Association of Physicians of Pakistani-descent of North America (APPNA) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering scientific development and education in the field of medicine and to delivering better health care, irrespective of race, color, creed, or gender. APPNA saves lives and relieves suffering through its participation in medical relief and other charitable activities both at home and abroad. Established in 1976, APPNA is one of the largest ethnic medical societies in North America representing more than 12,000 physicians and health care professionals of Pakistani descent serving across the United States and Canada.

As a part of constitution we are committed to support medical education and research. To form a peer group for support and career development of physicians of Pakistani origin in New Jersey. To facilitate better understanding and relations amongst Pakistani physicians and people of New Jersey.  To help in the orientation and adjustment of medical students and medical school graduates from Pakistan entering the US medical system in New Jersey by a variety of manners, including development of a mentoring program. To cooperate with medical schools and hospitals in Pakistan in ongoing continuing medical education by arranging lecture tours, conferences and workshops and to participate in medical relief and other charitable activities both in Pakistan and in North America.

APPNA – New Jersey Chapter:

  • Founded in 2003: Dr Shaukat Chaudhry was the first president

  • First annual dinner was held in November 2003

  • 2005: A very successful fundraiser was held for the victims of devastating earthquake in northern Pakistan. Aid worth $ 150,000 were raised with the collective effort of EC members, members and donors. Dr Avais Masud was the president.

  • 2008: APPNA’s summer meeting was held in NJ under the leadership of then central APPNA president, Dr. Mehmood Alam.

  • 2011: APPNA-NJ was registered as a tax exempted charitable organization under the section 501 (c) of Internal Revenue Code. The long process of achieving the status was led by Dr. Mohammad Zubair.

  • 2012: APPNA-NJ Free Clinic was established. Dr Shahnaz Akhtar was the president and Drs, Mohammad Zubair,Iqbal Jafri and Farooq Rehman  were also the key people in making this a reality.

  • 2014: Dr. Nasar Qureshi, an ex-president on APPNA-NJ, got elected as President elect of central APPNA. He served as President Elect in 2015 and is the current President of Central APPNA for  year 2016.