Our Founder,

Iftikher Mahmood, MD, FAAP


Dr. Iftikher Mahmood was born and raised in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. He obtained his medical from Chittagong Medical College, University of Chittagong, in 1987. After a short period of service 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. In 1996 Dr. Mahmood settled in Florida and established a successful pediatric practice in Miami. 

During his early days of medical education, Dr. Mahmood felt that there was tremendous unnecessary suffering being endured by impoverished women and children in the rural areas of Bangladesh. It was at that point that he decided to build charitable hospitals and clinics to serve them. 

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.  

In December of 1999, first outpatient clinic was opened by HOPE Foundation in a rented room with just one doctor providing medical care to poor people of the area. Since then, HOPE has built multiple hospitals, rural outpatient clinics, training centers, midwife-led birth centers, and so much more.  

In 2013 the foundation started midwifery training for the local women to serve the local community.

HOPE Foundation continues its efforts to address maternal health challenges and to reduce preventable maternal and newborn death. 

In 2017, during the massive influx of Rohingya refugees to Cox’s Bazar, HOPE Foundation mobilized huge resources to aid the refugees with healthcare. Under his leadership, HOPE Foundation established several women’s health centers and a field hospital for women, the only hospital that focuses on maternal care inside the refugee camps

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. Dr. Mahmood holds faculty position in Tufts Medical School in Boston, USA

Dr. Mahmood aims to continue developing programs that reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in Bangladesh to assist the Bangladesh in achieving its Sustainable Development Goals.


He lives in Cooper City, Florida with his wife and three children.