Council

The BIMA Council is the elected body which governs the organisation by shura, in absentia of an Annual General Meeting (AGM) where they are elected. The BIMA Council is responsible for setting the overall strategic vision of BIMA, performance managing the ExCo, and ensuring that our work is carried out in alignment with our values. The Council has four office-bearers: the President, Vice President, General Secretary and Chair, who serve alongside six other Council members. The President can be contacted directly at [email protected].

SHARIF AL-GHAZAL

President

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Sharif was elected as the second BIMA President in 2017 and is currently a consultant plastic, reconstructive & hand surgeon and Plastic Surgery Lead at the Bradford Royal Infirmary. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Leeds and has published several papers and articles on plastic surgery. Sharif has a significant interest in the history of Islamic medicine and has published several articles on this topic. He is also the creator of islamicmedicine.org which lists over 1,000 articles on the subject. He is the founder and executive member of the International Society for History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM), and sits on the scientific editorial board for the Arab Physician Journal.

MUHAMMAD WAJID AKHTER

Vice president

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Dr. Muhammad Wajid Akhter MBBS MRCGP BSc (Hons) MFMLM PgDip (Cardiology) is a GP Principal in Essex and a medical tutor in Social Media and Medicine & History of Medicine at Barts and the London Medical School.

Wajid is on the Editorial Board of MuslimMatters.org and frequently writes on Islamic history for various Muslim blogs. He is also the founder of Charity Week, an international fundraising initiative founded in 2003, which has raised millions of pounds for orphans and needy children across the world.

HAFSAH QURESHI

Council chair, regional events mentor

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Hafsah is the Chair of BIMA Council and a GP registrar in Lincoln. She was heavily involved in her ISoc at the University of Sheffield. Hafsah has led various projects in BIMA, including the theatre hijabs and bare below the elbows project. She loves reading (if she gets any rare spare time with two little ones!) and travelling.

Sabeeta Farooqi

Council, Vice Director Advocacy

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Sabeeta is a GP trainee in Leeds. She completed her MBBS in Pakistan and was a member of the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) before moving to the UK in 2011, where she started a support group for international medical graduates in the UK.

Sabeeta is involved with her local mosques where she has been arranging youth study circles and Islamic workshops. She has 3 young children and embraces the challenges and growth that comes with balancing motherhood and work.

Saad Amer

Council

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Saad Amer is a Consultant Gynaecologist practicing in Derby, with extensive experience in general gynaecology, minimal access (keyhole) surgery and reproductive medicine. He has been awarded a Clinical Excellence Award by Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He is also and an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham and has maintained a high level of research activity producing more than 70 publications in reputable journals. He regularly presents research findings in international scientific meetings and is regularly invited to speak in national educational meeting.

Numan shah

Council, national director medical aid

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Numan is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant and the Salford Royal Hospital. He graduated from the University of Manchester, where he was involved in his ISoc and FOSIS, and has since been involved in many charitable and community initiatives.

He was the Sir John Charnley Arthroplasty fellow at Wrightington Hospital and has a special interest in prosthetic joint infections and lower limb arthroplasty and revision. He is the current Treasurer of the Orthopaedic Network and is actively involved in teaching and training.

Amer Hamed

Council

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Amer is a Cardiology Consultant with a special interest in cardiac imaging. His career has seen him work and study in Iraq, Italy and Libya, before he settled in Swansea. He graduated in medicine from Mosul University in 1983 and completed a Masters degree in Pathology in 1994.

He has been involved in community work throughout his career, having served the Muslim communities in Scarborough, Barnsley and Hull. Most recently he was appointed as a trustee of the Welsh Cultural Islamic Association in Swansea, and has previously served as a voluntary university Muslim chaplain.

Salman waqar

General Secretary, Communications Mentor

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Salman is an NIHR Academic GP Registrar at the University of Oxford. He was previously appointed as a National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow at Health Education England where he co-authored the new return to practice scheme for GPs and contributed to various national programmes, campaigns and policy. He is also involved in undergraduate medical education, a PLAB examiner for the GMC, a Specialist Advisor for CQC and a local Faculty Board Member of the RCGP.

Outside of medicine he has been involved in local community organising for several years and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was previously Vice President of Imperial College ISoc, Treasurer of FOSIS, a trustee for the Centre for Islam and Medicine, and currently mentors young people for the Social Mobility Foundation and the Prince’s Trust.

Hammad Lodhi

Council, National Director Advocacy

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Hammad was the founding President of BIMA in 2013, and spent several years laying the groundwork for its establishment. He is currently a GP Principal in Walsall, where he is involved in the Local Medical Committee and regularly participates in processes and discussions around contracts, services and commissioning.

