We are fortunate to have a group of medical students & doctors that are fluent in different languages. They have been invaluable in supporting our videos in other languages. Please take a look at the profile of some of our AskDoc Champions.
AskDoc Champions Coordinator
Dr Yasmin Samir
Graduated from the University of Manchester in 2020, currently working as an academic foundation doctor in Manchester. Through her role as MedReach mentoring chair, she was heavily involved in widening participation to medicine. In 2020, she was highly commended by the university for her voluntary work and won the award for outstanding contribution to Access all areas. Interested in primary care, with a special interest in oncology/haematology and passionate about addressing health inequalities and widening access to healthcare.
Dr Bushera Choudry
AskDoc Vice Chair
Bushera Choudry is a GP trainer working in Salford. She has a special interest in women’s health & education. She is an undergraduate tutor for Manchester medical school. She is chair of Doctors Worldwide and is a trustee of FAMS – a charity supporting underprivileged students in Pakistan. She is a busy mum to a toddler. She is passionate about tackling inequalities in health and education.
Bushera was our Programme Lead from 2018, and had responsibility for developing training on ethnic minority health to health care professionals. She is appointed as Vice Chair from 2021.
Dr Naveed Iqbal
Primary Care Physician, Clinical Lead for Extended Hours Services. Humanitarian having worked in various parts of the world during refugee crises and war conflicts from Asia to Africa by providing medical care alongside international teams.
Naveed has created AskDoc videos highlighting different cancers,, which have subsequently been translated into different languages.
Dr Hina Siddiqi, AskDoc Secretary
Hina is currently working as a Sessional GP in Manchester and Oldham.She is also a member of the GMMMG. She represents the Medical Women’s Federation as an observer on the BMA’s Public Health Committee.Passionate about BAME health and reducing inequalities. Fluent in Urdu and Hindi as born and brought up in India.Outside of work Hina is an accomplished cook and mum to a teen.
Dr Amna Sadiq
“I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2013. After working at Royal Bolton hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary I completed my GP training in Manchester in 2018. I enjoy seeing a wide variety of conditions as a GP but in particular I like that being a GP has allowed me to work with to refugees abroad. In my spare time I enjoy acrylic painting, travelling and trying out new recipes.”
Dr Anita Raja
Anita is currently a GP in Birmingham completing her vocational training from Worcestershire VTS. Born and bred in Germany moved to Pakistan and completed her medical training there . While she was a medical student she worked full time as a Current Affairs anchor person for Pakistan Television as A plus category media person .She moved to United Kingdom in 2013 after finishing her house job . Her father is famous Pakistani journalist, author,educationist and her mother is Persian hence she is fluent in both languages , along with German . She has a passion for BAME equality and health related awareness within the South Asian community . She has two boys Nirvan and Rumi and is married to a Gastroenterology registrar , who is her biggest support.
Dr Abdul Mannan
“I’m a portfolio GP, I work as a GP Partner in Rossendale, lancashire. My other roles include GP trainer, Clinical Director of Rossendale West PCN, Deputy SRL for NIHR (National Institute of Health Research) and Founder Director of Blue Peanut Medical Education.
I’m a father to four children, an avid Manchester United fan and to make things edgy, I am a crazy Mountain Biker!“
Dr Ahmed Choudhury
Dr Ahmed Choudhury is a General Practitioner working in both Oldham and Levenshulme in Greater Manchester. He has been associated with Askdoc since its inception.
Dr Choudhury speaks Sylheti (a dialect of Bangla) which is widely spoken by the Bangladeshi population in the UK. This has been useful for him when working in Oldham which has one of the biggest communities of Bangladeshi origin in Britain.
With this skill set he has helped to run and organise health promotion workshops and presentations in the local communites of Greater Manchester. Recently with the pandemic he has produced educational videos in Sylheti to inform the Bangladeshi community about government advice regarding the recent health crisis
Dr Tania Hussain
I am a salaried GP and Trailblazer fellow, working in Sandwell and West Birmingham. My fellowship looks at health inequalities and I also have a special interest in paediatrics having been a paediatric registrar before joining general practice.
Dr Farah Farzana, AskDoc Trustee
Academic foundation doctor working in Royal Bolton hospital. Graduated from university of Manchester and has been involved with the AskDoc team since 2017. Previous widening participation mentor for UoM. Passionate about tacking health inequalities faced by the BAME community. Working towards educating and training healthcare professionals on cultural awareness
Dr Sara Al-Hashimi
GP registrar, mum of two and wife of a cardiology trainee.
Graduated from the University of Manchester and is currently training in the Salford area.
Previously involved in widening participation mentoring at the University of Manchester and is working towards becoming a portfolio GP with emphasis on education.
Enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing badminton and travelling.
Dr Sana Aburawa
Dr Sana Aburawa is a university of Manchester graduate and a current GP registrar working in Salford.
Having completed a masters in public and global health she has a special interest in BAME health inequalities in the UK and global health disparities.
A medical student currently intercalating in an MB-PhD in Cancer Sciences at the University of Manchester. Current widening participation fellow and senior medicine ambassador. Working towards surgical oncology and becoming a clinical academic. Hobbies include baking, running and travelling.
