Life Member Dr. Cheema reaches the University of Columbia Senate

Columbia University Senate announced its official election results yesterday. Dr. Faisal H. Cheema was elected as a University Senator of this Ivy League Institution. Dr. Cheema will represent his constituency comprising of several thousand research officers in this university-wide legislature.

Faisal H. Cheema, M.D., a Life Member of the KSS, is a Associate Research Scientist in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and the Director of Cardiopulmonary Tissue Repository (CAPTURE) at College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University - New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Additionally, he is a key member of Heart and Lung Organ Procurement Team of New York Presbyterian Hospital and supervises one of the largest single institute clinical databases of heart transplantation. Over the last several years, his research interests focused on cardiac transplantation, robotic cardiac surgery, surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation, cardiac and renal stem cells, ischemia-reperfusion injury and shock. He earned his medical degree from The Aga Khan University, Pakistan in 2000. In 2001 he completed a clinical research fellowship in heart transplantation in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and the Robert Van Kampen Heart Transplant Resource Center at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL. In 2002 he moved to Columbia to finish his post-doctoral research fellowship and stayed on as research faculty. He co-founded Aegis Cardiovascular Research Foundation in 2008 and currently serves as a Board Member. Dr. Cheema is co-author of over 50 scientific manuscripts and over 100 abstracts. He has presented his research at conferences worldwide. Additionally, he has also written book chapters and secured several grants to support his research work both from private and federal funding agencies. He serves as reviewer on several scientific journals. He has been elected as a member of several professional societies and is very active in academic, philanthropic and community organizations. He is currently serving as Secretary of The Aga Khan University Alumni Association of North America. He founded Young Pakistani Physicians Resource Center in 2004 and ever since innumerable young physicians of Pakistani-descent have been helped towards advancing their career in United States through this online portal.