The Promise and Perils of Religion in the Public Square
Dr. Qanta Ahmed is the author of In the Land of Invisible Women: A Female Doctor’s Journey in the Saudi Kingdom. She is a board certified sleep disorders specialist at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York. She is also associate professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (Stony Brook). Dr. Ahmed is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She practices sleep medicine exclusively in Garden City, Long Island. Previously, she has practiced pulmonary and critical care medicine in the National Health Service in the United Kingdom, in the National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and also at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. Dr. Ahmed holds an Honorary Professorship at the School of Public Health at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland. She is the first Muslim woman and the first physician to be selected to be a 2010 Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion at the University of Cambridge, England. She is published in World Policy Journal, the Guardian (London), the Friday Times (Lahore, Pakistan), Trouw (in The Netherlands), USA Today, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Daily, the Christian Science Monitor as well as peer reviewed medical journals. Most recently she has been invited to be a regular contributor to Pakistan's English daily, The Express Tribune, where she will be writing for the op-ed page.