Muslim Community Center for Human Services

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M. Basheer Ahmed, M.D., Chairman

Dr. Ahmed was born in Hyderabad Deccan – India in 1935. After graduating from Osmania University inBasheer Hyderabad India, he completed his medical degree from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Ahmed attended Glasgow University in Scotland to complete his post graduate studies in Psychiatry. Dr. Ahmed married Dr.Shakila Khatoon from Hyderabad December 1967. In January 1968 he moved to St. Louis, Missouri USA, where he served as the medical Director of Psychiatric Unit 1 at the St. Louis State Hospital and the Director of Psychiatric Services at the St. Louis County General Hospital.

His interest in academic psychiatry took him to the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 1971 where he served as the Assistant Professor of Psychiatryand executive director of Sound View Throgsneck Community Mental Health center for five years. During that time, Dr. Ahmed visited several European countries, including Russia, to familiarize himself with the psychiatric practices in Europe. In 1976, Dr. Ahmed moved to Dayton Ohio where he becamethe Professor of Psychiatry at Wright State University, and also the Chief of Psychiatry at the local VA Hospital. However, due to the extreme cold weather, and at his wife’s insistence, they moved from Ohio to Texas where he worked as a professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center –Southwestern Medical School Dallas Texas from 1978-1982. He alsoserved as the Chief of Psychiatry at John Peter Smith Hospital Fort Worth where he was responsible for training family practice residents in Behavioral Medicine.

In 1979, Dr. Ahmed became a member of the Tarrant County Medical Society where he served in several committeesincluding the Publication Committee, the Grievance Committee, and the Physician Rehabilitation Committee. He also served as the chairman of the Tarrant Chapter of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians and was the program chairman of the annual Texas Society Psychiatric Physicians meeting in Fort Worth Texas. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Project Access of the Tarrant County Medical Society.

In October of 1979, at the invitation of then President Jimmy Carter, Dr. Ahmed (as the President of Islamic Medical Association, 1978-79) met with thePresident at the White House along with 15 other Muslim leaders to discuss the Iranian hostage crises. Dr. Ahmed made a brief statement onbehalf of the Islamic MedicalAssociation, the Muslim Student Association, the Association of Social Scientists and the Association of MuslimEngineers.

In 1983, he left his academic carrier and entered into the private practice of psychiatry in Fort Worth. He served as a Director of Psychiatric Departments in several hospitals including St. Joseph Hospital, Psychiatric Institute Fort Worth, Oak Bend Psychiatric Hospital Fort Worth and Care Unit Hospital Fort Worth. He is currently serving as a Medical Director for the addiction treatmentprogram at Texas Treatment Services in Fort Worth, Texas.

Dr. Ahmed is the past president of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County, the past president of the Islamic MedicalAssociation of North America,the past president of the Board of Regents of the Islamic Medical Association of NorthAmerica, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Islamic Social Service Association. He is the foundingmember and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Islamic medicine. He is a member of Board of Directors of theMulti Cultural Alliance of North Texas (an interfaith organization). He is the founding member and the past president ofthe Institute of Medieval and Post- Medieval studies of North Texas.He also founded and served as the president of Hyderabad Cultural Society of North Texas.Recently, he was electedas a member of the Board of Regents of the Islamic Medical Association North America.
Dr. Ahmed has presented numerous papers nationally and internationally. He has published numerous articles in variousprofessional journals and has recently edited three books:
“Muslim Contribution to world Civilization” published by International Institute of Islamic Thought, Va.USA, 2005.

“Islamic Intellectual Heritage And Its Impact on the West” Published by Institute of Medieval and Post Medieval Studies -North Texas, 2008.

“Domestic Violence Cross Cultural Perspective” Published by Xilbris Corporation, 2009.

His name is recognized in “Who’s Who” in the East, in the Southwest, in America, in Science and Engineering, in Medicine and Healthcare, and “Who’s Who” inthe World.

Some of the awards he has received include:

Physicians Recognition Award by American Medical Association, 1974-2003.
Excellence in Medicine award by the Tarrant County Asian-American Chamber of Commerce, 2003.
Community Service Award, by the Daughters of Abraham, North Texas, 2005.
Appreciation Award by Pakistan Community Service, 2006.
Community services award by Dow Graduate Alumni Association, 2007.
Humanitarian Award, by Tarrant County Medical Society, 2008.
Recognition Award by Hyderabad Cultural Society, 2008.
Community services recognition award, by Association of Pakistani Physician, 2009.
Community services recognition by Islamic Society of North America, 2009.
Lifetime achievement award by the World Muslim Congress in Dallas TX in 2010.
Recognition award by the Islamic Medical Association of North America in 2011.
Pride of performance-A NGO Award by SAFEER E PAKISTAN a US NGO organization.

Dr. Ahmed has a passion for community services.In 1995, he established the Muslim Community Center for Human Servicesand has been serving as its Chairman ever since.The MCC is a medical, and a social service organization, helping indigents residing in the Dallas Fort Worth area (irrespective of religion race and country of origin),byproviding themwith necessary medical and social services.

In July 2012 Dr.Ahmed met President Barack Obama at a reception in Austin Texas

Dr. Ahmed enjoys traveling, photography and speaking engagements.

He lives with his wife Shakila Ahmed M.D. a Radiologist. Their son Sameer practices law in McAllen,Texas and daughter Araj is an attorney in Washington D.C.

Dr Basheer with County Medical Center President