Meet the Team

MDA Chair: Dr Hina Shahid MBBS, BSc, MSc, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFSRH, DCH

Dr Hina Shahid is a GP who graduated with Distinction in Medical Sciences from University College London. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology from University College London and a Masters of Science in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has an interest in humanitarian relief work and is involved in a number of charity projects, having worked abroad and in the UK as a volunteer. She also has an interest in medical education and is a clinical tutor at Imperial College London. In her spare time she enjoys reading, travelling and learning languages. She is currently learning Arabic and can also speak French, Urdu and Hindi.


MDA Vice-Chair: Dr Nadia Khalid MB BS(Hons) BSc(Hons) AICSM

Dr Nadia Khalid was Chairperson of the Muslim Doctors Association from 2013-2016. Nadia is a medical doctor who graduated from Imperial College London. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Medical Humanties from the University of London. Nadia has studied Classical Arabic at the European Institute of Human Sciences in France and is an Arabic tutor. She has worked extensively with charity organisations on various health awareness initiatives and is an active supporter of the Acid Survivors Trust International. Nadia is currently training in General Practice in Northwest London and has specialist interests in Forensic Medicine and Humanitarian Relief work. In her spare time Nadia enjoys landscape painting and horse riding.


MDA Secretary & Treasurer: Aarifah Farooqi, MSc Health Psych

Aarifah Farooqi is dedicated to the area of mental health and is currently responsible for the management and development of several mental health services in North West London. Aarifah is currently leading on the implementation of individual budgets and full personalisation of these services. Aarifah’s academic background is in the area of Health Psychology in which she has an MSc. She has also set up mediation services for young people and families prior to moving to mental health services. Aarifah’s interests lay in Islamic Art and calligraphy.


MDA Dental Health Lead: Dr Mohsin Ali BDS, MFDS RCS Ed

Dr Mohsin Ali graduated from Guy’s and King’s College London School of Dentistry. Mohsin joined QMUL and the Bart’s and the London Trust in 2012 as a part-time Clinical Lecturer. Mohsin is currently working towards a Diploma in Dental Implantology with the Royal College of Surgeons and a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. Mohsin enjoys reading a wide range of books, playing cricket and supporting a few choice charities. He recently returned from a dental relief trip to the West Bank with ‘Muslims Without Borders’ and is a keen fundraiser for the ‘Graham Layton Trust’ who carry out free eye operations for patients throughout Pakistan.


Health Promotion with Healthwise: Dr Ahmad Moolla BM BS(Hons) BSc(Hons) MRCP

Dr Ahmad Moolla is a Specialist Registrar in Diabetes & Endocrinology. His special interests are in clinical leadership, health education and health promotion where he has led a number of community education programmes. Additionally, he has worked extensively to help improve the health of pilgrims who attend the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.


MDA Drug & Alcohol Liason Advisor:  Farida Abbasi

Farida Abbasi currently works in Luton as an Outreach Worker for Asian Women Affected by Drugs. She has over 16 years of experience in the drugs and alcohol field. Farida is passionate about raising awareness about the issues surrounding the misuse of drugs in the Asian community and particularly in helping women who may be affected directly or indirectly with substance misuse. Farida participates extensively with charities to raise awareness and funds for the less fortunate around the world and has recently begun working with a charity that supports orphans in the third world.

MDA Child Health Lead: Dr Saima Ahsan (MBBS, BMedSci, MSc, MRCPCH)

Dr Saima Ahsan is a Paediatric registrar in London. She has a masters in Global Health Development from the Institute of Child Health, UCL. She has volunteered for organisations specialising in supporting victims of torture and has worked with former child soldiers and victims of war to help them access the health system appropriately. She has a special interest in medical education and child public health in the developing world. In her spare time she enjoys playing basketball and outdoor trekking.

MDA Women’s Health Lead: Dr. Natasha Abdul Aziz

Natasha graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and trained in obstetrics & gynaecology in Dublin. Now a registrar in the UK with sub specialty interests in minimal access surgery, fertility, and adolescent gynae, she enjoys engaging people with the service to ensure they are comfortable, and get the most out of the expertise available.

Natasha’s large, focused, charitable projects, aim to bring people together by highlighting their shared humanity. When not writing, sailing (falling in), or volunteering at home and abroad, she can be found nodding her head to a Quranic translation, attempting Islamic calligraphy, or laughing to herself over Austen’s witty one-liners.