Outside of work, he is involved in volunteering for a national charity that is engaged in a programmes of community development, welfare and education in and outside of the UK.

Yusuf Ghumra

Council, Conference Mentor

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Yusuf is an anaesthetics registrar in the East Midlands having graduated from the University of Sheffield.

As an undergraduate he was president of his university ISoc, and was also heavily involved in organising and mobilising Muslim students for the NUS conference through his work in FOSIS. He has recently been appointed as a member of his local mosque executive committee.

Executive committee (ExCO)

The BIMA ExCo is responsible for the day to day running of the organistion, and is composed of the leadership from our projects and operations. The ExCo is chaired by the BIMA Vice President. Most teams’ leadership structure consists of a project Mentor (an experienced guide and advisor to the team), Director (leading the team), and Vice Director (deputy role) and will be supported by further team members assisting them in project specific activities.

cOMMUNICATIONS TEAM

The Communications Team is responsible for membership management and engaging with our stakeholders. The team manages BIMA’s social media presence, design and marketing, newsletters, WhatsApp groups, and look after the website content and development. Contact the team at [email protected]

Salman waqar

General Secretary, Communications Mentor

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Salman is an NIHR Academic GP Registrar at the University of Oxford. He was previously appointed as a National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow at Health Education England where he co-authored the new return to practice scheme for GPs and contributed to various national programmes, campaigns and policy. He is also involved in undergraduate medical education, a PLAB examiner for the GMC, a Specialist Advisor for CQC and a local Faculty Board Member of the RCGP.

Outside of medicine he has been involved in local community organising for several years and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He was previously Vice President of Imperial College ISoc, Treasurer of FOSIS, a trustee for the Centre for Islam and Medicine, and currently mentors young people for the Social Mobility Foundation and the Prince’s Trust.

Ahmed SOualhi

Mentor Communications

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Ahmed is a medical student at King’s College London. He has volunteered with helping asylum seekers in the UK, and is interested in surgery and global health.

When he is not busy with BIMA and slogging through medical school, he enjoys reading anything that comes his way, and cycling around London and its riotous roads.

Ihtisham Mahmood

National Director Communications

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Ihtisham is a GP trainee in the North West, and occasionally works as an Emergency Medicine middle grade in the region. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen where he was president of the MSA.

He is interested in technology and healthcare, and created a start-up to further his passion in this area.

Ihsan Fazal

Vice National Director Communications

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Ihsan qualified from Brighton and Sussex Medical School and obtained his BSc in Physiology from King's College London.
 
He is currently a Foundation Doctor in Hertfordshire and is keen on pursuing a career in Ophthalmology. He is an adept programmer and always looks for opportunities to apply his skills.

Finance team

The Finance Team is responsible for the financial management, fundraising, institutional development, and day to day monetary matters in BIMA. The team is led by the Treasurer (who is also the National Director) and supported by several team members. Contact the team at [email protected].

Ahmed Bachelani

Treasurer, National Director Finance

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Ahmed qualified from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in London where he also obtained a BSc in Immunopathology. After a stint as a hospital physician and obtaining his MRCP, he decided to pursue a career in General Practice and currently works as a private GP on Harley Street. He also works as a medico-legal expert, and has clinical interests in the management of diabetes.

Conference team

The Conference Team is responsible for organising the BIMA National Conference, which is a unique, focal event for BIMA to highlight topical issues and provide professional and social networking opportunities for Muslim healthcare professionals in the UK. Contact the team at [email protected].

Yusuf Ghumra

Council, Conference Mentor

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Yusuf is an anaesthetics registrar in the East Midlands having graduated from the University of Sheffield.

As an undergraduate he was president of his university ISoc, and was also heavily involved in organising and mobilising Muslim students for the NUS conference through his work in FOSIS. He has recently been appointed as a member of his local mosque executive committee.

Saiam Ahmed

National Director Conference

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Saiam is a Research Fellow and Statistician at the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit at the UCL Institute of Clinical Trials and Methodology. He is involved in the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials and other studies in infectious diseases. He graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematics and Statistics and was subsequently funded by the NIHR to undertake a Research Methods Fellowship.

He completed his Medical Statistics MSc at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and became a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society with Graduate Statistician status and is a member for the Society of Clinical Trials. Saiam sits on the board of trustees for Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnerships and is a school governor in the borough. Outside of these activities, he's an avid badminton player.

