He also spent five years taking care of military and family members in the US Air Force. Along with general gastroenterology and hepatology and nutrition, his areas of special interest include obesity, liver diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, endosonography and GI cancer staging, nutrition and bone disorders, fecal microbiota transplantation, medicolegal issues in GI and hepatology, and small bowel capsule endoscopy.

Mrs. Nafees Husain - RN, BSN, OCN

Dr. Phillips Hospital

Registered Nurse with Oncology Certification


Dr. Nausheen Abbas - MD


Comprehensive Ophthalmologist

Dr. Nausheen Abbas is an ophthalmologist. She received her medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed her residency at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Abbas has served as a mentor to students and young professionals and actively provides career guidance through IMI for young student exploring options in healthcare.

Dr. Naveed Hussain - MBBS, MD, DCH

University of Connecticut School of Medicine & Connecticut Children's NICU, University of Connecticut Health Center

Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Director of Neonatal Research

Dr. Hussain is the Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology at the Univeristy of Connecticut, School of Medicine and the Director of Neonatal Research and Neonatologist at the Connecticut Children's NICU at University of Connecticut Health Center. Dr. Hussain received his DCH at Osmania Medical College in 1987 and completed his residency and fellowship in Neonatal/Perinatal Medicine at the University of Connecticut. He is currently also the Attending Neonatologist at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Dr. Saatiah Jaffry - MD

Davita Dialysis

Medical Director

Dr. Saatiah Jaffry is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. She practices Nephrology in Florida. She is a medical graduate of Aga Khan University, Pakistan. She did her Internal Medicine Residency from University of Connecticut and her Nephrology Fellowship through University of Massachusetts. She has been published in multiple publications. She has presented talks in medical conferences. In her practice she manages both acute and chronic kidney disease, hypertension, peritoneal dialysis and hemodialysis.

Miss. Sarah Naqvi - BA

HMSHost International Inc.

Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Sarah Naqvi is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at HMSHost Corporation. She is a technology professional with over two decades of experience spanning the entire gamut of technologies. Sarah Joined HMSHost in 2000 as Sr. Director of Information Systems. During her tenure at HMSHost, she has held several positions leading many technology initiatives, including implementation of enterprise software solutions (PeopleSoft, SAP, Oracle POS), Networks, Data Centers, Collaboration Solutions, Mobility, Cloud Solutions, Information Security, PCI Compliance, Business Innovation and International Business Expansion. As a CIO, Sarah works closely with the Board in aligning IT organization with the business, driving innovation, minimizing risk, and posturing technology as an enabler for business transformation. It is this passion which led HMSHost being awarded ‘Technology Accelerator of the Year in 2015’ by FSTech. On the personal front, Sarah was named a finalist in 2014 for ‘Chief Information Office / Chief Technology Officer of the Year’. The first Innovation Center (ImagineIT) opened under her leadership received many accolades including a recognition as the ‘Image of the Week’ by the Moodie Report. Sarah has been an active speaker across forums and her key interests are in the areas of business transformation, technology innovation, and technology / business alignment. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Maryland University College.

Dr. Sarwat Hussain - MD

UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus



Dr. Shakeela Shah - MD

Kaiser Medical Center


With more than 30 years’ experience, Dr. Shakeela Shah, MD, has been working as a Hospitalist for the last 8 years in Kaiser Medical Center. Dr. Shah has wanted to be a doctor from the time when she was just a kid. Studying medicine and practicing it for decades has strengthened her conviction to do her best to provide high-quality medical care with a human touch. Family, respect, honesty, hard work, and dedication are core values that she strives to implement in her personal and professional life. As a hospital physician specializing in internal medicine, Dr. Shah works closely with the hospital team (physician consultants, nurses, case managers, etc.) to help ensure that the care and comfort they provide patients is of a high quality. She likes to implement her core values of dedication, respect, and honesty in the work environment as well. She also likes to establish good communication between her patients, their families, and the hospital team.

Mr. Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer - Masters


Islamic Scholar

Upon growing up in Long Island, New York, and experiencing the modern challenges young Muslims face in the United States, Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffer began to pursue his path in Islamic academia and activism. Faiyaz Jaffer attained a BA Degree from SUNY Stony Brook University, after completing his education in Political Science and Religious Studies, under the supervision of the renowned scholar in Islamic Studies, William Chittick. Furthermore, he has recently completed his MA degree in Islamic Studies (UK), with his dissertation entitled, "The Role of Lamentation Poetry in Preserving the Karbala Narrative During the Imami Period," and has had some of his research published by academic journals. Sheikh Faiyaz pursued classical Islamic Studies for several years in the Islamic Seminary of the Holy City of Karbala, near the shrine of the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Imam Hussain. Sheikh Faiyaz has lectured at various universities, seminars, and workshops including Islamic centers across the United States, Canada, Europe, East Africa, and the Middle East. Furthermore, he engages in research at the Islamic Research Institute in New York. He is currently working closely with the young members and future leaders of the community by leading discussions for the Al-Qaim Youth Group. Sheikh Faiyaz has been making strides in the New York area by taking part in a number of interfaith seminars and discussions in the aspiration of increasing dialogue with various faith leaders.

