Health Team

Syed Mahboob Shah

Dr. Syed Shah was born and raised in Bubur Punyal in his hometown valley of Gilgit Baltistan. He completed his undergraduate and medical training in Khyber Medical College in his home country of Pakistan. He went to USA to complete MPH in international health, and PhD in Epidemiology from the Houston Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health, at the University of Texas, USA. He looked after patients taught medical students as Faculty in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan during 1989-2001. He also worked as Research Scientist in Olympia with Washington State Government, USA, in 2001-2004, and as faculty and Associate Professor in the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Canada in 2004-2008. He is currently working at the Institute of Public Health, College of Medicine and Health Sciences at the United Arab Emirates University in UAE. His primary research focuses on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. He is the author or co-author of over 65 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.

He was honored to complete Harvard Medical School Global Clinical Scholars Research Training Program in 2014-15. World Heart Federation selected him as Emerging Leader in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention in 2015. WHO has selected him recently as chronic disease prevention specialist to help member countries in EMRO Region to establish surveillance system for NCDs.

As Co-founder of Silkrout to Health, a civil society initiative to improve health education and environment, he will lead the health initiatives with fellow village health professionals to improve health and longevity in the region of Gilgit Baltistan.

Ghulam Ishaque Khan, MSc. CPHQ Co-Founder, Silkroute to Health

Ghulam Ishaque Khan

Ghulam Ishaque Khan is a healthcare quality improvement professional and a “quality of life” enthusiast. He has contributed significantly to a number of quality improvement initiatives both at private and government bodies in managing and consulting roles in Pakistan and abroad.

A recipient of the AKDN international scholarship, Ghulam Ishaque Khan completed his Master’s degree, with distinction, in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Imaging from University College London (UCL) in 2005. During his association with the Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan (2000-2008) Mr. Khan played leading roles in a number of healthcare quality improvement and expansion projects in Pakistan as well as in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria and Kenya where the organization has its branches or other partnerships.

Mr. Khan maintains his associated with the work of AKDN as an active volunteer through the “time and knowledge initiative” and serves on healthcare quality improvement assignments as a consultant.

As a healthcare quality assessor and advisor at Health Authority of Abu Dhabi (HAAD) since from 2008-2016, Mr. Khan has attained extensive understanding and expertise in developing and implementing quality improvement strategies, regulatory structures and monitoring and evaluation mechanisms for healthcare systems. He has led the major task of establishing the regulatory framework for management of medical devices and healthcare technology at the healthcare sector in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The framework is widely adopted throughout the healthcare sector and has brought about significant improvement in the quality of care and patient safety.

Mr. Khan is currently the Director of Clinical Technology at Hunter New England Health District , NSW Health, Australia.

Mr. Khan is passionate about enhancing the “quality of life” by bringing the benefits of the global advances in health and medicine to those who are less privileged due to their social, economic and geographical situations. He is keen on serving, in volunteer capacity, for causes aimed at improving health and hence the quality of lives of communities especially those in his native region of Gilgit Baltistan.

Asif Rashid Khan

Dr. Asif Rashid Khan is a board certified physician in internal medicine and addiction medicine and an entrepreneur in health care.

He completed his medical degree from The Aga Khan Medical College in Pakistan, and then went to complete internal medicine residency from University of Illinois, Chicago and pursued a fellowship in infectious disease at Indiana University, Indianapolis. After completing his medical training, he joined Multicare Health System in Puyallup, Washington. He then started multiple medical ventures and went into private practice. He is currently CEO of Northwest Integrated Health (NWIH), which delivers integrated physical and behavioral health to people living in Pierce county of Washington state. He is also CEO of Physician Office Laboratory Specialists (POLS), which provides installation, consultation and management of high complexity clinical laboratories in the United States to physician offices and independent laboratories. He is also a member of board of directors at Medtest Holdings, INC. and Key Opinion Leader for North America for Mindray Medical. He is also founder of Western Himalaya Research and Development Organization, a registered NGO in Gilgit-Baltistan since 2008.

Dr Khan is core faculty and member GME committee for psychiatry residency at Puget Sound Psychiatry Center in Bothell Washington.

He lives in Tacoma, Washington with his wife Dr. Qudsia Khan and two daughters.

Dr Qudsia

Dr. Qudsia belongs to Bunj in Diamer valley of Gilgit Baltistan. Dr. Qudsia Khan is a board certified Internal Medicine physician in Puyallup, Washington State, USA. She received her medical education from Fatima Jinnah Medical College, Lahore. She moved on for further training in USA. She worked as a Research Fellow at the Department of Neuro genetics at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois. Her focus was in gene discovery, cell culture modeling and therapeutic application in families with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at University of Illinois Chicago. In 2009 and joined MultiCare Health System in Tacoma Washington, to provide high quality primary care services with a holistic approach. She is Medical Director at Puyallup Medical & Wellness and Director Primary Care Services at Northwest Integrated Health.

Her clinical and research interests are in metabolic syndrome, obesity and medical weight loss. She is passionate about preventing and treating chronic medical conditions with healthy lifestyle interventions. She is a certified First Line Therapy Provider for obesity and weight loss. Dr. Khan enjoys teaching medical students and residents. She is currently the Associate Program Director for Psychiatry Residency Program at Puget Sound Psychiatry Center Bothell, WA, and Clinical Faculty at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA. Dr. Khan lives in Tacoma with her husband and two daughters, Simren and Sophia and committed to use her clinical and research skills to improve health in her home town villages of Gilgit Baltistan.

