Dr. Omar is the first physician of Pakistani origin and only the second international medical graduate to be selected for this position.
Atiq, who founded the Arkansas Cancer Clinic in 1991, is the only candidate for the post and the elections will be held in January next year.
Pakistan’s envoy to the United States Asad Majeed Khan also shared a tweet as he hailed the stupendous achievement. “A proud and historic moment for the Pakistani American community, we acknowledge and appreciate this outstanding professional achievement”, he wrote on Twitter.
Dr Atiq got his medical degree from the Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar, Pakistan. He is board certified in medical oncology, haematology and internal medicine.
In April 2019, he was named chair of ACP’s Board of Governors and has been a fellow of ACP since 1993. After acting as the president of the Arkansas Medical Society, Dr Omar now serves on the Arkansas State Medical Board. He has also served a four-year term as governor of the Arkansas Chapter of ACP.
ACP is one of the largest medical specialty organization in the United States. The membership of the college includes 154,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists and medical students in more than 145 countries worldwide.