It is a great honor and privilege to be the President of the Maryland chapter of APPNA, the 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, a Dow graduate of the class of 2004 and a practicing Geriatric Neuropsychiatric in Maryland. I currently work as an Assistant Professor at the Johns Hopkins University school of medicine. I am incredibly humbled by the opportunity to serve as the 1st President of the Maryland chapter of APPNA. We were inducted as a new chapter in Orlando’s APPNA spring meeting 2021. After 2 years of advocacy, persistence, and extraordinary commitment to philanthropy and education, we got voted and inducted as a chapter in APPNA. I strive to promote health education and healthcare services in Maryland and Pakistan.
As President of the Maryland chapter of APPNA, I have goals for 2021 and 2022 to help accomplish our mission.
- Given our new chapter, I will focus on increasing the membership numbers through engagement with other physicians and decreasing lifetime membership fees. I plan to involve the new members in different ongoing programs.
- I would like to initiate a free telehealth program for mental health issues in our community for deserving people. As we know, psychiatric care is crucial to maintaining the quality of life; I saw a need for highly personalized services provided free of cost by our board-certified psychiatrist from the ease of your home.
- I want to support Maryland women’s shelters and other charitable activities through coordination with ICNA.
- I plan to establish free student housing for visiting students doing electives and observerships in Baltimore metro area, where rent will be free, and students will only pay for food and utilities.
- I will encourage medical education and delivery of better health care in Pakistan, specifically by arranging donations of medical literature and medical supplies and virtual lecture tours in Pakistan.
- With the help of my education committee, I will help coordinate research electives and clinical observership for students applying for residency at hospitals and clinics around Baltimore metro area.
- Finally, I will arrange social gatherings for our members and continue medical education activities 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