The Ismaili Health Professionals Association (IHPA) fosters the professional and personal enhancement of Ismaili Health Professionals and promotes a tradition of service to others

The IHPA is an association of Ismaili health professionals established in 1993 under the aegis of Aga Khan Health Board for USA. Based on the ethics of self-reliance and sharing, the association has been working to foster professional and personal enhancement of Ismaili health professionals and at the same time promote a tradition of service to others. IHPA strives to achieve the following goals:

  • Foster the professional and personal development of Ismaili Health Professionals
  • Enhance networking among Ismaili Health Professionals, both nationally and internationally
  • Provide a resource base for health-related humanitarian activities
  • Encourage and assist students to pursue careers in health-related fields by serving as mentors, role models and advisors

Examples of IHPA sponsored activities include:

  • Opportunities for IHPA members to serve in health-related volunteer positions, both nationally and internationally
  • Providing health domain specific expertise to institutions involved in health-related activities in the developing world
  • Working in conjunction with other institutions to promote knowledge and awareness of health-related topics within the Jamat and also in the broader community
  • Forums to promote networking and capacity building among Ismaili health professionals
  • Creating tools to assist students interested in allied health professions to identify mentors and foster their academic development

All IHPA members are expected to uphold the highest level of professional and ethical conduct. IHPA membership is offered to:

  • Ismaili health professionals (including all allied health fields). This includes not only professionals who are currently involved in health-related fields, but also people who have previously worked in or trained in health related fields
  • Students who are interested in pursuing careers in health-related fields
  • Ismaili professionals from non-health related backgrounds (i.e. business, administration, teaching) whose professional activities lead them to interact in a meaningful way with health professionals or with the healthcare industry

Meet the IHPA USA Leadership Team

Ali Zul Jiwani, MD, MSc – IHPA National Lead​
Dr. Jiwani is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston where he serves as the Director of Interventional Pulmonology.  He has clinical expertise in both interventional pulmonary and thoracic oncology. He focuses on patients with benign and malignant airway and parenchymal lung disorders and pleural diseases. He has a particular interest in lung cancer screening, diagnosis and staging, the development of minimally invasive lung cancer biomarkers as well as benign airway stenosis.  When not working his passions are in woodworking, cooking and spending time with his family.
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Shabina Virani, RN, MSN, CPNP – IHPA National Honorary Secretary
Mrs. Virani is a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children’s Health and University of Texas at Southwestern in Dallas, Texas. She has been practicing in the specialty of pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology for over 17 years. She treats children with chronic abdominal pain, feeding difficulties and chronic liver diseases. In her free time she enjoys baking, traveling and spending time with her family.
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Asif Najmuddin, M.D., IHPA Lead, Central Region
Dr. Najmuddin is a critical care physician in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area at Medical City Denton.  He completed his MBBS from Aga Khan University, and completed his internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care training at West Virginia University. “I carry a passion to serve our Jamat in the healthcare field to my utmost potential.”
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Alyaz Somji, D.O., IHPA Lead, Florida
Dr. Somji is an internal and functional medicine physician in Orlando, Florida. He is an osteopathic physician who graduated from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at Palmetto General Hospital where he was also a chief resident. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and trained by the Institute of Functional Medicine and Functional Medicine University with extensive training in modern medicine, nutrition and natural wellness.
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Zehra Kanji-Ghaziani, DNP, FNP-BC, RNC, OB, IHPA Lead, Midwest Region
Dr. Kanji-Ghaziani is a nurse at an underserved outpatient family clinic on the south side of Chicago. She started her career at the University of Illinois at Chicago for her undergraduate degree where her passion for health care grew before going on to graduate with first her Masters in Nursing followed by her Doctorate of Nursing practice from DePaul University. She has a passion for Women’s Health and works as a registered nurse on a labor and delivery unit. She has served as part of the local health board for the last 7 years and finds immense joy in serving our community locally, nationally and internationally.
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Razia Rehmani, MD, IHPA Lead, Northeast Region
Dr. Rehmani is a board-certified dual fellowship-trained neuro and musculoskeletal radiologist practicing in New York. She is Chief of Neuro and Musculoskeletal Imaging at St. Barnabas Health Care System where she also serves on the Medical Board. She is passionate about neuro and musculoskeletal imaging in the digital world including advanced imaging techniques with PET CT and MRI with an interest in oncology. Her current research work includes a spectrum of neurological and neuroimaging findings of COVID 19, barotrauma associated with COVID 19 as well as multisystem and vascular complications of COVID 19. When not working she enjoys teaching, traveling and acrylic painting.
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Shaila Kabani, DDS, IHPA Lead, Southeast Region
Dr. Kabani is originally from Hunza, Pakistan and is currently practicing general dentistry in Atlanta, GA at Kabani Dental-Cosmetic and Family. She graduated from College of Dentistry at University of Illinois at Chicago. Before moving to the United States, she was a practicing dentist in Hunza, Pakistan at Aga Khan Health Services. She has previously served as an IHPA lead and a member of AKHB for SE region from 2015 to 2019, and has participated in numerous jamati projects.
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Rehman Sheikh, M.D, IHPA Lead, Southwest Region
Dr. Sheikh is a general gastroenterologist and an Assistant Professor at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He obtained his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Both his internal medicine residency and gastroenterology fellowship training were at Baylor College of Medicine. He enjoys sports, traveling and spending time with friends and family. He believes education, preventative care and regular health care screening exams, such as colon cancer screening, are incredibly important for the Jamat.
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Sana Jivraj, M.D., IHPA Lead, Western Region
Dr. Jivraj is a practicing family physician in San Francisco, California. Originally from Toronto, Canada, where she completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto where she studied she studied neuroscience and public health. She went on to pursue her medical degree at St. George’s University, and completed her residency at an affiliate of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey. Dr Jivraj currently practices full spectrum family medicine, with special interest in pediatrics, women’s health and adult/geriatric care. She believes that medicine should put nutrition, wellness and prevention on the front lines of health care, while using data-driven decisions to meet patient needs. In her free time, Dr Jivraj loves to practice yoga and cook.
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Sana Khimani, DDS, IPMP Co-Lead
Dr. Khimani is a practicing dentist in Austin, TX. She graduated from UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry before establishing her own practice.
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Khadij Assani, D.O., IPMP Co-Lead
Dr. Assani is originally from Los Angeles, California and completed her undergraduate degrees in Physiology and Religion at University of California, in Los Angeles while also completing a study abroad program in London. She then spent a few months in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, bringing the best practices of modern medicine to East Africa. She went on to attend medical school at A.T. Still University in Phoenix, Arizona and is now a first year internal medicine resident at Skagit Valley Hospital in the state of Washington. As an osteopathic physician, Khadij hopes to treat her patients holistically and provide empathetic, compassionate care. Khadij believes that perseverance and hard work are the keys to success and hopes to create a lasting impact on her patient’s lives.
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