Leadership

The leadership of Insight Hospital & Medical Center | Chicago is the body responsible for corporate governance, establishing policies and objectives, and management of the Group’s resources. Our leadership has a strong commitment to high standards of corporate governance.

Chairman

Ali Madha

Ali is the Chief Operating Officer and Board Member at Insight Chicago and is a Board Member of Insight Surgical Hospital.  He earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Since 2011, he has been a leader in all facets of Insight, from the largest projects to the smallest. He served as Insight’s Business Development Manager in 2013, and his management of the Negotiations and Appeals division for Insight’s medical billing has been the precursor to much of Insight’s recent years growth and expansion.

Board Member

Alaa Abdeldaiem

A former journalist, Alaa Abdeldaiem is now a Master’s student at the University of Chicago studying social work and non-profit management. She currently works at the Islamic Society of North America as a member of the institution’s youth department, overseeing the portfolio’s largest youth program, The Muslim Youth of North America (MYNA). She currently lives in Chicago and enjoys reading and writing in her free time.

Board Member

Pastor Dr. Henry Barlow

Humbled by the opportunity to serve, Reverend Dr. Henry A. Barlow has spent the better part of his life preaching and teaching the gospel. Licensed and ordained in 1981, Pastor Barlow has guided several congregations and countless souls seeking to know what “Thus says the Lord…”

He is a brother, husband, father, grandfather. He has been married to Lynita for 35 years, the father of 5 sons and grandfather to 7. He has also Pastored his 4 siblings.  Committed to education, Pastor Barlow hold the following degrees: Doctorate of Theology Masters of Theology and a Bachelor of Theology

As a community leader, he has served and chaired several organizations:

President and CEO

Atif Bawahab

Atif Bawahab is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Insight Chicago, as well as the Chief Strategy Officer of Insight Management and Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Insight Surgical Hospital. Atif identifies and develops strategic relationships with potential clients and partners while focusing on the vision for the company. He has been in medical practice and hospital management for over ten years and lead the acquisition of the Hospital. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking, Atif is always looking to grow Insight and be an advocate for the patients and employees he serves. Atif received his Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Healthcare Administration (MHA) from the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, he graduated with a Bachelors in Business Economics from Texas A&M University.

Board Member

Clyde El-Amin

Clyde El-Amin has had a long career as an educational and managerial leader, having retired after serving successfully in numerous positions including president of two local community colleges. He is actively involved in entrepreneurial and community service efforts in the Chicago area. He has served on advisory and governing boards of multiple not-for-profits committed to youth service, health, education, community development, and leadership development including as the current board co-chair of the Inner-city Muslim Action Network, which operates a federally qualified community health center with a collection of complementary community services. Over the last decade, he has served on the boards of Hales Franciscan High School, Leadership Development Institute (LDI), and Hip Hop Detoxx.  He was previously also a member of the Advisory Council of Upward Bound at the University of Chicago. He also served as a member of the Muslim American Advisory Committee to former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

He also serves on the Kennedy-King College Community Advisory Committee. He has served 30 plus years in College administration, having served in numerous leadership positions including as president of Olive-Harvey College and Kennedy-King College, two community colleges in Chicago. Along with District support, he oversaw major program enhancements, certifications and expansions and contributed significantly to campus construction and plant improvements. While serving as the Kennedy-King and Olive-Harvey College president he also served as an officer of the District of City Colleges of Chicago. Simultaneously,  he was an active member of the board of Team Work Englewood community development organization.

He was born and spent his early childhood in Montgomery, Alabama, and the surrounding rural community. There, his elementary school years were spent in the heart of the Civil Rights Movement.  He moved to Detroit when he was almost 13 years old and spent the remainder of his adolescent/high school years there. He became re-engaged in activism while a student at the University of Michigan, where he studied psychology as an undergrad and graduate student. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Spertus College where he earned a Master of Science Degree in non-profit management.

Board Member

Will Evans

Ustadh Ubaydullah Evans is the American Learning Institute Muslims (ALIM) ’s first Scholar-in-Residence.  He converted to Islam while in high school. Upon conversion, Ustadh Ubaydullah began studying some of the foundational books of Islam under the private tutelage of local scholars while simultaneously pursuing a degree in journalism from Columbia.

Since then he has studied at Chicagoland’s Institute of Islamic Education (IIE), in Tarim, Yemen, and Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, where he is the first African-American to graduate from its Shari’a program.

 Ustadh Ubaydullah also instructs with the Ta’leef Collective and the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN) at times. He currently lives in the Bronzeville neighborhood in Chicago.

Board Member

LaDale George

LaDale George leads the firm’s digital health practice.  He concentrates on advising innovative healthcare and technology clients on FDA regulated pharmaceutical and medical device (software) development and telehealth/telemedicine/teletherapy compliance. LaDale reserves about 10 percent of his practice time to provide legal services to charitable organizations.

