Board Members


Dr. Shafi U. Bhuiyan, MD, MPH, MBA, PhD

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan is an internationally-recognized leader in global public health education and research initiatives, with diverse experience in both developed and developing countries. He is Co- Founder and Program Manager of the innovative Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) Bridging Program at Ryerson University, which provides ITMDs with training to transition into non- licensed healthcare positions. 

Dr. Bhuiyan is a keen supporter of capacity building for the next generation of young professionals. He has taught for over 15 years in global public health graduate programs at Osaka University, in Japan, and the ASEAN Institute of Health Development, at Mahidol University in Thailand as well as at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Dr. Bhuiyan has a track record of developing active collaborations with academics, policymakers, and educational institutions, both nationally and internationally. 

Since 2013, Dr. Bhuiyan has been a board member and treasurer of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research (CCGHR), co-chair of the Capacity Building Program within CCGHR, and a liaison for the CCGHR University Advisory Council. He is also University Liaison for Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCh), the founding Chairman of Internationally Trained Medical Doctors Canadian Network (ICaN), and the founding member/scientific director of International Committee on MCH Handbook. He was instrumental in improving maternal, neonatal, and child health promotion in Bangladesh as the Founding Lead of the Maternal and Child Health Training Institute and MCH Handbook program, which led to a UNFPA Fellowship from the United Nations, a Japanese Government Scholarship, and a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Bhuiyan received an MD from the University of Dhaka, an MPH from Mahidol University, a PhD in Global Human Sciences from Osaka University, and an MBA in Global Healthcare Management from the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University 



Dr. Amal Rezk is one of Ryerson University ITMD alumni, currently enrolled in the Master of Science in community health (Family and Community Medicine) at the University of Toronto. She is also a research student at the Centre for Global Child Health- SickKids. Amal worked as an intern at the Department of Organizational Quality and Patient Safety at Michael Garron Hospital. Amal is an international medical graduate from Egypt. She worked as a university instructor, teaching medical students histology and cell biology at Mansoura University where she completed a master’s degree in Histology.


Dr. Amir Ahari is a Medical Doctor from Iran. After graduating from medical school, his interest in biotechnology and innovation led him to Harvard Medical School as a research fellow. During this fellowship, he focused on biomedical and tissue engineering of human organs. Furthermore, he pursued his interest in medicine in an entrepreneurship way by collaborating with digital health startups internationally. Meanwhile, he further developed his knowledge and skills in many the state of the art labs at UHN as a research assistant, which brought him more valuable experience. He successfully authored many articles in high impact journals. Recently, he started a master program in Community and Family Medicine at the University of Toronto while working on his startup.


Dr. Dilusha is a healthcare professional with a background in clinical practice and professional development program coordination. She has hands-on experience with tropical diseases, NCDs and medical emergencies in primary care and multi-specialty hospitals in Sri Lanka, India and Seychelles. A recent graduate of Ryerson University’s Internationally Trained Medical Doctors Bridging Program, she also provided program support and now sits on the board of ICaN. Dilusha is also a media enthusiast with a decade of experience as a radio host and creative writer. She enjoys writing for the ITMD Newsletter – Bridge, freelances as a technical writer, and is a member of the Pegasus global health conference media committee. Currently based in Toronto, she is collaborating in research focused on community clinics in rural Bangladesh. Dilusha is passionate about using evidence and effective communication to bridge health inequities and is eager to support ITMDs navigate career choices in Ontario.


Dr. Emal Stanizai is an internationally trained physician specialized in public health issues. He holds an MD degree from Afghan University and an MA degree from the University of York, United Kingdom. He also completed a one-year fellowship program at Georgetown University in the United States where he received a certificate in International Health and Advanced Studies. He has more than ten years of relevant work experience with public health projects and program management while working with national and international organizations, UN, and governmental agencies. His scope of work ranged from delivery of emergency humanitarian assistance during the conflict era to the development of more complex developmental programs in post-conflict situations. He has also been engaged with academic institutions such as the US Institute of Peace and Ryerson University. He has professional work experience in Afghanistan, Pakistan, United Kingdom, United States of America and Canada. He currently works as Research Coordinator in the Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University 


Dr. Maged Micheal is a dedicated internationally trained medical physician with diverse experience as a general practitioner, postgraduate researcher, critical care and emergency medicine physician. He has over 9 years of experience in front-line healthcare in Egypt. While pursuing his Masters degree in Critical Care, he researched stress ulcer syndrome in ICU patients. Micheal has a strong background in medicine and clinical practice, which is enhanced by exposure to the Canadian health care system by obtaining the Licentiate of Medical Council of Canada and observerships. Micheal is a graduate of the ITMD Bridging Program which advanced his knowledge and skills in research, health informatics, project management and professional communication. He is currently engaged in research on community
clinics in Bangladesh, looking forward to his practicum placement at Michael Garron Hospital and works as telemedicine assistant. He is very passionate about helping ITMDs succeed in the healthcare field in Canada.


