Board Members

Chairman

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 

Members

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.

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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 

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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.

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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.

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