Annual Spring Meeting of 2016 was held at Crowne Plaza Natick on April 30th, 2016. The medical lecture was presented by Dr. Usman Qayyum on depression, its prevalence and the latest advancements in its treatment. Mr. Todd Shea, founder of Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS) a charity registered in both Pakistan and the United States was the invited guest. Drs. Muhammad Ramzan and Ehsan Mirza provided update on the LUMHS Literacy and Green School Projects respectively. Dr. Omar K. Siddiqi, a Cardiologist at Boston Medical Center presented SAMAR, South Asian Bone Marrow Stem Cell Registry project. The audiences were enthralled with live music from Nadeem Abbas and Deeba Sehar.

Fall Meeting 2016 :

APPNE hosted a fall social event/high tea in collaboration with Boston University Organization of Pakistani Students (OPF) on Saturday December 10th, 2016 at Boston University. The event included a panel discussion with health-related academicians. The guest of honor was Gold Star father, Mr. Khizr Khan.

The panelists included:
– Dr. Zahid H. Bajwa, Neurologist, Boston Headache Institute, Boston PainCare
– Dr. Amir A. Qamar, Transplant Hepatologist, Lahey Clinic
– Dr. Adil Haider, Trauma Surgeon, Brigham & Women’s Hospital
– Dr. Scharukh M. Jalisi, Head & Neck Surgeon, Boston Medical Center
– Dr. Khalid Shah, Neuroscientist, Harvard Medical School
– Dr.Joseph Calabrese, Assistant Dean of Students, Boston University School of Dental Medicine.

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Mohammed W. Akhtar, a Cardiologist from University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center. The main topic of conversation for this panel discussion was to explore career options in Medicine, Dentistry, and Bioengineering. Our guest of honor, Mr. Khizr Khan, spoke about his experience since receiving international attention following a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. He shared his vision for Muslims in America and what is needed for our community to get involved in civic engagement.