Doctor Ahmad has led a gifted life. It is rare that one can combine two distinct, but totally dissimilar, careers and achieve unprecedented success in both endeavors. Dr. Ahmad has done just that.
A graduate of the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan with a Medical Doctor degree, she began her medical career at Services Hospital as an Internal Medicine Physician in the Senior Gastroenterology Department where she assisted with fiber optic video endoscopic procedures. Thereafter she accepted an appointment with the National Institute of Child Health as a Casualty Medical Officer working with emergency patients. She rapidly progressed with that clinic to Assistant to the Director, assisting in all areas of the clinic. Thereafter, she started her own practice – Family Practice Health Care Clinic for Women and Children, providing all types of medical healthcare services for women and children.
Deeply concerned about healthcare and its availability to underprivileged women and children, Dr. Ahmad subsequently opened and built her own hospital, the Al-Rehman Welfare Trust & Medical Center in Karachi, Pakistan. With boundless energy, Dr. Ahmad hired and trained competent staff, organized all functional areas of the clinic and facilitated assessment, treatment and care for thousands of women and children who might not have otherwise had ready access to such medical services. In addition to the hospital, a school was also built to serve underprivileged children.
As though her medical career wasn’t enough to fill a busy day, Dr. Ahmad concurrently developed a second career in scriptwriting, directing, producing and hosting numerous highly popular television programs targeted at healthcare, nutrition, family planning and social issues. Comparable to a Martha Stewart of Pakistan, for many years, Dr. Ahmad hosted television programs on healthful cooking, family issues and nutrition.
She has graduated as a Health Counselor and qualified for national certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She has also received a certificate of completion for educational outreach from the Teachers College of Columbia University. Dr.Samina is a Chopra University certified Perfect Health Consultant and Ayurveda coach and runs her Wellness Center called ”Samina’s Wellness” in New York.
Dr. Samina Ahmad is presently the Business Manager for Junoon, (www.Junoon.com) a highly acclaimed, internationally renowned, Pakistani rock band that specializes in Sufi music promoting peace throughout the world. She organizes tours, books engagements, and manages business affairs, finances and publicity for the band. She recently negotiated in collaboration with the United Nations, a south Asian college tour for the band, to travel to Bangladesh, India and Pakistan to raise AIDS awareness. Samina led the band to memorable venues such as the Nobel Peace prize concert in Oslo in December 2007 and a historic first ever concert in Kashmir in May 2008.
Samina, along with her husband Salman have launched their latest initiative the Salman and Samina Global Wellness Initiative [SSGWI].The New York-based NGO focuses on three main areas: interfaith and cross-cultural dialogue;global health and wellness;and education.They organized a concert for Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, New York on September 12th ,2009 to increase awareness of the 3 million internally displaced persons in Pakistan.
Dr.Samina Ahmad was recognized for her achievements in the Pakistan Women Power100 list in 2012.