It is a great honor and privilege to be the President of Maryland chapter of APPNA, Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in North America. We are living in challenging and historical times. In March 2020, the world turned on a dime and we were forced to face great hardships and rise to extreme challenges. COVID -19 pandemic has taken many precious lives of Physicians of Pakistani Descent in the line of duty and impacted many others. May Allah accept their sacrifices; my thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.
I am Dr Haroon Burhanullah, Dow graduate of class of 2004, and a practicing Geriatric Neuropsychiatrist in Maryland. I currently work as an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University school of medicine. I am extremely humbled by the opportunity to serve as the 1st President of Maryland chapter of APPNA. We were inducted as a new chapter in APPNA spring meeting, 2021 at Orlando. It was after 2 years of advocacy, persistence and great commitment to philanthropy and education that we got voted and inducted as a chapter in APPNA. I strive to promote health education and health care services in the state of Maryland and Pakistan.
As President of Maryland chapter of APPNA, I have goals for the year 2021 and 2022 to help accomplish our mission.
1- Given our new chapter, I will focus on increasing the membership numbers through engagement with other physicians and by decreasing lifetime membership fee. My plan is to involve the new members in different ongoing programs.
2- I would like to initiate a free tele-health program for mental health issues in our community for deserving people. As we know psychiatric care is crucial to maintaining quality of life, I saw a need for services which is highly personalized and provided free of cost by our board-certified psychiatrist from the ease of your home.
3- I want to support Maryland women shelter and other charitable activities through coordination with ICNA.
4- I plan to establish a free student housing for visiting students doing electives and observerships in Baltimore metro area, where rent will be free and students only pay for food and utilities.
5- I will encourage medical education and delivery of better health care in Pakistan specifically by arranging donations of medical literature, medical supplies and by arranging virtual lecture tours in Pakistan.
6- With the help of my education committee, I will help coordinate research electives and clinical observership for students applying for residency at hospital and clinics around Baltimore metro area.
7- Finally, I will arrange social gatherings for our members and continuing medical education activity for physician colleagues.
I am requesting all physicians of Pakistani descent to join APPNA – Maryland and support our ongoing projects and help me accomplish these goals.
Haroon Burhanullah, MD
President APPNA Maryland Chapter