Board Member

Pastor Chris Harris

Pastor Chris Harris, Sr. who is a native of Chicago, Illinois is the Senior Pastor of Bright Star C.O.G.I.C. (www.BrightStarChurchChicago.com) since November 18th, 1999. Recognizing the  need for more “community-minded clergy,” and due to increasing violence in Chicago, he  established Bright Star Community Outreach (www.BrightStarCommunityOutreach.com) in 2009.  This organization is committed to creating collaborative partnership program models designed to provide educational enrichment programs, anti-violence prevention and intervention activities along with good student incentives. With an operating budget of over $5 Million Dollars, BSCO provides employment to more than 450+ people annually and leads a collaborative of 105+  organizations in the Greater Bronzeville Community.

Pastor Chris Harris travels the country building relationships between African-American and  Jewish Clergy and has traveled to the Holy Land six times and led more than 70+ leaders to Israel.  Pastors’ 2012 trip to Israel prompted the development of the TURN Center (The Urban Resilience  Network) based on the Israeli model of NATAL in Tel Aviv. TURN endeavors to focus on five core competencies: counseling, parenting, mentorship, workforce development, and advocacy. Its unique model will utilize faith leaders as post-trauma counselors and use community surveys as the basis for services that directly correspond to the unique needs of constituents.

BCSO’s partners in this effort are: Northwestern Medicine, University of Chicago Medicine,  United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, CIGNA, MacArthur Foundation, and the Centers for Disease  Control (CDC) to name a few. This community impact project has received more than $9 Million dollars of support thus far. BSCO’s Trauma Helpline opened in July 2017 and our advocates have touched 650+ individual callers and our ambassadors have touched more than 45,000+ residents,  students, school administrators, etc. making them trauma-informed. Bright Star Church Chicago partnered with Howard Johnson to vaccinate 800+ people and has supported thousands of families with close to $1 Million Dollars in housing, utilities, and food support throughout the  COVID19 Pandemic with financial support from Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and other liberal partners.

Pastor Harris travels the country building bridges between African American and Jewish clergy and communities. Along with speaking and singing Hatikvah in countless synagogues across the country, he has taught students on various college campuses of the importance of Black – Jewish relations as well as how to combat BDS. For over a decade he has done extensive work with JUF,  ADL, AIPAC, JNF, AePi, Sigma AePi, USY, AJC, Simon Wiesenthal Center, and has led six trips to Israel educating more than 70+ faith leaders. His personal motto for this very important bridge-building work is, “We are better together.”

Please see awards and honors given to Pastor Harris provided below:

  • The Decalogue Society of Lawyers Community Service 2013 Award
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity Congressman Eliot Engel Award 2015/16
  • Near North Health Service Corporation 2016 Inspiration Award
  • The 2nd Annual Israel-Midwest Bridge 2016 Award
  • AJC Lawrence M. Adelman 2017 Award
  • Chicago Defender Men of Excellence 2017 Award
  • Honored by Comptroller Susana A. Mendoza for the 2017 African American History  Month Award
  • State of Illinois Treasurer Outstanding Commitment Community Service 2018 Award • Nami Chicago Light the Darkness Faith Based Leader of the Year 2018 Award • Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program/ Real Men Invest In Girls 2918 Award • Chosen Tabernacle Ministries You Make A Difference 2019 Award (Honored for the  Greater Bronzeville Neighborhood Network)
  • DuSable Alumni Coalition Mary Herrick Scholarship 2019 Award • Erikson Institute Early Childhood Leadership Honors for Completion of McCormick  Foundation Executive Fellows Program 2019
  • Leadership Greater Chicago 2021 Fellow
Board Member

Nadir Ijaz

Nadir Ijaz is the Chief Operating Officer for Insight Surgical Hospital.  He has over 13 years of healthcare experience and since 2013 has been a leader in various facets of Insight.

Nadir has published research in several medical journals including the Journal of Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America. He is a member of several professional organizations including NERVES, Neurosurgery Executives’ Resource Value, and, American College of Healthcare Executives. Recognizing the evolving landscape of healthcare, Nadir has received certifications in areas ranging from food protection from ServSafe to Infection Prevention from APIC.

On a personal level, Nadir is dedicated to the vitalization of underserved communities such as Flint, Michigan. He is a member of the Flint Society for Social Business and is on the board of Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village, a not-for-profit organization focused on the empowerment of youth. Nadir is married to Ayesha, with whom he shares an immense love for travel & adventure and as such, they have been to over 25 countries in 5 continents and counting. He has also completed the 180-mile MS-150 bicycle ride from Houston to Austin for four years in support of finding a cure for MS. He holds a bachelor’s degree in genetics and a minor in business from Texas A&M University and holds an MBA with a focus on operation and strategy from the University of Michigan.

