Early History

Fall of 1967 at the annual meeting of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) in Columbus, Ohio, few Muslim physicians notably Dr. Mobin Akhtar and Dr. Amjad Ali established the Muslim Medical Association as a branch of MSA and MSA evolved into the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

The following year from the Muslim Medical Association, a separate entity called The Islamic Medical Association (IMA) of US and Canada was formed and the annual convention was held in New York City. The founders consisting of a few Muslim physicians wrote the constitution, renamed it to Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA) and Dr. Bashir Zikria (IMANA president term 1969 -1971) obtained the tax-exempt status and created the IMANA logo. Dr. Zikria and the other founders laid IMANA’s foundation.

“The real strength of IMANA lies in the dedication and commitment of the numerous members who over the past 40 plus years have provided endless hours of volunteer time to maximize the impact of IMANA in relief work and educational outreach.”

History shared by Dr. Faroque Ahmad Khan, MD, M.A.C.P, served as the IMANA President from 1986 – 1988. He was the first International Medical Graduate Regent of American College of Physicians and the Professor of Medicine at State University of New York, Stony Brook (1985 – 2011). Dr. Khan is also the Director of IMANA International Collaboration.

The Journal of Islamic Medical Association published original research and reviewed articles, discussed complex biomedical issues, case reports, medical ethics and the history of medicine. JIMA was originally called The Bulletin of IMA and in September 1976 it was renamed to Journal of IMA (JIMA) and, later The Journal of IMANA. The first bulletin was published in 1970 by Dr Muhammad Umar, first editor of JIMA.
Note: JIMA is no longer in publication.

At IMANA’s annual convention in 1981 in Florida, a handful of visionaries worked together and established the Federation of Islamic Medical Association (FIMA), a registered body of 29 Islamic Medical Associations and 17 associate members worldwide, representing about 50,000 Muslim medical and health professionals. FIMA was incorporated in the State of Indiana as a not-for-profit corporation providing outstanding relief work, student camps as well as serves as a voice for thousands of its members across all continents.

In 1992, IMANA mandated the formation of IIIM at a council meeting of its executives in Orlando, Florida. IIIM was formed to collect, collate, catalogue, annotate, research and disseminate information about the History of Islamic Medicine. Islamic Medicine was the medicine that developed and was practiced during the Islamic period of civilization. IIIM also researches and publicizes the multitudinous contributions that Islamic Medicine made to the development of Modern Medicine. These are pioneering efforts by Dr. Husain Nagamia, Chairman of IIIM, who organizes resources to educate all about the rich past of Islamic Medical civilization and heritage.

In efforts to expand IMANA’s educational outreach initiatives, early president of IMANA, Dr. R.C. Amine, Neurosurgeon developed a program which paved way for IMANA members to share healthcare knowledge in the Middle East through teaching assignments. Hospitals and Institutions in the Middle East invited IMANA members to medical schools to discuss health care advancements. This initiative strengthened IMANA’s relationship in the Middle East and we launched a Clinical Observership program that allows international medical students to observe health care delivery in the States.

The IMANA Annual meetings are dynamic gatherings of renowned individuals in the field of medicine, religion and ethics to network with fellow industry leaders and spend time with the IMANA families at international destinations. The convention explores important issues facing the rapidly evolving healthcare environment with CME presentations to assist our physicians in keeping up with an advanced learning environment.

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