Mrs. Sunmbal Raza - .


Senior IT Service Management Specialist

Sunmbal Raza brings over 15 years of IT experience in various roles, with her new focus on continuous improvement and implementation of IT Service Management best practices, and root cause analysis within the Problem Management area. Her job experience spans such companies as Mizuho, Goldman Sachs, Barclays, and currently at TIAA-CREF. Sunmbal Raza has demonstrated an extraordinary personal commitment to serving the community with her affiliation with the Masoomeen School for the last 25 years. Her focus is to teach young children how to be good Muslims, and Humans, through examples of exemplary morals and etiquettes taught to us by the Prophet Muhammad and his family. Sunmbal actively participates in several programs to help the underprivileged and homeless communities in New York City through such programs as City Harvest, who are dedicated to feed the nearly 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger, and Muslims Against Hunger, an effort to mobilize and educate the community about the problems of hunger, poverty, and homelessness in North America.

Dr. Syed Furqan Zaidi - MD

Radiology Associates of Canton (RAC) & RadHelp, LLC

President & CEO

Syed F. Zaidi, MD is the President of Radiology Associates of Canton (RAC) and Chief Executive Officer of RadHelp, LLC. He has been nationally recognized as an innovator in radiology co-management services and radiology population management strategies. Dr. Zaidi is a leader in implementing Imaging 3.0™ and utilizing radiology search and analytics. He has worked closely with the Radiology Leadership Institute to host Imaging 3.0 ™ Symposia and worked towards elevating the role of the radiologist in patient care. Dr. Zaidi is a graduate of Mount Sinai School of Medicine and did his diagnostic Radiology residency training at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He then completed his subspecialty Vascular and Interventional Fellowship training at Yale University before joining Radiology Associates of Canton in 2007. He and his wife, Mehdia, along with their daughter Maira make their home in Cleveland Ohio.

Mr. Syed Shabeer Kirmani - M.S., PMP


Data Scientist, Public Speaker, and Poet

An Award Winning Poet, Public Speaker, Data Scientist, and Activist, Syed Shabeer Kirmani, has a keen ability to communicate and disseminate information & ideas enthusiastically to his respective audience throughout his lectures & talks. Shabeer is active in the Florida community, having served on multiple management committees, as well as teaching & mentoring local youth at institutes throughout the region. Shabeer was co-founder of the Ahlul-Bayt Society at UCF, and served as President and Vice President of the Society. He also Teaches at the Islamic Education Center in Orlando. He has a diverse professional background with work in Finance, Consulting, and Informatics, most recently working as a Data Scientist in the Defense & Space sector. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (UCF), having a Bachelor's in Economics with dual minors in Mathematics & Computer Science, and a Master's in Engineering also from UCF. He is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Shabeer hopes to inspire others to be their best, through his actions & words.

Prof. Syed Shabih Haider Zaidi - FRCS, FACS, FCPS

Imamia Medics International

Global President Elect

The Dean of the American University of Barbados, School of Medicine, Dr. Shabih Haider Zaidi completed his MBBS from Dow Medical College (DMC) in 1966. Following this he proceeded to UK for FRCS. He returned to Pakistan in 1972, and started teaching at his alma mater and rose to be the Professor and head of the department of ENT. He was also Principal of Sindh Medical College, Head of Medical Education, at DMC, Sindh Medical College and Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center until 2001. Over the years, he was awarded Fellowships from of the American College of Surgeons (FACS), International College of Surgeons (FICS), and the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan (FCPS). Dr. Zaidi founded the Department of Medical Education at DMC. Dr. Zaidi has written several books and monographs, and published over a hundred scientific papers. He has also worked as an advisor and a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO), and was a visiting Professor to the University Sains, Kelantan, Malaysia. Dr. Zaidi relocated to England in 2001 where he joined the University of Liverpool Teaching Hospital as an ENT Consultant. In 2004 he joined one of the University of Birmingham teaching NHS hospitals.

Dr. Ulrick Vieux, Jr. - DO, MS

Orange Regional Medical Center

Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program Director of the CL service

Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program Director of the CL service Orange Regional Medical Center

Dr. Yawer Nensey - MD

Florida Gastroenterology Associates



Miss. Zehra Naqvi - JD


Attorney, Community Organizer, & Writer

Zehra Naqvi is an attorney, community organizer, and writer. She has collaborated with a number of organizations on interfaith, intrafaith, and minority-focused initiatives. Zehra has also consulted for non-profit organizations including South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA). While working with SAALT, Zehra helped organize the 2015 Young Leaders Institute and the Be The Change 2015 day of service. While working with UMAA, Zehra organized the UMAAraise leadership development initiative and the UMAAinterfaith initiative. Zehra has also published a number of compelling thought pieces, including “What’s It Like Being Muslim in America?” for the Huffington Post, “Why I’m Shia” for Muharram in Manhattan, and “Having Faith in Interfaith” for While based in New York, Zehra collaborated with local Muslim leaders and New York City officials to address issues of concern for the local Muslim American community including hate crimes and profiling. She has also done multiple presentations at houses of worship, academic institutions, and national conferences, speaking about Islamophobia, community organizing, and interfaith engagement. Zehra is currently based in northern Virginia.