MDA Campaigns Co-ordinator: Dr Zeeshan Malik MB BS(Hons) BSc(Hons)

Dr Zeeshan Malik is a medical doctor who graduated from Imperial College London. He also holds a Bachelor of Medical Sciences in Reproductive & Developmental Sciences and Medical Humanties from the Imperial College. Zeeshan is currently training to become an Anaesthetist and Intensivist in the North West Deanery. He is very interested in Patient Safety, Quality Improvement and Clinical Leadership in the NHS. He also has a keen interest in volunteer work abroad and working with UK based charities. In the little time he has off work, Zeeshan can be found screaming at the cricket on the telly, attending Manchester United home games at Old Trafford and hiking up any hill/mountain in sight.

MDA BLS Co-ordinator: Dr Morminah Nisa MBBS BSc (Hons)

Dr Morminah Nisa graduated from King’s College London School of Medicine in 2013 and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in pharmacology. She is currently a junior doctor in the Imperial College Healthcare Trust and has a particular interest in practising medicine for the elderly and medical education. Morminah is very keen on leading clinical teaching and improving patient safety. She has led several health promotion sessions within schools, targeting inner city ethnic minorities. Away from the wards Morminah enjoys travelling far and wide, learning Spanish and reading from a range of genres.

MDA Careers Advice: Hibah Ilyas RD AKC , BSc Nutrition and Dietetics 

Hibah Ilyas graduated from Kings College London in 2013 and is currently working as a Specialist Diabetes and Mental Health Dietitian in The London North West Trust. Whilst studying at Kings, she also undertook a three year course in Theology, Ethics and Philosophy and was recently elected as an Associate of Kings College London  by the authority of the College Council. Hibah has years of experience in volunteering with NGO’s and is passionate about Muslim youth work.  She is also studying Classical Arabic and Islamic Jurisprudence.

MDA Junior Doctor Liason:  Dr Zakia Akhteruzzaman MBBS BSc MRCGP

Dr Zakia Akhteruzzaman graduated from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine and completed an intercalated BSc in Philosophy. Her special interests include relief medicine, mental health and in particular mentoring and supporting the personal and professional development of junior doctors. Aside from work she is involved in charity work and running a local faith-based community youth group for teenagers. She is currently working as a GP in South London.

MDA Pharmacy Team: Salam Zemerly MPharm

Salam Zemerly graduated with a MPharm from Aston School of Pharmacy in 2011. Salam is now a resident pharmacist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and working towards a clinical pharmacy diploma. Salam is very passionate about developing and leading the role of pharmacists into the future and has a special interest in paediatric oncology and hopes to specialise in this field in the future. Outside of work, Salam has very high regard for time spent with family and friends. She also actively works with a number of charities supporting medical and humanitarian causes.

MDA Macmillian Cancer Support: Faizah Maryam Mustafa BSc (Hons)

Faizah is a Technical Analyst at Macmillan Cancer Support. She graduated with a 2.1 in Computer Science with Management from the University of Leicester. Her passion in IT has led her to undertake further study and qualifications including MCSA, MCITP, CCNA and ITIL. Outside of her professional life, Faizah’s role at Macmillan has inspired her to actively help, encourage and educate others in the community affected by cancer. Her other interests and hobbies include actively working with various charities to raise funds and awareness for humanitarian causes, keeping fit and mountain climbing.

MDA in collaboration with Health Matters: Dr Arsalan Zamir  MB BS BSc MRCGP

Dr Arsalan Zamir works as a GP in Watford and has a particular interest in public engagement and health promotion. He leads Health Matters, which has organised numerous interactive health seminars covering wide-ranging health topics at a community level in a variety of settings. These have also incorporated personal health MOTs for attendees and one-to-one tailored medical advice.

MDA Events Team : Dr Sarah Butt MB BS BSc (Hons)

Dr Sarah Butt is a medical doctor who graduated from Guy’s King’s & St Thomas’ School of
Medicine. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology from the University of
London. She has a special interest in medical education and is a part time Clinical Communications Tutor and examiner in undergraduate medicine at Imperial College London. Dr Butt is currently training in General Practice. She has interests in community medicine, international standards in medical education and the economics of the NHS. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys travelling and experiencing different cultures from around the world. She is a supporter of the Shakut Khanum Cancer Hospital, Lahore.