ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani physician/scientist Dr. Faisal H Cheema was awarded $4 million to lead a cutting-edge research on heart transplantation.
Dr. Faisal H Cheema belongs to the rural areas of Wazirabad and Hafizabad and pursued education from Crescent Model School as well as the Government College, Lahore before moving to Karachi to attend medical school at Aga Khan University.
After graduation, Cheema moved to the United States and further trained and worked at Columbia University, Loyola University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland and University of California Berkley. He is currently a faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Heart Institute in Houston, TX.
Cheema has also served as Senator for the Ivy-League Columbia University and is involved with several professional, academic, community and philanthropic organizations.
Dr. Cheema’s passionate and altruistic work for young physicians contributed to the establishment of Committee for Young Physicians within Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent of North America, on which he served for more than a decade that included chairing it.
Yet again, Cheema has assisted hundreds of students in their search for residencies and/or advancing their medical careers in the US. He loves to mentor medical students and young physicians.
Ever since Dr. Cheema left his motherland, he continued to collaborate with various institutions in Pakistan and guide students from medical schools across the country.
Dr. Cheema has published more than 110 scientific manuscripts in high impact journals.
In due course of time, through strategic partnerships among academic, corporate, governmental and philanthropic institutions, Dr. Cheema’s mission is to make heart and lung transplant and artificial devices for end-stage heart failure and lung disease a reality in Pakistan.
He also aspires to develop a national organ donation and allocation system for Pakistan. Dr. Cheema and his colleague Dr. Jeffrey A. Morgan have been awarded $4 million in funding from Brockman Medical Research Foundation to lead cutting edge research on heart transplantation.