Iftikher Mahmood, MD, FAAP
Dr. Iftikher Mahmood was born in the seaside town of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. He completed his high school and college education in the nearby town of Chittagong and graduated from Chittagong Medical College, University of Chittagong, in 1987. After a short period of training at a local mother and children’s hospital in Bangladesh, Dr. Mahmood moved to the US for higher education. Subsequently, he completed his Pediatric Residency from Brooklyn Hospital, New York and obtained fellowship training in Pediatric Endocrinology in New York Hospital – Cornell University Medical College. In 1996 Dr. Mahmood moved to Florida and established a successful pediatric practice in Miami which to date serves a large population in North Miami.
During his early days of medical education, Dr. Mahmood felt that there was tremendous unnecessary suffering being endured by impoverished women, mothers and children in the rural areas of Bangladesh. It was at that point that he vowed to build charitable hospitals and clinics to help them. A person’s socioeconomic status should not determine their access to critical healthcare.
In May 1999 Dr. Mahmood established HOPE Foundation for Women & Children of Bangladesh as a charitable organization in the State of Florida, USA. The mission of HOPE Foundation is to provide healthcare to the poorest and economically marginalized mothers and children in Bangladesh. He decided to establish a charitable hospital in his home town of Cox’s Bazar to provide medical care to the most neglected people in the community.
In December of 1999, the outpatient clinic was opened in a rented room with just one doctor providing medical care to all poor people of the area. Since then, HOPE has built multiple hospitals, rural outpatient clinics, sexual and reproductive health centers, training centers, birth stations, and so much more. HOPE Foundation continues its quest to address maternal health challenges and to reduce preventable maternal and newborn death. This includes providing critical antenatal and postnatal care, ensuring skilled birth attendants through HOPE’s own midwives, providing emergency obstetric care and eliminating obstetric fistula. Dr. Mahmood became a pioneer for his work in maternal care, midwifery, and obstetric fistula care.
The Rohingya refugee crisis in August 2017 strengthened Dr. Mahmood’s resolve to help all women in need, and to further restore dignity for women. Under his leadership, HOPE Foundation took a major leap forward, joined hands and collaborated with many national and international organizations. HOPE Foundation set up the HOPE Field Hospital for Women, the only hospital that focuses on maternal care for Rohingya refugees.
Dr. Mahmood has received many awards and has been honored to speak at many notable events, including Harvard University and the United Nations Commission on Status of Women. Through HOPE Foundation’s initiative, Dr. Mahmood aims to continue developing programs that reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Bangladesh to assist the Bangladesh Government in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Mahmood lives in Cooper City, Florida with his wife and three children.