DAANA was established with the goal of unifying all alumni under one umbrella organization. Our mission is to foster collaborative relationships between alumni of DCMS through educational and cultural programs and to help the underprivileged through philanthropic activities.
DAANA CURRENT BOD MEMBERS
The Board of Directors (BOD) serves as the governing body of Deccan Alumni Association of North America (DAANA). The BOD consists of alumni of Deccan College of Medical Sciences (DCMS), nominated and carefully selected by peers based on their credentials. The BOD is comprised of a President, Secretary, Treasurer and Officers.
Dr. Moizuddin is from the 1988 Batch of DCMS. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. During his training in New York he was awarded “Resident of the year” award for exemplary performance. His clinical interests include Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, COPD, Overlap Syndrome and home non-invasive ventilation. He is a founding member of DAANA Mentorship Committee and serves on various other DAANA Committees.
Location: Dallas, TX Medical Education: Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India Residency: St. Barnabas Hospital, Bronx, NY Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship: University of South Carolina School of Medicine Sleep Medicine Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Sleep Medicine Affiliations: American Medical Association, American College of Chest Physicians, American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Dr. M Taruj Ali is from the 1990 Batch of DCMS. He is board certified in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine as well as Sleep Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Sleep Lab at Pulmonary Associates of Richmond. Dr. Ali also practices at Henrico Doctors Hospital. He is married to Dilshad Ali and they have three children. Taruj likes traveling, biking, nature, swimming, cricket, and spending time with family and friends.
Location: Richmond, VA
Medical Education: Deccan College of Medical Sciences Hyderabad, India
Residency: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center – Columbia University
Fellowship: St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center – Columbia University
Board Certifications: Diplomate, American Board of Sleep Medicine American Board of Internal Medicine – Internal Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine
American Medical Association
Richmond Academy of Medicine
American Thoracic Society
American College of Chest Physicians
American Academy of Sleep Medicine
Medical Society of Virginia
Society of Critical Care Medicine
American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (life member)
Fellowship: Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Sleep Medicine
Affiliations: American Medical Association, American College of Chest Physicians, American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Noorani is from the 1994 Batch of DCMS. He is board certified in Psychiatry and is an Attending Psychiatrist at Allegheny Health Network System Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. He specializes in Psychosomatic Medicine and Transplant Psychiatry. He is married to fellow DCMS alumnus Dr. Juwaria Baig and they have two children, Salwa 7, and Ammar 5. Dr. Noorani enjoys traveling, music, nature, and playing cricket. One of Dr. Noorani’s life mottos is, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow”.
Location: Pittsburgh, PA Medical Education: Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India Graduate training: Masters in Public Health, University of Illinois, Springfield, IL Residency: Bergen Regional Medical Center, New Haven, CT Fellowship: Yale University, New Haven, CT
Dr. Mujahid Ali Syed is a mental health specialist who has devoted his life to the betterment of humanity through his professional, philanthropic, and community service in White Rock, British Columbia. Dr. Syed trained in India, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Dr. Syed is a qualified specialist in psychiatry and a fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is working as a consultant psychiatrist and addiction specialist and heads the department for mental health and substance use at the White Rock MHC & Peace Arch hospital. He holds an academic appointment as a clinical lecturer at the University of British Columbia. He is also a fellow of the International Institute of Organizational Psychological Medicine.
Dr. Syed’s professional activities extend locally, nationally, and internationally. Having worked with diverse populations on three continents, and eloquence of many languages, Dr. Syed has a keen understanding of the cultural and linguistic nuances that are essential for establishing rapport with people of diverse backgrounds from all age groups. He is active with educational programs and as part of the scientific committee for ICPA, organized well-acclaimed CME programs with International speakers. For the UBC Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Syed is a site director for the Postgraduate education program at Peace Arch hospital.
Dr. Syed strongly believes in the ethos of educating and empowering the poor. Dr. Syed’s leadership role in the governance and stewardship of non-governmental organizations and professional associations has been exemplary. He is a co-founder and honorary CEO of Care Educational Societies, co-founder and vice president of Step to Humanity, founding Board of director for Deccan Alumni Association of North America(DAANA), secretary of Indo-Canadian Psychiatric Association (ICPA), and on the executive board as a community representative for British Columbia Psychiatric Association (BCPA).
Dr. Ismail Shakaib is from the 1993 Batch of DCMS. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. He is in private practice as a Nephrologist in Chicago, IL with Northwest Healthcare Associates. Dr. Shakaib graduated in the top 3% of his Medical School Class and has been practicing since 2004. His special interests include Acute Kidney Injury, Chronic Kidney Disease, and ESRD.
