Title: Medical Educator, Physicist
Company: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Location: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Ibrahim Bijli Syed, DSc, PhD, Director of Nuclear Medical Sciences at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science.
Dr. Syed is a prolific medical educator and physicist, not to mention a scholar, freelance writer, and civic humanitarian. He has led the nuclear medical sciences department at the University of Louisville since 1980, and in 2016 accepted a position with the commission on human relations with the city government of Louisville. Dr. Syed represents a larger body of Islamic scientists in America as a director of the board of the American Muslim Association of North America, as well as chairman of the state public relations committee of the National Association of Americans of Asian Indian Descent. Since 2007, Dr. Syed has given his time to the advisory board of the Partnership to Prevent Child Abuse in Louisville.
Originally from Bellary, India, Dr. Syed was born to Syed Ahmed Bijil Syen and Mumtaz Begum Syed in 1939. He attended the Veerashaiva College Ballari to earn a BS with honors, followed by an MS with honors and distinction from the Central College of Bangalore and the University of Mysore. He taught as a physics lecturer, and in 1964 he became a diplomate of the University of Bombay, now the University of Mumbai, followed by years as a medical physicist and radiation safety officer. Dr. Syed first traveled abroad as chief physicist with the Halifax Infirmary in Canada, and soon became a radiation safety officer in Massachusetts. Dr. Syed attended Johns Hopkins to earn a DSC in 1972, and served both clinical and teaching positions until he joined the University of Louisville in 1979, becoming head of his department one year later.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Syed has been a PhD thesis examiner of the University of Allahabad since 1996, and has consulted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1989. He founded the Islamic Research Foundation International in 1988 in Louisville, and has supported numerous other scientific and medical groups with his time and industry publications. Dr. Syed founded the Bijli Foundation Charitable Trust in Bellary in 2005, and supports a number of scientific groups, notably as a fellow of the World Health Organization. Dr. Syed is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently a 2010 Museum Journal Muslim Civilization Advancement Award and a 2008 Diversity Award from the American Board of Radiology.
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