Farzanna S. Haffizulla MD FACP FAMWA
Assistant Dean, Community & Global Health at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Allopathic Medicine
Farzanna Sherene Haffizulla, MD FACP is the 2014-2015 national President of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and served as the South Florida AMWA branch President and one of its founding officers. She graduated summa cum laude and with University Honors in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from the University of Central Florida. She completed medical school at The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Her residency training was at the Cleveland Clinic Florida and at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio and she is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. As national President of the American Medical Woman’s Association, she led the organization into its centennial year. Her leadership vision is to build strong community, national and global networking by encouraging positive strides in healthcare, leadership, scholarship and academia and improving the synergy among health care and professional organizations. Under her leadership and vision, the formation of an affiliate program for AMWA was created. She continues to speak nationally on improving cohesion and communication among health care organizations and physicians. She is involved on many levels with AMWA including being the chair and founder of AMWA’s Preventive Medicine Task Force, founder of AMWA’s fellowship program and she served as the executive chair of the fundraising committee in addition to serving on Governance, Finance, Membership and Global health committees.
Dr. Haffizulla is the Assistant Dean for Community and Global Health at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Allopathic Medicine. Dr. Haffizulla joined the College of Allopathic Medicine in 2017 and provides essential leadership to the college’s faculty and staff to ensure the expansion, maintenance, and sustainability of community-engaged initiatives that promote human health and health education both domestically and abroad. These efforts will improve partnership and community engaged capacity building, as aligned with the institution’s mission and strategic plan.
Dr. Haffizulla is the on-camera show host, anchor and medical correspondent for the nationwide health program, Mission Critical Health. Dr. Haffizulla works with Elsevier’s Practice Update team as host of their Oncology series. As host, she has contributed to the production of more than 290 clinician-directed videos to facilitate the translation of the most updated scientific advances and research into improved patient outcomes nationally and globally. She currently teaches Honors Organic Chemistry to the pre-med seniors at American Heritage School and she is an Affiliate Clinical Assistant Professor of Biomedical Science at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University and a Voluntary Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Miami.
Dr. Haffizulla is also a full scientific board member for Shulman Institutional Review Board. She was chosen as a National Delegate, representing Florida for Drexel’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership’s Vision 2020 program. She also serves as a Physician Ambassador for Broward County’s Department of Health promoting prevention of disease in Broward County. Dr. Haffizulla has been invited as a thought leader in sessions at the National Institute of Health and the Office of Women’s Health as she continues to promote national health, wellness and disease prevention. As Chief Scientific Officer of Haven Home Health, her goal is to improve patient care with reduction of disease-related complications and hospital (re)admissions. She leads Haven’s “Walk with a Doc” chapter in Plantation, Florida.
Dr. Haffizulla has earned several awards including a Quality First Award from the Florida Heath Care Coalition, a “Leading Physician of the World Award” from The International Association of Healthcare Professionals and she was also selected as an “Outstanding Woman in Healthcare” by the International Women’s Leadership Association (IWLA). The IWLA also recognized her as a “Woman of Outstanding Leadership” in May 2014. In the winter edition 2014, she was featured in “Practice Link” highlighting her medical practice and work/life balance techniques. Dr. Haffizulla was also featured in the American College of Physicians “My Kind of Medicine” series in September 2014 shortly after receiving the Florida Chapter of the ACP’s 2014 award for Volunteerism and Community Service. Dr. Haffizulla also received AMWA’s Presidential Recognition award for her outstanding work and leadership in support of women in medicine, science, and research. In 2017, Dr. Haffizulla was chosen to receive AMWA’s prestigious “Bertha Van Hoosen” award, the namesake award of AMWA’s founder. Her empowering attitude and inspiration continue to embrace the professional community through her numerous national keynote speeches and lectures.
Recently, Dr. Haffizulla was chosen to receive a Global Award as “The Most Outstanding Advocate for Integrated Community Care in the World in 2017” at a ceremony in London on November 9, 2017. According to the selection committee, “Dr. Haffizulla is the most outstanding exemplar of embracing change in fostering the fusion of traditional medicine with telemedicine/house calls and health. The Global Awards honor the best individual and company performances in Seniors Housing/Care Trends, Healthcare Innovation, IT, and Medical Tourism sectors worldwide. The Awards recognize the rapid growth of these sectors worldwide, and the capacity of individuals to influence and set new performance standards across countries, regions and the world. The Awards focus on elevated performance, the creation of new business models, contrarian thinking, recognizing and embracing new trends, market leadership, inspirational performance and the elevation of the customer experience.
In April of 2018, Dr. Haffizulla is slated to receive a “Woman of the Decade” award in New Delhi, India from the Women’s Economic Forum and the All Ladies League. She will also serve as a plenary speaker at this auspicious event.
Dr. Haffizulla is a nationally recognized speaker and expert on work/life balance and published “Harmony of the Spheres: Career, Family and Community” in 2011. She also founded and runs a work/life balance site www.BusyMomMD.com. She authored and nationally published several articles to parenting and professional communities and in July 2014 published her second book: “Lead with your Heart: A Doctor’s Rx for Personal and Professional Success.” She founded and opened her own concierge, Internal Medicine hybrid private practice in 2008 after practicing in a traditional setting for 5 years. Her innovative, creative approach to medical practice allows her to efficiently fuse traditional clinical practice with technology. Her medical practice allows her to offer office visits, house calls and telemedicine to her patients. She describes her unique private practice on her personalized website: www.HousecallsMD.us. Dr. Haffizulla lives in South Florida with her husband Dr. Jason Haffizulla and their four children.