MedGlobal’s diverse team of volunteers unify with local partner to reduce healthcare gaps in Pakistan

Pakistan Volunteer Team

MedGlobal recently deployed an educational mission to Pakistan in November 2019. Along with local partner, Indus Hospital, MedGlobal and volunteers provided training to health care professionals in adult & obstetrics ultrasound, Helping Babies Breathe, and patient-centered consultations.

Meet the amazing team of volunteer medical providers from the United States and Canda. They have given their time to travel across the world and help the people Pakistan.

Dr. Hena Ibrahim

Dr. Hena Ibrahim graduated Cum Laude in International Relations and Pre-Medicine from Loyola University, after which she studied medicine at St George’s University. She returned to her native Chicago to undertake her pediatric residency at Cook County Hospital. She is currently in private practice at Saint Anthony Hospital, where she also served as Medical Director of Ambulatory Services.

She is board-certified in Pediatrics and has been teaching both medical students and residents for the last ten years. Dr. Ibrahim began her medical relief work in 2016 assisting Syrian refugees, stranded in Greece, along the Macedonian border. Since then, she has participated in and led medical missions to various countries, including Jordan and Bangladesh.  
She currently serves on the MedGlobal’s Board of Directors and has been with the organization since it was created in 2017.

Dr. Henna Qureshi

Dr. Henna Qureshi is a board-certified pediatrician at the Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children in Virginia and an Assistant Professor for Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Qureshi received the honors; Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Teaching, VCU School of Medicine (2017 and 2018), Inova Fairfax Hospital Primary Care Pediatrician of the Year (2016, 2018), and Top Community Preceptor (2015 – 2016).

She volunteers her time to performing humanitarian work, disaster relief work, and refugee medicine serving as the Pediatric chair for MedGlobal, the local chapter of the Human Development Foundation, as well as the Global Health Advisor for Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children’s Pediatric Residency program.  

Her global health experience includes working in Haiti, Central America, Pakistan, Malawi, and caring for Syrian Refugees in Jordan and Greece. Over the last two years, she has continued her international medical work with a focus on the Rohingya refugee population. She made several trips to Bangladesh with OBAT Helpers and Medglobal.

Dr. Sadaf Lodhi

Dr. Sadaf Lodhi completed her undergraduate education at the University of Michigan in Biochemistry followed by medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating in 2000. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at St. Joseph Mercy in Pontiac, Michigan.

Dr. Lodhi then moved to New York and worked with private practices. She then spent about nine years working for a community health center caring for underserved women, complex GYN issues, performing surgeries, and attending hundreds of births.

Dr. Lodhi volunteers her time as a board examiner for the American Board of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists and is an active member of the American Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Board of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Institute for Functional Medicine.

Dr. Paul Holtrop

Dr. Paul Holtrop is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine and is a neonatologist with over thirty years of experience. He attended medical school at the University of Michigan and spent the bulk of his neonatology career at William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, USA.

Dr. Holtrop is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Perinatal-Neonatal Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Holtrop is certified as a Master Trainer in Helping Babies Breathe.

Dr. Jeff Pollard

Dr. Jeff Pollard is a Clinical Associate Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at the University of Calgary in Western Canada with a cross-appointment in Diagnostic Imaging. He has taught obstetrical ultrasound skills to Obstetricians, Midwives, Radiologists, Family Doctors, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Diagnostic Imaging fellows, residents, and medical students, as well as sonography students and graduates. His current work is primarily clinical and his interests are prenatal diagnosis and maternal conditions that impact the fetus.

Dr. Sarah Shihadeh

Dr. Sarah Shihadeh is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine in New York, USA, where she works closely with residents and medical students. Dr. Shihadeh’s interests focus on academic medicine, which has resulted in scholarly pursuits and publishing at reputable conferences over the past 6 years.

Dr. Shihadeh has a particular interest in ultrasound and is currently the ultrasound co-leader for the Mount Sinai Health System. In addition to her clinical role, Dr. Shihadeh also has administrative responsibilities as the Director of Clinical Operations for the Hospitalist Division and is the Unit Medical Director for a Telemetry Unit at her practice site. In this role, Dr. Shihadeh works to identify ways to improve the day to day operations for medical providers and support staff, quality assurance and working with the residency division to improve teaching quality and workflow.

Finally, Dr. Shihadeh has taken an interest in integrative medicine and has recently been accepted in a fellowship program that will begin in Spring 2020.

