April 10, 2014

Qanta A.A. Ahmed MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM

Qanta AhmedDr. Qanta Ahmed is a subspecialist board certified sleep disorders specialist at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. Dr. Ahmed is appointed Associate Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (Stony Brook) USA and holds an Honorary Professorship at Glasgow Caledonian University at the School of Public Health.

A graduate of the University of Nottingham, England, she has been a physician for 23 years, and has practiced in the United Kingdom, the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She is a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Her academic interests include infection, sleep and public health. She is a recognized expert on health issues pertaining to the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage Muslims make to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and has published in the area of public health security pertaining to the Hajj. Her work relating to Hajj medicine has appeared in The Lancet, the CDC Yellow Book and other leading publications. More recently she has focused on the area of health security challenges to the Pakistani Polio Program.

Dr. Ahmed is also a non-fiction author. Her first book, In the Land of Invisible Women (Sourcebooks 2008) details her experience of living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and has been published internationally in 13 countries including in translation and is now in its 12th edition.

She is also a prolific opinion journalist and a frequent Op-Ed contributor to the American, British and Israeli media.  Her articles have been published in published in  The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, The Daily, The Telegraph, The Daily Beast, Pakistan’s The Daily Times, Gulf News and the World Policy Journal. Recently she has contributed to Fox News Opinion, The Times of Israel, Israel’s Ha’aretz and  The Jerusalem Post. She has long been a contributor to the Huffington Post and has in past been a columnist for USA Today.  She has also contributed editorials to CNN.com, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, The Blaze and others. Over the years she provided radio and television commentary including the BBC World Service, Voice of America, WNPR and NPR, CNN, Fox, C-Span, Glen Beck Television, Al Arabiya, Israel’s IBA Channel 1 and others. Her articles have been translated into Dutch for The Netherland’s national paper, Trouw.

She was the first physician and first Muslim woman to be selected as a Templeton Cambridge Fellow in Journalism at the University of Cambridge, England. During this time she completed her treatise on the Psychological Manipulation of Islam in the service of terror, focusing on the cultural phenomenon of suicide bombing. As a result of her work she traveled to Pakistan’s SWAT Valley to meet with rehabilitated child jihadists, formerly operatives of the Pakistan Taliban. Her recognized expertise lead to Dr. Ahmed’s first opportunity to testify to US Congress in June 2012, at the request of the Homeland Security Committee as a witness for the Majority in the 5th Investigative Hearings on Radical Islam in the United States at the request of Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Congressman Peter King.

Dr. Ahmed is a noted speaker in both her fields of medicine and journalism. She has addressed the National Press Club in Washington DC, Boston Children’s Hospital, The Medical University of South Carolina, The University of South Carolina, The Union League Club of Philadelphia, The Citadel, Cambridge University, Glasgow Caledonian University, the Saudi Arabian National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh and Jeddah, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health, the US Consulate in Jeddah, the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, FIFA’s medical research committee at Qatar’s Aspetar in Doha (home of the 2022 World Cup), The Menachen Begin Center, in Jerusalem Israel, The Bar Ilan University, The IDC in Herziliyah, Israel  and many other national and international venues.  In 2013 she was honored to deliver a keynote address in Herziliyah at the IDC’s Institute of Counter Terrorism’s Global Summit on Counter Terrorism. She has addressed the Beit Issie Shapiro community in Ra’anana, Israel on the role of democracy in the protection of minorities.

She has been privileged to address religious congregations at Temple Emmanuel in Charleston South Carolina, KKBE also in Charleston and Temple Sinai in Roslyn New York.

In 2010, she was honored by NYMOVES Magazine as a Power Woman. She volunteers her limited time for Women’s Voices Now, a non profit foundation sponsoring the first film festival focusing on Muslim Women and Girls in her role as a Member of the Board of Directors.  In this capacity she has provided expert commentary to “Honor Diaries”, a film that brings together activists (many of them Muslim women) fighting for gender equality and the human rights of women in Islamic societies. She is also an active member of the OpEd Project, representing them as an OpEd Alum Ambassador in New York City. She is now engaging in a new documentary examining the religious persecution of minorities where her focus will be on the sectarian persecution of Muslims.

In 2012 Dr. Ahmed completed her first fiction work at the invitation of Akashic Books published this spring in an anthology of stories in ‘Long Island Noir’, edited by noted author Kaylie Jones. Dr. Ahmed lives in New York. Follow Dr. Ahmed on: http://twitter.com/MissDiagnosis and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/qanta-ahmed or locate her at www.qantaahmed.com.