Despite being the man who has the key to thousands of happy hearts, this man is unstoppable. Dr Zaim Nawaz, a renowned Cardiologist in Dallas, has recently taken over his responsibilities as the President of Pakistan Society of North Texas (PSNT). In addition to that, he also serves on the Board of Trustees at the ‘Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) – North Texas Chapter’ after having served the position of President in the past.
Dr. Nawaz has been immensely successful as a cardiologist. In his career, he has performed numerous procedures and has dedicated his career to taking care of patients with advanced heart failure. It is to his great satisfaction that he could give smiles to those who lost hope to live and survive serious heart ailments.
Growing up in a family full of doctors, he always knew that he wanted a career in Medicine. He is a third generation physician with his grandfather being the first physician in his family. He studied medicine at Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore. After his studies, he decided to train overseas to gain access to the newest technology and applied for residency positions in the US, eventually landing as a first-year resident at the Medicine Program in 1998 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. After completing his Fellowship in Invasive Cardiology and Cardiac Transplant & Advanced Heart Failure in 2010, he started his practice in the Collin County, Dallas cardiology Associates.
Along with his magnificent career in medicine, his efforts in serving the community are remarkable. In an exclusive interview with Asian Aces, Dr. Zaim Nawaz shared his vision for the growth of Pakistani-American Community. He answered our questions with all the humility. His message is clear ‘connect, contribute and celebrate’. He advocates ‘Don’t just do well’ instead ‘Do better’. He stresses the fact that Pakistani American community is one integral part of American society and should be seen exactly that way. He condemns the media image of Pakistani Community as an intolerant faith-based society, and hopes to improve it through his and collective efforts of Pakistani American community.
“Women represent the backbone of any society, and our society cannot succeed without their involvement. I, as the president of PSNT, invite all Pakistani-American Women to take an active part in the community welfare.”
You have a successful, and for sure, a satisfying career as a Cardiologist. What made you interested in Community Service?
I have always believed in giving back to the community. I was involved in charitable organizations right from Medical School and believed that the least we can do as a human being is to donate time to community services. I have been fortunate that in recognition of my services, I was offered various leadership positions at various non-profit organizations. I am thankful for people’s trust and support in me. I will continue to serve the community as much I can.
Pakistan Society of North Texas (PSNT) is the oldest and most established Pakistani American organization in the Dallas area. As a president, what is your vision for Pakistan Society of North Texas?
PSNT a non-profit cultural organization that serves the members of the Pakistani-American community in North Texas area. We are not a faith-based organization. As depicted by the flag of Pakistan, we value all faiths. We promote Pakistani Culture through various cultural and networking events that help business owners and professionals to connect and find opportunities to grow. This also allows Pakistani-American children to know about their roots and language.
My vision for PSNT is many folds, but the first and foremost priority is to change the image of the Pakistani-Americans to underline the fact that we as a community are a productive and valuable part of the American Society. We serve many roles in the fabric of our society. We have significantly contributed in the fields of Military, Medicine, Engineering, Finance and Information Technology. We also own small to large-sized businesses across various industries. Pakistani-Americans are an active and productive part of the Society and are very proud to represent the heritage of both the countries.
I would like to invite participation from other Pakistani and Non-Pakistani business and cultural organizations to be able to create better opportunities for the broader Business Community.
At various occasions, US congressmen and congresswomen have lauded the contributions of Pakistani professionals to the country’s healthcare system, and to different other fields. Still, it seems there is a lot more that needs to be done to revitalize the image of Pakistani Americans. What are your plans for achieving this vision of yours?
It’s a cultural assimilation issue. I think people should assimilate into various cultures. Until that exchange happens from other cultures to Pakistani culture and Pakistani culture to other cultures, the image will not improve. Cultural connect is the key, and we want to strengthen people and businesses with that confidence.
We cannot do that without their involvement. I think, so far, the greatest obstacle has been the lack of community participation. We are almost 80,000 Pakistanis living in North Texas, but only a small percentage has taken membership of the organization. We need to have every Pakistani-American in this area to become a member and participate fully for the purpose. To help facilitate membership, we have lowered our membership fees to almost nothing.
Please tell our readers about the kind of support PSNT provides to Pakistani-owned Businesses?
PSNT is committed to helping Pakistani business owners in taking a more proactive part in the community – not only to do well but also to succeed to be a more productive section of the Society. We can help right from the start by connecting business owners with the right resources. We also help established businesses succeed by giving them sponsorship opportunities at various events to enhance their visibility in the local market. Other digital advertising avenues are the part of the membership plan.
According to a report, the Asian population in Frisco is 4.9%, way higher than the avg. of 2.5% in Dallas. What does that mean for the Pak Businesses?
Frisco is one of the fastest growing cities not just in Texas but also in all of US. The population and economic growth in this part of the city lend itself for a perfect climate for investment and new business. With the population growth of the Asian sector, it will help spur businesses targeting that segment of the population. It will help both the consumers and business owners of the Asian section of the population.
How does the PSNT support Women Entrepreneurs & Professionals? Is there any particular program in place?
We plan to start a Women Wing of PSNT which will be lead by and catered towards not just women professionals but each Pakistani-American women to further not just business but cultural avenues. Women represent the backbone of any society, and our society cannot succeed without their involvement. I, as the president of PSNT, invite all Pakistani-American Women to take an active part in the community welfare.
Dr. Nawaz is one of the few UNOS certified cardiac transplant physician in North Texas. He has served as the Medical Director for the Heart Failure Clinic at Medical Center of Plano. He has also been appointed as the Chairman of Cardiology at Centennial Medical Center in Frisco among other leadership roles in his career. Dr.Nawaz has been widely published in the premiere cardiology journals, presenting in national cardiology meetings and has received the National Research Award (NRSA), an NIH sponsored training grant in Translational Cardiovascular Research.
About the Interviewer:
The Interviewer is the Lead Writer and Founder at Asian Aces.
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