Two Women Now Lead Major Muslim Medical Organization

Dr. Marium Husain and Dr. Anam Tariq begin two-year terms as president and vice president of Islamic Medical Association of North America

August 2nd, 2021

LOMBARD, Ill. — Dr. Marium Husain and Dr. Anam Tariq, longtime leaders and supporters of the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) will serve as the organization’s first time female president and vice president duo. Husain is heavily involved with IMANA’s work to improve public health education and domestic projects related to food insecurity, women’s health, reproductive health, and climate change. Tariq has long worked to promote public health education and access to preventive care with IMANA and the World Health Organization. Husain and Tariq assume their roles as IMANA continues to respond to the global COVID pandemic and organize international public health missions.

In addition to serving as IMANA’s board president, Husain is an hematology/oncology fellow at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and founder of the organization Science Jummah. Husain brings her expertise in public health and reproductive health. Tariq is a nephrologist, epidemiologist, clinical-researcher, and educator in Maryland and Washington DC, nationally recognized for her international volunteer medical work in Pakistan, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

“I first became involved with IMANA’s work over 11 years ago, motivated by my values as a Muslim to work for social justice and promote human rights,” said Dr. Marium Husain, president of IMANA’s Board of Directors. “It is an honor to serve as the first woman board president, and I am looking forward to the opportunity to deepen my commitment to IMANA’s powerful network of physicians committed to global human health. Our work is more important than ever as we continue to face the threat of a global pandemic and the increasing threats climate change poses to human health. I am grateful for the leadership, vision, and service of my friend and colleague, IMANA’s immediate past president, Dr. Nabile Safdar, and look forward to continuing to work alongside him.”

“It is an honor to advance IMANA’s work alongside Dr. Husain as vice president of the board,” said Dr. Anam Tariq, vice president of IMANA’s Board of Directors. “My values as a Muslim motivate me to use my skills to bring health care and medical relief to communities around the world, no matter a person’s background or nationality. During this inflection point in global public health, I look forward to supporting and guiding IMANA’s strong network of Muslim physicians where we can do the most good.”

Husain and Tariq will serve as president and vice president of the Board of Directors alongside treasurer Dr. Mohseen Rahman and secretary Dr. Labib H. Syed. IMANA’s Board of Directors comprises leading members of the Muslim community from all branches of medicine.

To speak with Dr. Hussain or Dr. Tariq about the future of IMANA and the work of the organization, please contact [email protected].

About the Islamic Medical Association of North America:
The Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) provides quality health care to people from all walks of life, and has provided global medical relief to more than 2.5 million people in 35 countries. IMANA also supports health care access and equity initiatives in the U.S. through grant making, medical debt relief and other programs. For more information, visit

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