Location: Chicago, IL Medical Education: Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India Residency: Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL Fellowship: University of Chicago, IL Affiliations: American Medical Association
Dr. Farha Ikramuddin is an alumnus of the 85 batches of DCMS.
She completed her elementary and middle school education at The Indian Embassy School in Jeddah KSA. She graduated her high school at St Georges Girls Grammar school in Hyderabad, completing her intermediate education at Stanley Girls College.
Dr. Farha started with Internal Medicine at UPMC Pittsburgh, but a holistic approach to patients piqued her interest in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Following completing her residency in PM&R, she was invited back to academia by her Chair to lead the inpatient unit. Her practice involves Neurological Rehabilitation, with a special focus on spasticity leading to her outpatient clinics in Botox for migraine headaches and spasticity following stroke.
Her research interests are in stem cells as a treatment modality following the initial stroke, and rehabilitative approaches to ameliorate neural plasticity
Being part of ‘The emerging Physician Leadership program’, peaked interest in administration, and she completed “A Master of Health Administration”. As such, her career has taken a turn to administration. She is currently the Medical Director of Neurosciences for Neurology, Neurosurgery, Endocrinology, and PM&R.
Location: Deephaven, Minnesota Medical Education: Deccan College of Medical Sciences Residency: Internal Medicine: University of Pittsburgh Center
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: UPMC and University of Minnesota Further Education :
Masters of Health Administration, Carlson School of Management Faculty Appointments :
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota
Medical Director of Neurosciences, Clinics and Surgery Center
Site Director for the PM&R Residency Program Board Certification :
Board Certification in PM&R Affiliations :
Dr. Jabeen Taj is an alumnus of the 1997 Batch of DCMS. She did her elementary and middle school education in Sharjah, U.A.E before moving to Hyderabad, India for higher secondary education. Her intermediate (pre-med) education was at St. Ann’s Junior College for Women in Hyderabad. At the time, she was interested in studying Genetics but admission to Deccan College of Medical Sciences got her interested in the epidemiology of diseases and Internal Medicine. After completing her residency in Internal Medicine, her interest in cardiology led her to the University of Iowa where her primary clinical duties were as a cardiovascular hospitalist. Working closely with advanced heart failure and transplant/VAD patients, she decided to pursue a fellowship in supportive care/palliative medicine and is now leading the cardiac palliative care program at Emory. Her research interests include the management of non-classic symptoms of heart failure, embedded clinic models of supportive care for advanced heart failure patients in the outpatient setting, and population health.
Dr. Taj enjoys spending time with family, adventure sports, and traveling. She is an avid reader and enjoys classic literature.
Location: Atlanta, GA Medical education: Deccan College of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India Internal Medicine Residency: St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ Fellowship: Hospice and Palliative Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA Faculty appointments: Clinical Assistant Professor – Medicine, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Clinical Assistant Professor – Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Medical Director – Cardiac Palliative Care, Emory University Hospital Board certification:
ABIM board certified in Internal Medicine
ABMS – HPM (Hospice and Palliative Medicine) Affiliations:
Member, American Medical Association
Member, American College of Physicians
Member, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Dr. Yasmin Ansari is from the 1990 batch of DCMS. She is a board certified geriatrician and Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University. Her clinical interests include palliative medicine and care of the elderly and under-insured population.
Location: Portland, Oregon Residency: Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, NJ Fellowship: Geriatric fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University, OR Board Certifications: American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine – Geriatric Medicine Affiliations:
American College of Physicians
American Medical Association
American Geriatric Society
Dr. NASEEM MAJID, MBBS, MDHM, With an experience of over 17 Years in Health care Industry, highly Business and process-focused professional with a keen interest in strategic business planning for new and existing hospitals with exposure across the healthcare ecosystem, including Hospitals, Clinics, Women and Child care, Insurance, Business Development, Maintaining quality standard as per NABH, JCI, etc.
Location: Hyderabad, INDIA
i) Apollo Institute of Hospital Administration, Osmania University, Master’s Degree in Hospital Management (MDHM) – 2013
ii) Deccan College of Medical Sciences, NTR University, MBBS – 1994 Batch
Activities and Societies: General Secretary DAA-DCMS Alumni Association (Deccan College of Medical Sciences).
i) Chief Operating Office, Femcity Hospital Pvt Ltd , Nov 2017 – Present
ii)Associate Vice President (Head-Marketing and Business Development), MaxCure Suyosha Woman and Child Hospital, Apr 2016 – Apr 2017
iii)Medical Coordinator & Manager, Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited, Mar 2015 – Apr 2016