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An Indian origin doctor Hamid Abdul Hai died at the age of 77 in Chicago on February 25, 2021. He was not only popular in India but also a highly admired, approved and an in-demand cardiologist in the United States of America. He was also known for his active involvement in the community affairs and promoting brotherhood among the different religious sectors of the multicultural society.

Dr Hamid was born in a family who praised hard work and deeply valued studies (both worldly and religious education). Ever since his childhood, his father Dr Mohamed Abdul Hai inculcated fervour to gain the knowledge of Islam and made him a man of letters. The senior Hai sometimes even called Hamid “Maulana”, a term used to address a religious intellectual.

Though he was deeply interested in physics and chemistry in his youth, he decided to pursue his career as a doctor, following his father’s footsteps. His father ones told him “As a doctor you can help not only the people in your community but also all your relatives and friends”.

Dr Mohammed Abdul Hai

Dr Mohammed Abdul Hai (father of Dr Hamid) comes from a distinguished family of educationists. He was a renowned physician (F.R.C.P., Edinburgh, T.D.D. Wales), Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Prince of Wales Medical College, Patna (today this college is popularly known as PMCH). He was the personal physician for the president of India. His distinguished achievements were recognised by the government and he was honoured with the Padma Bhushan.

After completing his higher secondary education form Patna, Bihar, India, he got admitted to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and successfully earned his medical and post-graduation degree. Later he made his decision to travel to US for further education.

He moved on and received multiple fellowships and memberships which are as follows – Fellowship from American College of Cardiology, Membership at Order of William Harvey American College of Cardiology, Fellowship of American College of Chest Physicians, Fellowship from American College of Nutrition, Membership of American Medical Association, Membership of American College of Physicians, Membership of Society of Internal medicine. These are just to name a few. The list of his achievements goes on and on.

Dr. Hamid Abdul Hai with Dalai Lama

Bernard Lown was and American cardiologist and inventor. He developed the direct current defibrillator for cardiac resuscitation and the cardioverter for correcting rapid disordered heart rhythms. He was born on June 7, 1921 and died on February 16, 2021 at the age of 99 (just 10 days before Dr Hamid’s death).

In 2013, Dr Hamid successfully developed the New Cardiology Department at Sandoval Regional medical centre of University of New Mexico in Albuquerque in the United States. He continued serving the community by providing medical treatment, teaching and research in the field of cardiology.

Dr Hamid ones said that he was inspired by his elder brother, Dr Ahmad Abdul Hai. Currently Dr Ahmad Abdul Hai is a well known and a reputed surgeon in Bihar, India.

Dr Ahmad Abdul Hai

Dr Hamid continued preaching Islam at the same time and continues building bridges of opportunities for maintaining interfaith harmony and promoting understanding, cooperation and maintaining good relations among the person of different faith.
May his soul rest in peace

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Dr. Zareen Fatima

Dr Zareen is an ambitious general dentist working and residing in UAE. She is able to handle multiple tasks on a daily basis. Alongside her busy work schedule, she is a vivid reader, researcher, writer editor and is currently pursuing Masters in Public Health. In her leisure she brings out the forgotten history in the field of medicine and associated disciplines.