Abdulsalam Shahin

Vice National Director Conference

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Abdulsalam is a FY2 doctor working in Leicester. He graduated from the University of Nottingham, where he was active in his ISoc as well as serving on FOSIS for a year. He also took an active role in Charity Week, an initiative fundraising for orphans and children.

Lifesavers team

The Lifesavers team organise the annual basic life support (BLS) training that we organise in mosques and Islamic centres across the UK. With thousands of participants learning from hundreds of volunteer healthcare professionals, this is a major project of BIMA and is supported by the British Heart Foundation. Contact the team at [email protected].

Sidra Hussain

Lifesavers Mentor

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Sidra is a Core Medical Trainee in London, having studied preclinical medicine at Jesus College, Cambridge and clinical medicine at UCL.

She has been heavily involved in the BIMA Lifesavers project since its inception and was the National Director in 2018. This year she is a Mentor for the project.

She is passionate about widening participation and has helped with many university open days and school visits through her work as a CAMbassador, UCL student ambassador and Target Medicine.

Abdul Farooq

National Director Lifesavers

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Abdul is a junior doctor who has actively been involved with BIMA for the past few years. He is also involved with his local mosque in East London, having organised and delivered health promotion talks.

He is now the National Director of the Lifesavers project and working to expand the project to new heights. In his spare time he enjoys photography and also helps manage BIMA’s social media.

Mohammed Zaman

Vice National Director Lifesavers

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Mohammed is a fourth year medical student studying in London who has been a part of BIMA for the last couple of years. As well as being involved with Lifesavers, he is also involved with the finance team for BIMA. He also enjoys tutoring and travelling in his spare time, and has also volunteered with his local university ISoc.

Career induction team

The Career Induction Team organise events to help healthcare professionals orientate and prepare themselves in the next step of their careers. At present this includes the FY1 and CT training for doctors, DFT for dentists, and the pre-registration year for pharmacists. Contact the team at [email protected].

qasim malik

Career Induction mentor

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Qasim Malik is the career induction mentor and provides invaluable advice to the rest of the team.

Usman Siddiqui

National Director Career Induction

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Usman graduated in Medicine from Imperial College London before returning home to the Midlands where he completed his foundation training. He was involved in his local ISoc, where he was elected president and was awarded Union Colours. He also contributed to Charity Week. Usman's involvement in BIMA has primarily been in helping at and leading the FY1 Induction course, as well as volunteering for Lifesavers in recent years.

He enjoys being involved in his community, from local youth groups while at school and teaching at a local masjid.

Isma Ahmed

Vice Director Career Induction

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Isma is a Community Pharmacist based in the West Midlands.

She is actively involved with charity work and has a keen interest in mental health. In her spare time she loves to read and write.

regional events team

The Regional Events Team organise social and professional networking events for BIMA members in the regions. There are 8 regions in BIMA: London & South East (including Thames Valley and Wessex); West Midlands; East Midlands (including East of England); North West; North East; Yorkshire & Humberside; Wales & West England; Scotland. Contact the team at [email protected].

HAFSAH QURESHI

Council chair, regional events mentor

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Hafsah is the Chair of BIMA Council and a GP registrar in Lincoln. She was heavily involved in her ISoc at the University of Sheffield. Hafsah has led various projects in BIMA, including the theatre hijabs and bare below the elbows project. She loves reading (if she gets any rare spare time with two little ones!) and travelling.

Naznin Mirza

National Director Regional Events

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Naznin is a graduate of King’s College London and is currently an Ophthalmology trainee in Yorkshire.  She gained a Masters at the University of Manchester and was awarded an international prize for her research project.  She has previously been a mock OSCE examiner and has given talks to medical students about applying for Ophthalmology training.

She is keen to promote Muslims in healthcare uniting to target hard to reach communities. She has been involved in medical aid fundraising and both the Lifesavers and the Careers Induction project.

As National Director of Regional Events she is looking forward to building up BIMA from the grassroots so that Muslims in healthcare can be part of a network where they support and inspire each other to excellence not only in their careers but in their efforts to serve their wider communities also.

Kiran Rahim

Vice National Director Regional Events

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Kiran is a paediatric registrar who works and lives in East London. She graduated from Barts SMD in 2011 and completed her foundation training in London before commencing her paediatric career. She has a keen interest in quality improvement and is a London School of Paediatrics QI Champion.

In he spare time Kiran is a  school governor and safeguarding lead for a local secondary school as well as a school development leader for a local Islamic school. She mentors students at college to gain entry into higher education and has an interest in supporting Muslim women to be the future healthcare leaders of the NHS.