Dr. Mohaddeseh (Moha) Gholizadeh is an internationally trained medical doctor with MD degree from Iran. She is a Healthcare Professional, with over 5 years of work experience with a balance of public health, clinical research and medical practice. She is a dedicated professional with diverse experience as a general practitioner, public health worker, and researcher in the healthcare field in Iran. She has been exposed to a diverse array of patients of different ages and medical conditions during her independent practice as a general practitioner. Moreover, she has public health and management experience as Director of Community Health Center in Iran. Through her work experience at the Community Health Centre, she provided primary patient care, health education, and preventive care across different target groups in an underserved area. As well she coordinated and conducted several national screening programs for breast cancer in the same population. Dr. Gholizadeh also worked as a researcher at the Cancer and Surgery Research Department – Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in Iran. Given her experience and skills, after completing the ITMD Bridging Program at Ryerson University, she completed a practicum placement at Women’s College Hospital (WCH). She assisted and liaised with principal investigators (PIs) and contributed to several international multi-centre research projects at Familial Breast Cancer Research unit (FBCRU). As an ITMD Alumni, she provided mentorship for new participants. As well she assisted with instructors of ITMD Program to prepare course materials.


Dr. Mohammad Biswas is an internationally trained medical doctor (ITMD). He practiced medicine for five years in various research-based, non- profit health organizations, focusing on primary health care initiatives at the community level in rural Bangladesh. Currently, he is a Teaching Assistant at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), University of Toronto. Mr. Biswas is a mentor at Johns Hopkins University. He is also a mentor of ITMDs post-graduate bridge training program and a board member of ITMDs Canadian Network (ICaN) at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University. He is continuing as a professional member at the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research(CCGHR) and an active member at the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA). Mr. Biswas is an advocate for strengthening primary health care services at the community level. His ultimate goal is to collaborate with policy makers to implement and scale up “low cost high quality” health care programs and policies for global communities.


Dr. Muhammad Mizanur Rashid Shuvra is a recent immigrant who has worked in the field of public health academia, research and
management in Bangladesh and the USA for over 13 years. His career began as a researcher with WHO, followed by teaching in different Universities in Bangladesh and the USA and as the Senior Research Investigator in icddr,b in Bangladesh. Prior to immigration, he assumed a management role in charge of 14 tertiary medical college hospital, as the Deputy Project Coordinator for the nationwide infectious disease surveillance in icddr,b. Currently Shuvra is the Quality Improvement and Decision Support Specialist of the Academic Family Health Team and the Research Manager with the Center for Urban Health Solutions at St. Michael’s Hospital. He had worked as the Research Assistant at Markham Stouffville Hospital prior to this position. Shuvra’s academic credentials include MBBS, MPH and an MSc in Early Childhood Development.


As an alumnus of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, I gained
valuable clinical experience throughout my undergraduate medical
education. I have also been involved in a number of research projects during my clinical practice, and published an original manuscript in 2013. After moving to Toronto, with a keen interest in Paediatrics, I began volunteering at Sick Kids and was shortly involved with the Thrombosis research team, in different capacities. I continue to gain valuable experience working with my wonderful team members and patients, who help me, develop my strengths and address my weaknesses. Following my training at the ITMDs Bridging Program at Ryerson University, I got the opportunity to pursue my post-graduate education in the field of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. I continue to pursue my professional development and am eager to move on to the next step.


Dr. Rijwana Haque holds an MBBS degree from University of Dhaka,
Bangladesh. She worked as an in -house physician in Bangladesh for several years and participated in many clinical research as a research assistant. Currently she is working as a research assistant volunteer at Bridgepoint Research Collaboratory and also conducting a research on Maternal and Child Health under supervision of Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan, A/Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health, Ryerson University. Rijwana Haque has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Public Health and Safety with distinction from School of Occupational Health and Safety at Ryerson University. She completed ITMD bridging program at The Chang School, Fall 2016.
She also received a scholarship for excellence in patient care as a
volunteer from Michael Garron Hospital in 2015. She conducted a
research in safe food handling as a student researcher at Ryerson
University and contributing for the development of community health as a nutrition aide at Providence Health Care, Toronto.


Dr. Shiva Barati a foreign trained medical doctor who, chose Canada as new home on 2010. Before landing in Canada as a permanent resident, he had had over eight-year experience practice Medicine, Management, and Leadership. In Canada, He actively participated in volunteer public services to provide service and build capacity in the members of my community. In 2016, he joined the ITMD Bridging program at Ryerson University after which he went on to the Master’s program in Community Health within the Family and Community medicine department at the University of Toronto . He is keen to provide mentorship in post-graduate training excellence, professional development, global public health education, health research management and career coaching.

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