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Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
August 13, 2017
M. Basheer Ahmed Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who
Dr. M. Basheer Ahmed has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the psychiatry and community services
ARLINGTON, TX, August 4, 2017, Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name M. Basheer Ahmed a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, M. Basheer Ahmed celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Supported by almost 50 years of industry experience, Dr. Ahmed works in private practice in Fort Worth, Texas. At the start of his career in 1968, he joined St. Louis County General Hospital as the director of the psychiatric department. Subsequently, he worked as an executive or medical director in various institutions such as Soundview - Throngs Neck Community Mental Health Center, N.Y, New York, VA Hospital, Dayton, Ohio, John Peter Smith Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Care Unit Hospital Psychiatric institute, New Horizon PHP Program, and Plaza Medical Center (all in Fort Worth Texas).
Over the years, he has also lent his expertise to many universities including The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, Prof. at Wright State University Medical School, Dayton, Ohio, Prof. at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas and Prof. the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth Texas.
A BSc graduate of Osmania University, Hyderabad India and Dow Medical College, Karachi University Pakistan. Dr. Ahmed holds an MD and is certified in Administrative Psychiatry, Pain Management and Addiction Medicine. He is a diplomat through the Royal College of Physicians Edinburg and London UK, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology USA. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Canada and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, USA. He is a member of Texas Medical Associations, was President of the Texas Society of Psychiatric Physicians Tarrant branch, Member of the board of directors the National Council of Community Mental Health Centers of North America, Secretary Bronx – NY Psychiatric Society and past president of Islamic Medical Association of North America. He is a past president of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County, past president and member of the Board of Directors for the Hyderabad Cultural Society of North Texas, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Multicultural Alliance, North Texas, as well as a member of other inter-faith organizations.
Throughout his lengthy career, he has contributed chapters to the books “Group Counseling and Psychotherapy” (1976) and “Administration of Mental Health” (1980). He edited the books: “Muslim Contribution to World Civilization” (2005), “The Islamic Intellectual Heritage and its Impact on the West,” (2008) and “Domestic Violence Cross Cultural Prospective” (2009). A chapter was written on Dr. Ahmed's work in the book "Inspired to Serve" by Mark H. Masse. News about his work has been published in numerous newspapers in various cities including St. Louis Missouri, New York, Fort Worth and Dallas-Texas.
Dr. Ahmed was also a visiting professor at Kuwait University, attended the World Congresses of Psychiatry in Grenada and Rio de Janeiro, and enjoyed lecture tours in Amsterdam, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, China, Rome, Istanbul and Riyadh, South Africa and Samarkand Uzbekistan among others. In 1979, he was invited to the White House by President Carter during the Iranian hostage crisis.
In addition to his many lauded personal and professional accolades, he has earned many awards for his work in the field including the Physician Recognition Award from the American Medical Association, Outstanding Contribution in Medicine recognition from the Tarrant County Asian Chamber of Commerce, Community Services Award from Daughters of Abraham, Recognition Award for Medical Services from Pakistan Community Services, Humanitarian Award from the Tarrant County Medical Society, and the Community Services Recognition Award from the Islamic Society of North America ISNA, Peacemaker of the year award, by Dallas Peace Center and Achievement award by Multi Cultural alliance of North Texas to name just a handful. In addition to earning grants from the Hogg Foundation, University of Texas Health Science Center, U.S. Department of Justice, Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Meadows Foundation. Dr. Ahmed has been featured in Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and Who's Who in the World.
Dr. Ahmed is married to Dr. Shakila Ahmed a radiologist and has two children, a son Sameer an Attorney in McAllen Texas, a daughter Araj an attorney at US Navy, Washington DC.
Dr. Ahmed founded and was the President of the following organizations:
Hyderabad Cultural Society of North Texas founded in 1992.
Dr. Ahmed established this organization to remind people from Hyderabad, India who live in DFW metroplex about their heritage, cultural and traditions and to preserve and enhance the cultural and social aspects of Hyderabadi way of life.
Muslim Community Center for Human Services (MCCHS) founded in 1995.
MCCHS was established to provide Medical and Social Services through AL-Shifa medical/dental clinic to the indigent residents of Dallas/Fort Worth area irrespective of Race, Religion and Country of Origin. It also provides Mental Health Services and Counseling to victims of Domestic Violence.
Institute of Medieval and Post Medieval Studies (IMPMS) founded in 2009.
The mission of IMPMS is to make people aware of the great contributions of the Islamic civilizations to the west and indeed to the whole world by presentations and disseminations of written and Audio-Visual Material, as well as by organizing conferences and special events on this subject.
Institute of Quranic Research for Intra-Faith Acceptance (IQRA) founded in 2014.
IQRA is organized to build harmonious inter-faith and intra-faith relationships. It was formed to monitor and intercept potential local or global challenges and pressures towards the prevailing harmonious relationship among the people of different faiths and different sects of Islamic faith.
My message to young Americans
We are fortunate to live in the greatest country on earth. The United States is the most diverse and inclusive culture on earth. Everybody has the freedom to practice their religion without fear of persecution and we all have a right to the freedom of expression. Unless you live in some other countries of the world you will not realize the importance of having these freedoms. The people of the United States are free to pursue any dream or ambition they have. You make your own destiny if you have a dream and discipline.
Personally, I strongly believe that if a person believes in God, surrenders to His will and does righteous things, he will be rewarded. Therefore the decision about salvation will not be made in the name of his religion, but on the basis of his behavior. Those who choose good behavior, kindness, morality, and serving of humanity will be rewarded. Those who neglect the feelings of others and follow evil will be punished.
Therefore, instead of arguing and fighting about which religion is true and which religion is false, we must pay attention to our own religion, our own behavior and make sure that we follow the guidelines prescribed by our sacred book. God gives all human beings the freedom of choice to do good or to engage in evil deeds.
The basic tenets of the 10 commandments are common in all religions. The primary purpose of religion is to serve humanity, live in peaceful coexistence, have cordial relations with each other, show dignity for all human beings and promote universal human rights and justice.
Tolerance, acceptance, and showing respect and dignity to people of all faiths is the only way that people of different religions of the world can live together in peace and harmony. Tolerance should be the main objective to build a harmonious and cohesive community. Therefore followers of all religions should be tolerated, even if they hold what others may perceive as ‘intolerant’ beliefs.
In this country we have the freedom to disagree, but if our goal is to live peacefully among one another we must learn to treat all people with respect, regardless of their race, religion, color, or creed, even if we don’t agree with their beliefs.
Dream big, aim high, work hard and pursue your dream. Strive to be the best you can be and achieve your full potential and create your own legacy. When you become successful, serve others by sharing and giving back.
In recognition of the outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, M. Basheer Ahmed has been featured on the Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.
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