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Nausheen Naveed


I graduated from People’s Medical College Nawabshah Sindh. Afterwards I completed my residency in Radiology at Bridgeport Hospital Yale New Haven in Connecticut. Then I pursued dual fellowships in Pediatric and Neuro radiology at Yale New Haven Hospital. I worked at a private practice in Milford, Connecticut for 2 years before moving to Atlanta. I have been working as a consultant radiologist at Virtual Radiologic. I have two beautiful children and a husband, Naveed Alvi, who is also a Radiologist. In my spare time I enjoy engaging in philanthropy and am currently involved in several projects both in the United States and Pakistan. In 2019 I served as the treasurer for APPNA and look forward to serving as the president in 2021.

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Fahd Syed

General Secretary

Dr. Fahd Syed is a graduate of Aga Khan University, Karachi. He did his Internal Medicine residency from Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Nephrology fellowship from UAMS, Little Rock, Arkansas.
He has been practicing Nephrology in Columbus, Georgia since 2015. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology, at PCOM, Georgia. Dr. Syed enjoys supervising residents and medical students at Piedmont Columbus Regional.
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking the trails in Pine Mountain, Georgia with his wife and two children.

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Saira Niaz


I graduated from Dow Medical College at the University of Karachi. Afterwards I did my  post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. I started my Internship at University of Buffalo Medical and Dental Consortium in Buffalo, NY, and finished the residency at Family Medicine residency program at Columbus Regional Hospital, GA. Outside of practicing medicine,I enjoy spending time with my family and friends , reading, watching tele-plays , and volunteering.

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Fareha Rahim

President Elect 2022

Fareha Rahim MD FACP earned her medical degree from The AGA Khan University Karachi Pakistan and completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Chief Resident year at New York Medical College program, Sound Shore Medical Center, New Rochelle, New York. She also did a partial fellowship training in Rheumatology, from Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, New York. She is board certified in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Rahim has been practicing medicine for 20 years. Prior to joining Piedmont Athens Regional, Dr. Rahim was part of Private Practice group, Hawthorne Medical Associates, Athens GA.
Presently she is Faculty for Piedmont Athens Regional Internal Medicine Residency Program, Clinical Assistant Professor Augusta University /UGA Medical Partnership. She is also Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Faculty of Medical Sciences, College of Public Health, UGA 9/2016.
Dr. Rahim enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids. She enjoys travel and food.
She enjoys serving the community . She is involved with philanthropic work in USA and Pakistan.
She is a recipient of Charles A. Foreman M.D Humanitarian Award and Chief Resident Award.


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Saadia Khizer

Immediate Past President

Dr. Saadia Khizer is the Clinical Unit Director for Morehouse School of Medicine’s Vaccine Trials Unit. Before joining MSM, she worked at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for over 10 years, where she provided leadership and training related to regulatory processes for clinical research and oversaw all clinical research activities for Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital.  During her more than 15 years of clinical research experience, she has developed system wide processes to ensure safe and efficient conduct of clinical research within healthcare settings, including inpatient and outpatient areas; with this effort, she has worked with investigators from MSM, Emory, CDC, and multiple pharmaceutical companies. Since 2016, she took on the added role of clinical director to run a busy community pediatric practice in Conyers, Georgia. Dr. Khizer is a graduate of Fatima Jinnah Medical College Lahore. She received her MPH from Georgia State University and later, her Certificate in Clinical Research. Dr. Khizer gives lectures to medical students about research when she visits her country of birth. Locally, she has been involved with GA APPNA for over 10 years and loves serving communities in the US and Pakistan. In her spare time, Dr. Khizer loves reading, playing scrabble, spending time with family and friends and traveling. In COVID era she and her family have explored many Georgia state parks!