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Dr. M. Khalid Riaz is co-founder of the Human Development Foundation, and serves on the Board of Trustees, and as the Chairperson of the Human Development Foundation of Pakistan. He also served as Co-Chair of the Human Development Foundation of North America from 1997 – 2007. HDF has successfully implemented a holistic model of community driven development to achieve millennium development goals for over one million under-privileged people at the very extreme margins of survival in Pakistan. He has spoken around the world about the Human Development Model, including being a keynote speaker at the Word Congress of Philanthropists in Istanbul. He was recently recognized in a Georgetown University Publication as one of the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims in the World’ for his work in developing and nurturing this movement.
Dr. Riaz is a practicing interventional cardiologist by profession, residing in Suburban Chicago area. He has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has served as the Co-Chair of the Cardiovascular Division at Sherman Hospital, Elgin, Illinois. He was recognized as one of the top cardiovascular physicians for women in a Castle Connolly survey of doctors and hospital medical leaders regarding ‘highly-skilled exceptional doctors’. This achievement was highlighted in the 2011 “Top Doctors” issue of Chicago Magazine.
In 1974, he helped organize the physicians in training at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and served as the first Vice President of the then newly formed House Staff Association of Cook County Hospital. This organization played a pioneering role in the struggle for quality healthcare for the indigent population of Cook County, Illinois. Dr. Riaz was recognized for his role, with an award for meritorious services for “making the lives of house staff and patients at Cook County Hospital easier”. He has also served as the President of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA), and received the APPNA Gold Medal in recognition of “distinguished services and selfless dedication”. He is the recipient of multiple other awards in recognition of his services to the community and his profession.
He has also served as President of the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA), Co-Founder Pakistan Political Action Committee (PakPac) and Member Board of Advisors at the American Pakistan Foundation.
Dr. Riaz has published numerous academic publications and his achievements have been highlighted through multiple awards. In addition to being one of the subjects of the award-winning PBS documentary series “Visionaries”, his work has been covered by, Pakistan Link, Dawn News, Geo, PTV, Dunya TV, Express-News, CBS, PBS, ABC, Chicago Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Daily Herald, Time Magazine, the Washington Post, Huffington Post and more.