Alumni Leading the Way

From rural Tanzania to New York City, our 12,000-plus alumni are making a difference as nurses, doctors, educators, researchers, innovators and leaders.


An Associate Professorof Global Health atthe University of Alberta, Dr Zubia Mumtaz, MBBS ’88, tests multi-dimensional interventions aimed at providing cost-effective, high-quality maternal healthservices in remote, rural Pakistan for ultra-poor women. Her research, which has included living in vill​ages in Pakistanfor up to 10 months ata time, is funded by theCanadian, US and UK governments and published in leading journals.

Dr Naveed Janjua, MSc Epidemiology & Biostatistics ’02, is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Healthand a Senior Scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control. He leads a studyof more than 1 million people in British Columbia to inform policies and programmes for preventing and treating hepatitis C. His Pakistan-focused research addresses such subjects as unsafe injections, hepatitis C and nutrition.

United Kingdom

Professor of Women’s Health and Clinical Epidemiology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Dr Khalid Khan, MBBS ’88, is the editor of BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. He is a prolific researcher and lead author of the book Systematic Reviews to Support Evidence-Based Medicine.


Fatemeh Shams Esmaeili, MA in Muslim Cultures ’09, won the Jaleh Esfahani Foundation’s award for the best young Persian poet, and has published two collections of poetry, 88 and Writing in the Mist. She recently received a PhD in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford.



United States

Chairman of Thoracic Surgery at Mt. Sinai Roosevelt and St. Luke’s hospitals in New York City, and an Associate Professor of Thoracic Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine, Dr Faiz Bhora, MBBS ’92, is internationally known for his expertise in thoracic oncology surgery and minimally invasive thoracic surgery. He is developing a 3D-printed, implantable trachea made from biological materials.

Dr Aisha Sethi, MBBS ’99, is Associate Professor of Dermatology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Chicago. Dr Sethi has spent significant time in Malawi working to improve dermatological care, especially for albinos. She organized the first North American conference on tropical skin diseases, and is at work on a textbook on tropical dermatology.

Salimah Meghani,Post-RN BScN ’97, is Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She has published dozens of articles on disparities in pain treatment for minorities and vulnerable populations




Paediatric cardiologist Dr Babar Hasan, MBBS ’99, returned to AKU in 2011 after completing a fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital’s No. 1-ranked paediatric cardiology programme. His efforts are resulting in the addition of new diagnostics, improved quality of care and the creation of a new generation of paediatric cardiologists in Pakistan.

Alia Nasir, Diploma ’90 and Post-RN BScN ’96, is Principal of the Ziauddin College of Nursing. The former Head of the Aman Community Health Programme, she has extensive experience in directing community health projects in underserved areas of Karachi, and has contributed to the development of Pakistan’s national nursing curricula.

A member of the Institute for Educational Development’s first class, Mola Dad Shafa, MEd ’95, earned his PhD at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Since 2004, he has been the head of AKU’s Professional Development Centre in Gilgit-Baltistan, where he oversaw the Education Development and Improvement Programme.


As Geita Regional Education Officer, Euphrasia Buchuma, MEd ’09, oversees nearly 700 schools in western Tanzania and has worked with her alma mater to train hundreds of teachers in a variety of subjects.


As Country Director for the Palliative Care Association of Uganda, Rose Kiwanuka, Post-RN BScN ’05, works to enhance the capacity of the country’s health care system to stem the pain and suffering of patients with HIV and other illnesses.


Dr Edwin Mogere, MMed ’08, recently returned to the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi after completing his neurosurgical training in Cape Town, South Africa, making him one of only two dozen neurosurgeons in East Africa and the only one trained in neuroendovascular surgery.