Dr. Mark Supino

Born and raised in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Mark Supino completed a Bachelors Degree in Biology at McGill University and then went to medical school at New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Supino completed specialty residency training in Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago USA.

After completing residency training, he moved to Miami, Florida, six years ago to establish the Emergency Medicine residency program at Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in the country.

Dr. Supino’s academic interests include simulation, uropathogens, education-innovation, and ultrasound.

Dr. Michael Drusano

Dr. Michael Drusano is a Family-Medicine trained physician from the United States with experience in community health, complex humanitarian emergency response and education. He has worked in a variety of diverse locales including Haiti, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Botswana, and a few others.

In recent years, he has taken a focus on refugee health and assistance as well as education by teaching community health volunteers in refugee camps and co-organizing a point-of-care ultrasound course for health professionals with MedGlobal.

Ms. Harriet Hawkins

Ms. Harriet Hawkins has been in the nursing profession for fifty years, having subsequently completed numerous specialty certifications as a Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse, Critical Care Registered Nurse and as an instructor and faculty of numerous resuscitation and trauma courses in the United States. Harriet is a Fellow of the Academy of Emergency Nursing.

Harriet has received numerous honors and awards for her work, including the Exemplar Nurse Humanitarian Award and a nomination for the American Red Cross Heroes Award. Harriet is certified as a Helping Babies Breathe Master Trainer and has delivered courses to medical professionals all over the world.

Dr. Saad Feroz

Dr. Saad Feroz completed medical school at East Virginia Medical School in Virginia and is currently completing specialty residency training in Pediatrics at Fairfax Children’s Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia.

Dr. Feroz has a strong background in professional presentations and publications and has several on-going scholarly activities. He is certified as a Helping Babies Breathe Master Trainer and was thrilled to join the team in Pakistan.

Dr. Fozia Saleem-Rasheed

Dr. Fozia Saleem-Rasheed is a board-certified neonatologist who practices at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. She attended medical school at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and went on to complete her residency training in pediatrics at William Beaumont Hospital.

Dr. Saleem-Rasheed then completed her fellowship training in neonatology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has an interest in global health, particularly in the areas of South Asia and the Middle East.

Dr. Aisha Mirza

Dr. Aisha Mirza was born in Lahore, Pakistan and her parents immigrated to Canada when she was just two years old. She has been stuck in the cold ever since and appreciated the warm welcome back to Pakistan. She is an Emergency Physician at a large urban teaching Hospital in Edmonton, Canada. She has been staff for 12 years and during this time she has expanded her interest in point of care ultrasound.

Dr. Mirza is an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and a Master Instructor for the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society. She teaches and implements point of care ultrasound courses for medical students, residents, and physicians.

She was recently awarded the Ivan Steiner Award for Teaching Excellence by the emergency medicine residents, but more importantly (if you ask her) her indoor soccer (football) team won first place in their division and is now competing in the Premier League.

Dr. Sharad Patel

Dr. Sharad Patel is a Critical Care Specialist who completed medical school at the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing medical school, Dr. Patel completed both Nephrology and Critical Care Fellowships before becoming an Assistant Professor at Cooper-Rowan University.

Dr. Patel is also the Ultrasound Director for Cooper Critical Care. He is currently certified in Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Critical Care Medicine.

Dr. Ludwig Koeneke-Hernandez

Dr. Ludwig Koeneke-Hernandez completed medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia, USA, and is currently completing specialty residency training in Emergency Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Koeneke-Hernandez has served in several leadership roles during his education and training, including service as the President of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section.

Dr. Bess Storch

Dr. Bess Storch completed specialty residency training in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine following completion of medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Stock is an instructor that teaches ultrasound to medical students and residents at the patient’s bedside and has performed hundreds of ultrasounds in her clinical practice, including FAST exam for trauma, renal, cardiac, gallbladder, pelvic, soft tissue, DVT, aorta, lung, and ultrasound-guided procedures for central lines, peripheral IV lines, and paracentesis.

Dr. Minal Ahson

Dr. Minal Ahson is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of South Florida in Tampa, USA. She received her undergraduate and medical school from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, an internship from the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, and a residency from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Ahson has an MSPH in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has traveled around the world working in underserved settings and areas with refugee populations. She currently serves as chairperson of the Volunteers and Networks Committee for MedGlobal.

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