Dr Omar Atiq is the first Pakistani descent to be nominated as the next president of the American College of Physicians (ACP) and the second international medical graduate to be chosen for this position. The election, though single-slate, will be held in January 2020.
Given the reputation of the ACP as the largest specialized medical organization in the US with members in more than 145 countries worldwide, will surely make this moment historic for Pakistan.
Around 154,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students are registered as members of the ACP.
Dr Omar Atiq, a professor of medicine and otolaryngology was appointed by ACP as Chairman of the Board of Governors in April 2019. He has been a fellow of ACP since 1993.
He was studied at Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. to earned his medical degree.
Dr Atiq that based in Arkansas, was first recognized and gained a global appreciation for his charitable work. He wiped away $650,000 in debt for almost 200 of his patients with cancer in December 2019.
After he worked with a debt collection company to collect unpaid payments, he concludes that many families are struggling to pay the bills, especially after the pandemic.
He conveys the good news to his patients as a Christmas gift by sent out holidays cards to his patients, informing them that all their debts would be cleared.
In his Christmas greeting card for patients, he wrote that The Arkansas Cancer Clinic realized that although most bills for the majority of the patient were paid by health insurance, deductibles and co-payments, medical bills could still be burdensome for some patients. Based on that consideration, the clinic has decided to release all outstanding balances owed to the clinic by its patients.