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, Critical Thinker, author, and civic humanitarian. He has led the nuclear medical sciences department at the University of Louisville since 1980, and in 2010 accepted a position as Commissioner 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 Bijli 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 at Veerashaiva College, and in 1964 he earned a Diploma in Radiological Physics from the University of Bombay, now the University of Mumbai, followed by years as a medical physicist and radiation safety officer. He became the First Medical Physicist and Radiation Safety Officer in the State of Karnataka and worked at the Victoria Hospital, Bengaluru. Dr. Syed first traveled abroad and was appointed as chief physicist and radiation safety officer with the Halifax Infirmary in Canada. He served as Director of Medical Physics and radiation safety officer at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts. Dr. Syed attended Johns Hopkins to earn a ScD in 1972, becoming the First Indian ever to earn a Doctorate Degree in Nuclear Medicine Sciences. He served both clinical and teaching positions at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine until he joined the University of Louisville in 1979, becoming a Clinical Professor and Director of Nuclear Medicine Sciences one year later.
Outside of the classroom, Dr. Syed has been a PhD thesis examiner for the Universities of Delhi and Allahabad since 1996, and has consulted with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration since 1989. He served as Nuclear Medicine Technical Expert for the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) located in Vienna, Austria from 1986 to 1996 with field trips to developing countries. Under UNDP (United Nations Development Program) and CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) of Government of India, he visited Premiere Medical and Academic Institutions in India for two months in 1992.
He is Founder and President of 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 Muslim Journal Muslim Civilization Advancement Award, a 2002 Diversity Award and a 2008 Distinguished Service Award from the American Board of Radiology. In 1982, he received a Distinguished Community Service Award from the India Community Foundation in Louisville, KY. He also received the Hind Rattan (Jewel of India) from New Delhi, India in 1984. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Radiology, Fellow of the British Institute of Physics, American Institute of Chemists, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health. He was conferred with Ph.D. and D.Sc. degrees Honoris Causa. In 2017, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Veerashaiva College in Ballari.
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