She has two beautiful boys and enjoys fitness and blogging about food and travelling as 'themunchingmedic' on Instagram.

professional development team

The Professional Development Team organise regular monthly webinars for members, and occasionally these are also targeted for the wider Muslim or clinical community. The team can be contacted on [email protected].

Umtulkhair Sajjad

Professional Development Mentor

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Umtulkhair is GP in Manchester with a special interest in women’s health. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Sexual Health and Reproduction, and is involved with undergraduate and postgraduate training. She has been involved with her local mosque to deliver health promotion talks.

She has a passion for Quran and tajweed and has completed her Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies. She is continuing her studies and is in the process of completing her Alimiyah degree, as well as getting her ijazat in tajweed and hifdh. She is a mum of four young children and enjoys working part-time.

ayesha rahman

National Director Professional Development

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Ayesha is a FY2 doctor in West Yorkshire and graduated from the Barts and the London Medical School. She was active in her ISoc and campus charity activities.

She is the National Director of the Professional Development Team. She enjoys travelling and trying out new cuisines in her spare time.

Health promotion team

The Health Promotion Team organise campaigns in mosques and Islamic centres on healthcare topics that are of importance and relevance to Muslim communities. Previously we have delivered ad hoc talks on various clinical topics, as well as organised national campaigns on: cancer screening with Cancer Research UK, diabetes and Ramadan with Diabetes UK, and mental health and Hajj with various charities and Muslim organisations. The team can be contacted at [email protected].

Kashif Aziz

HEALTH PROMOTION MENTOR

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Kashif is a GP Principal based in Sutton, Surrey. He graduated in 1995 from Charing Cross Medical School. He has been part of organising a communal Eid event for the last 3 years, as well as serving as a trustee for a local Islamic organisation.

He has been involved with BIMA for the last 2 years and has delivered talks on health promotion as well as taking part in the Lifesavers event.

Madeeha Waheed

National Director Health Promotion

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Madeeha graduated with a Masters in Pharmacy from Kings College London in 2011 where she was extensively involved with her university ISoc. She completed her  Pre-Registration training at Guys and St Thomas Hospital and has specialised in Oncology. She has relocated to the North West having been a senior oncology pharmacist at a private practice in Harley St.

She is currently a busy mum to a beautiful toddler, and volunteers her spare time in tutoring A Level students alongside being involved with local initiatives within the community. She enjoys travelling, reading and cooking random experimental dishes!

Syed Sameer Ahmed

Vice National Director Health Promotion

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Dr Syed *Sameer* Ahmed DA, DNB, FRCA is an Anaesthetist with special interest in Regional Anaesthesia and Day Surgery at Newcastle upon Tyne. 
 
Sameer is passionate about community development and has been involved with his local mosques through out his career. His current interest is Organ Donation awareness and is presently leading national campaign to help spread awareness about organ donation in the Muslim community.

medical aid team

The Medical Aid Team are working with several UK based charities, and international NGOs to orchestrate a programme of overseas relief missions for members. The team can be contacted at [email protected].

Numan shah

Council, national director medical aid

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Numan is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant and the Salford Royal Hospital. He graduated from the University of Manchester, where he was involved in his ISoc and FOSIS, and has since been involved in many charitable and community initiatives.

He was the Sir John Charnley Arthroplasty fellow at Wrightington Hospital and has a special interest in prosthetic joint infections and lower limb arthroplasty and revision. He is the current Treasurer of the Orthopaedic Network and is actively involved in teaching and training.

Advocacy team

The Advocacy Team look to address and respond to political and policy issues affecting Muslim healthcare professionals. Recent examples include responding to journal articles about Muslim doctors; devising a policy document on theatre hijab and bare below the elbow; coordinating appearances on national radio and TV; statement on the Fluenz vaccine; community guidance following acid attacks; attending stakeholder meetings. The team can be contacted at [email protected].

Hammad Lodhi

Council, National Director Advocacy

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Hammad was the founding President of BIMA in 2013, and spent several years laying the groundwork for its establishment. He is currently a GP Principal in Walsall, where he is involved in the Local Medical Committee and regularly participates in processes and discussions around contracts, services and commissioning.

Outside of work, he is involved in volunteering for a national charity that is engaged in a programmes of community development, welfare and education in and outside of the UK.

Sabeeta Farooqi

Council, Vice Director Advocacy

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Sabeeta is a GP trainee in Leeds. She completed her MBBS in Pakistan and was a member of the Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) before moving to the UK in 2011, where she started a support group for international medical graduates in the UK.

Sabeeta is involved with her local mosques where she has been arranging youth study circles and Islamic workshops. She has 3 young children and embraces the challenges and growth that comes with balancing motherhood and work.