Dr. Qanta Ahmed is a subspecialist board certified sleep disorders specialist and faculty attending physician in the Department of Medicine as part of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care Medicine at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola, New York.
She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York (Stony Brook). She practices sleep disorders medicine in Garden City at the Winthrop University Sleep Disorders Center where she treats adolescents and adults of all ages. She is also a non fiction author. Her first book, In the Land of Invisible Women (Sourcebooks) details her experience of living and working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and has been published internationally in 12 countries, and translated into three languages. A medical graduate of the University of Nottingham, England, she has been a physician for 20 years, and is now a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
She holds an Honorary Professorship at Glasgow Caledonian University at the School of Public Health where she is engaged in develop their nursing educational development program in The West Bank. Her academic interests include pulmonary infection, sleep disorders and public health issues pertaining to the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage Muslims make to Makkah each year. Her work relating to Hajj medicine has appeared in The Lancet and a number of other leading publications. She has been a regular faculty contributor to the American College of Chest Physicians for Sleep Medicine Education both in general session and in specific sleep medicine workshops including simulation center teaching. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post where she writes about issues pertaining to Islam, the Middle East, Medicine and global health diplomacy.
She has contributed editorials to CNN and provided radio/television commentary to public radio including Voice of America, WNPR and NPR, CNN and Live Five News. She has also been a speaker at the National Press Club in Washington DC, Boston Children's Hospital, The Medical University of South Carolina, Glasgow Caledonian University, the Saudi Arabian National Guard Health Affairs in Riyadh and Jeddah and many other national and international venues. She is an Op-Ed contributor to the Dutch National newspaper Trouw and she has also been published in the Jerusalem Post, The Guardian and the World Policy Journal. Testament to her writing, she was the first physician and first Muslim woman to be selected as a 2010 Templeton Cambridge Fellow in Journalism at the University of Cambridge, England this summer. She completed her treatise during this time on the psychological manipulation of Islam in the service of terror focusing on the cultural phenomenon of suicide bombing. Most recently she was honored by NYMOVES Magazine as a 2010 PowerWoman. She volunteers her limited time for Women’s Voices Now, a non profit foundation sponsoring the world’s first film festival focusing on Muslim Women and Girls in her role as a Member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Ahmed lives in Manhattan. Find her at the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/qanta-ahmed