”I’m a current final year medical student at Lancaster University. Proud Northerner but Egyptian at heart. During my time at medical school I have been avidly involved with Widening Participation. I created a role for WP within our MedSoc and initiated a work experience project for WP students. I am also passionate about addressing health inequalities within the BAME community, especially the refugee community. I’m hoping to stay in the North West for my post graduate training and continue working with organisations such as AskDoc. Currently working towards specialising in Critical care and Surgery.”
“Hi! I’m an Egyptian medical student at the University of Birmingham. I have a strong interest in widening participation and have taken part in many WP initiatives at my university with our widening access society. I deeply enjoy working within initiatives such as AskDoc in serving the community and I can’t wait to be more involved in the future!”
“I am a fourth year medical student at Manchester. I joined AskDoc student society because I want to play an active role in educating the BAME community about their health and increasing their engagement with the healthcare system. Outside medicine, I enjoy swimming, road trips, and a good night’s sleep.”
Dr Preeti Shukla
Dr Preeti Shukla is a GP in Lancashire for the past 10 years
She is a also a GP appraiser , part of BMA GPC committee and policy lead for Clinical and Prescribing.
She is vocal on issues affecting ethnic minorities and in particular women and is a self proclaimed feminist.
Currently she chairs GP forum in BIDA and a committee member of GP survival .
She is involved as a clinician in PHP which offers confidential support and advice to doctors and dentists on mental health .
Dr Nargis Iqbal
“I’m a Junior Doctor currently residing in the West Midlands. I’ve had the privilege of graduating from both the Universities of Cambridge and London. After graduating from medical school I took time out of my career to focus on raising my children. I’m now a mother of 3 wonderful teenage lads who are my strength!
My passion lies in working with the under privileged regardless of colour, creed and background and would like to think of myself as someone who provides a voice for the voiceless.
I’m engaged with humanitarian aid work globally and am driven to be an advocate for those who are suffering in silence.
My main focus with the AskDoc Team is to address the Healthcare needs of the Pashtun Community by trying to overcome any potential language and cultural barriers in accessing medical care. I strongly believe that this is achieved through engagement which inevitably leads to empowerment.
Outside of Medicine and humanitarian work, I enjoy time spent with my family and loved ones and travelling. I am also fascinated by Social Anthropology, the ancient world civilizations and the role religion plays in different societies.“
Dr Milad Baburi
My name is Milad. I’m a junior doctor working in the West Midlands interested in a wide range of different specialties. I am currently in the process of deciding what I wish to pursue long term. I have decided to become involved with AskDoc after seeing the positive changes made by them in terms of helping to inform diverse communities in the UK on healthcare.
Dr Ismail Lunat
“I graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2002. I completed my GP vocational training in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in 2007 and now work as a Sessional GP in Batley and Bradford. ‘Variety is the spice of life’ and this is reflected in my work as a GP, tutor and supervisor for students and trainees. I am married with two children. My hobbies include DIY, gardening, astronomy and travelling.”
“I am currently a final year medical student at the University of Manchester. I spent the last year studying for a research masters in medical sciences focusing specifically on stroke outcomes. I’m a Swedish-Somali raised in Bristol, and strongly believe in healthcare accessibility.
During my time in medical school, I’ve been involved in the African-Caribbean Medics society, currently as the education co-lead delivering teaching sessions among other activities. I’m also lecture and diversity lead for the University clinical neurology society.”
“I’m a third year medical student at the University of Manchester. As a first generation immigrant, I understand the importance of outreach and the impact that it can have. During my time at university, I have been involved in such outreach work, ranging from mentoring WP students to working with Scrubbed Up to make medicine more accessible.”
Dr Tharanny Sri
Tharanny is a GP in Manchester and our AskDoc Champion for Tamil videos. She is a member of Equality Diversity Inclusivity group for HEE (NW)
She is also a member of the National Medical Schools Widening Participation Forum, Junior Doctors Committee
Dr Fazel Butt
Dr Fazel Butt is a GP Partner in Bury, Manchester. He is the Chair of Rochdale and Bury LMC. He helped develop a Covid-19 risk assessment tool called the SAAD score with colleagues, to assess risks to ethnic minorities from Covid-19.
Dr Gurpreet Badesha
Dr Gurpreet Singh Badesha is a General Practitioner working in Salford and Manchester.
He graduated as a Doctor from the University of Manchester in 2006.
His current roles include working as a:
- GP Trainer in Medical Education
- GPSI Dermatology for Salford Royal Foundation Trust
- Clinician at the Nightingale North West Hospital
- GP in the Extended Hours/Out of Hours Services
He is a British-Sikh who can speak and understand Punjabi. His passions include the Gym, Football, Food & Travelling.
Dr Gayathri Suresh
Gayathri Suresh, graduated from University of Manchester in 2019. Currently working as an academic foundation doctor in Leeds. Interested in increasing accessibility of healthcare within the BAME community. Interests include reading, cleaning, running.
Dr Cam Yousefpour
Hello, I’m Cam and currently working as a junior doctor in Sheffield. My particular interests lie in mental health and inclusion health. I spent my elective with the Homeless charity Pathways in London and have volunteered with asylum seekers locally and abroad over the years.
Dr Simona Juverdeanu MRCGP DCH DFSRH
Salaried Partner at Millbrook Medical Practice Stalybridge