Dr Neelum Jahan
Consultant Gynecologist

Dr. Neelum Jahan belongs to Anwar Abad, Punyal valley. She completed her Medical training from Fatima Jinah Medical College Lahore. She moved on to Aga Khan University to complete her Fellowship in Genecology from College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. She underwent training in prenatal genetic evaluation, infertility, ultrasonography, and in minimally invasive procedures under the guidance of eminent doctors during her training at Aga Khan University.

She worked one additional year as a faculty (Instructor) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She then joined Aga Khan Health Service to serve her fellow villagers in Gilgit Baltistan as Consultant gynecologist. She served Aga Khan Health as Consultant Gynecologist between 2010 and 2016. Currently she has joined Family Health Program. She will be the lead person for research in Maternal Health in Gilgit Baltistan.

Maj® Dr Nasiruddin Hakeem Khan,
Consultant Medical Oncologist

Dr. Nasir belongs to Bubur, Punyal Valley of Gilgit Baltistan. He completed his medical training from Pakistan. He completed his Membership in Medicine and fellowship in Oncology from College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan. He completed his Membership in Medicine from Ireland and Fellowship in Medicine from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons from Glasgow, United Kingdom. He served Aga Khan Health Service in Gilgit Baltistan, and Armed Forces of Pakistan as a consultant Oncologist.

Currently he is consultant for Prince Faisal Cancer Centre, Buraidah Al Qasim, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He is accomplished and active researcher in area of cancer treatment and control.

He will be the lead person for cancer research in Gilgit Baltistan and will be a mentor and guide for our young scholars (medical students) with career and research interest in cancer care and prevention

Dr Ghulam Haider
MBBS,FCPS,FRCS(UK), Diploma in Laparoscopic Surgery, Strasburg University, France

Dr. Haider belongs to Karim Abad, Huna Valley of Gilgit Baltistan. He completed his medical training from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan. He moved on to join Aga Khan University, Karachi to complete his residency in surgery and got his Fellowship from College of Physicians and Surgeons in Pakistan. He completed his Fellowship from the Royal College of physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in United Kingdom.

He has obtained a Diploma course in Laparoscopic General Surgery from Strasbourg University in France.
He joined Aga Khan Health service to establish rural surgery services and to provide much needed surgical care to his fellow villagers in Gilgit Baltistan. He provided surgical care for over ten years in Gilgit Baltistan. He trained medical students, surgery residents and family physicians both Aga Khan University and Aga Khan Health Service. Currently he works as Consultant surgeon in the Department of Surgery at Ahalia Hospital in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

He will be the lead person in trauma research and will contribute in injury prevention and treatment efforts in Gilgit Baltistan.

Dr Asad Ur Rahman

Dr. Asad Ur Rahman belongs to Yasin Valley of Gilgit Baltistan. He completed his medical training from King Edward Medical University, Lahore Pakistan. He completed a Diploma in Child Health from Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow in United Kingdom. He then moved on to join Aga Khan University, Karachi to complete his residency under mentor ship of Dr. Zulfiqar Bhuta, Professor and Chairman of the Pediatrics. He completed his fellowship from College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan. He served the Aga University Hospital neonatology Unit between 1999 and 2000. He moved on and joined McMaster University in Canada to complete his fellowship in Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine between 2006 and 1010. He served Canada as pediatric specialist in Regina General Hospital in Regina, Canada between 2010 and 2012. He is currently serving as consultant neonatologist at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in Muscat Oman. He has published more than 20 papers and posters in peer-reviewed scientific international journals.

He will lead the child health related research and care and also provide mentor ship young scholars (medical students) from Gilgit Baltistan with interest in pediatric research.

Sartaj Alam
Research Bio statistician,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Sartaj Alam belongs to Punyal valley of Gilgit Baltistan. He completed his bachelors in engineering from Pakistan with outstanding performance, obtaining a gold medal. He holds a Masters degree in Biostatistics from University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC), Houston, USA. He is particularly interested in applying statistical methods in comparative effectiveness, valuation of policy interventions and evidence based research, which is best supported by both sound theory and empirical evidence. With background in Data Informatics, Database Management and Big Data Analytics, he is well conversant with complex surveys and administrative databases to undertake health services and outcomes research.

Prior to joining Harvard, Sartaj worked as Manager Statistical Methodologies at IMS-Health, a health outcomes research consulting firm at Plymouth Meeting, PA. He also worked as Statistician at CDC – Atlanta, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Houston, TX. He currently works to manage research efforts related to chronic and non-communicable diseases on multiple projects at Harvard Medical School.

He will contribute his expertise to conduct analysis and publication of health research in Gilgit Baltistan.

Dr. Liaquat Khan

Dr Liaquat Khan is a Consultant Radiologist hailing from Hunza, Pakistan. He completed his basic medical training at Nishtar Medical College, Multan and Residency Program in Clinical Radiology from the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. He was actively involved in the undergraduate and post-graduate training at The Aga Khan University, Shifa International Hospital and later at King Abdul Aziz Specialist Hospital in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Currently, he is the departmental lead at Bronglais General Hospital, Aberystwyth, Wales. Bronglais is one of the four hospitals under Hywel Dda University Health Board of Mid and South West Wales, UK. Dr Khan is a Visiting Faculty at The Cardiff University School of Medicine. He is also a Fellow of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan and Member Royal College of Radiologists, UK. He is also passionate about a comprehensive and sustainable health care delivery model for his native Gilgit-Baltistan; which is close to his heart and unfortunately communities of this extremely beautiful place on earth are far from optimum health facilities.

He will guide young doctors who aspire a career in the field of clinical radiology.