Wednesday, Aug 30, 2017
Whether or not he wears his white coat, Dr. Afu Abdul wants to positively impact the world.
That could mean helping one of his patients manage the stages of kidney failure, or that could mean serving a hungry family at the local soup kitchen. Whatever the method, his philosophy is the same.
“I just want to do good,” says Dr. Abdul. “That’s a huge reason why I’m a doctor. Medicine is one of those professions that explicitly allows you to make a positive impact on people’s lives. I want to help others take control of their health.”
“It’s a privilege to welcome Dr. Abdul to Harbin Clinic and I know he’ll serve the Cartersville and Calhoun communities well,” says Dr. Ishaque. “As we expand our services in the Bartow and Gordon County areas, Dr. Abdul brings a plethora of knowledge and experience. We’re very excited about it.”
Bonds That Last
Dr. Abdul isn’t shy about the bonds he feels toward his patients who, he says, are more like family to him.
“My interactions with patients make me happy to come to work,” says Dr. Abdul. “I feel a connection with them. My patients relate with me and open up to me as someone they can trust to do his absolute best for their health.”
He says he began to truly realize the importance of building good relationships with patients and their families early on in his medical career.
“Once, during my Internal Medicine Residency at Atlanta Medical Center, there was a man who was dying from lung disease,” Dr. Abdul recalls. “I didn’t just develop a relationship with the gentleman, but with his family, also.”
“Even though he passed,” continues Dr. Abdul, “his family was very appreciative of the care he was given. It taught me a lot about patient relationships. It was very humbling. That’s left a lasting impression on me.”
A World-Travelling Family Man
Born and raised in Bangalore, India, Dr. Abdul has had training worldwide. He received his Medical Doctorate degree from St. John’s Medical College in India, where he also completed an internship and residency.
Venturing to the United Kingdom where he spent time in Manchester and Liverpool, Dr. Abdul did a residency at Northern Ireland Deanery, National Health Services, UK.
Additionally, he completed a residency in General Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine in Atlanta Medical Center followed by a fellowship in Nephrology at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, GA.
“I’ve loved my time in all the places I have lived - in both the western and eastern hemispheres,” says Dr. Abdul.
Dr. Abdul and his wife Sana Nazeer, along with their daughter, 3-year-old Maryam and son, 1-year-old Abdul Aleem, are looking forward to setting down roots in Northwest Georgia. The family is excitedly awaiting the arrival of a third child in December.
“My family is thrilled to be living in the Northwest Georgia area now,” says Dr. Abdul. “This is a beautiful place with wonderful, friendly people.”
Caring Completely and Doing Good
Dr. Abdul is an avid tennis player and has dabbled in a variety of watersports, such as kayaking. He also enjoys spending his time and efforts for charitable causes.
“I’ve worked with various kidney foundations, with food banks and other non-profit organizations,” he says. “Giving back to the community is so important. I definitely look forward to working with some charities in Northwest Georgia.”
After getting to know the culture and community of Harbin Clinic, Dr. Abdul says he belongs with the medical specialty group that cares completely for its patients.
“Harbin Clinic is very patient-oriented, but it’s also very community-oriented,” says Dr. Abdul. “I love that about Harbin Clinic. At Harbin, you’re a part of something much bigger. That gives you a feeling of purpose… of doing good.”