Board Member

Muaz Jondy

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Board Member

Dr. Harriet Lewis

Harriet Lewis PhD is Founder/CEO of Konesens Development, a boutique consultancy that furthers peace and inclusion through corporate social responsibility/diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (CSR/DEIB) training and support; international trade; and tourism development.

In addition to Konesens Development, Dr. Lewis is a Senior Advisor at IMAN. In 2018, she was appointed as Honorary Consul for the Republic of Cabo Verde to the State of Illinois. She serves on the board and is the United Nations Representative of the Nigerian NGO, NEEDCSI, which fosters peacebuilding, violence prevention, and livelihoods training; is a Co-Chair of the Re-Defining National Security (RDNS) Working Group for Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS); and is on the DEI Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association-Illinois Chapter.

Dr. Lewis co-founded Konesens Research, a market research firm where she provided strategic analysis for businesses and quasi-governmental agencies in the areas of exporting and tourism development; and has held various executive leadership positions with nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that serve survivors of domestic violence, refugees and immigrants, formerly incarcerated individuals, small business owners, and urban youth. In 2004, she was recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ House of Representatives for her work on behalf of survivors.

A former Peace Corps Volunteer to Guinea-Bissau who trained in Cabo Verde, she is a member of several organizations and chambers of commerce, including Rotary One in Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and the Chicago International Trade Commissioners Association (CITCA).

Dr. Lewis has presented internationally to leaders in business, health professions, and government, and her current research interests include international development, social and economic equity, export promotion, human rights, interfaith social action, cultural conflict, peacebuilding, and workplace diversity and inclusion.  Dr. Lewis holds a Bachelor’s in Communications and Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a doctorate in Human Services from Walden University.

Board Member

Paul Luu

Paul Luu is a nonprofit advocate committed to building organizational capacity for mutual assistance associations (MAA) in the greater Chicagoland area. Luu works to strengthen organizations’ resources & development, board governance &  development, and strategic planning to better serve the greater Chicagoland area. Luu brings a diverse range of approaches to the nonprofit field, drawing from 25 years of nonprofit management & leadership, organizational practices & training, and nonprofit best practices.

Prior to the Chinese American Service League (CASL), Luu revitalized the Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI) by instilling a strong board of governance, operations, resource & development, and extending the organizational footprint in a neighboring county. Luu spent a decade with the Boys & Girls Clubs in many different leadership capacities from programs, operations, resource & development, an annual campaign, and Board governance. He worked with various Chicago community neighborhoods to help build and restore clubs to serve thousands of underprivileged youth. In the City of Chicago, Luu spent five years opening clubs in the West Garfield Park, Roseland, West Pullman, Morgan Park, and South Deering communities.  In Champaign County, Luu helped spearhead new Clubs in the Champaign and Urbana School Districts, faith-based organizations, the park district, and in underserved communities in Champaign.

Luu holds board membership and advisory council positions for UIC Chancellor’s AAPI Advisory Council, State of Illinois  Comptroller Susana Mendoza, the Chicago Alliance for Collaborative Effort (CACE), and Coalition for a Better Chinese  American Community.

Luu holds a BS from Illinois State University and lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.

Board Member

Dr. Naveed Mallick

Dr. Naveed Mallick is an experienced primary care doctor and sleep medicine specialist. He has served on staff at four safety-net hospitals in both internal medicine and pulmonary medicine departments. He has helped start several sleep labs in prominent health systems and has been involved in lab accreditation by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He currently directs two hospital-based sleep programs in the Chicago area.

In addition to having experience in both public and private health systems, Dr. Mallick has extensive experience in working in safety-net hospital systems including Sinai Health. He is also a staff physician at IMAN clinic which is a federally qualified health center. His career began at Cook County Health and Hospital System where he served for 16 years as a Senior Attending Physician in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

He is board-certified in internal medicine and sleep medicine credentialed by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Mallick has been awarded certification as an asthma champion and a specialist in clinical hypertension. He is a member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

He graduated from the University of Illinois medical school in 1997 and completed his residency at Rush University in 2000.  He is also a board-certified sleep medicine specialist, having completed his fellowship in sleep medicine at the University of Chicago in 2007. Dr. Mallick has lived and raised his family on the south side of Chicago for the last 20 years.

Treasurer

Atiq Nakrawala

Atiq Nakrawala is the Chief Financial Officer of Insight.  Atiq has been with Insight in various capacities and roles since 2013.  Atiq ensures the leadership team and managers are focused on ensuring Insights costs are controlled to the benefit of the patients while at the same time managing the growth of the company. Atiq serves on the board of Insight Surgical Hospital and Sylvestor Broome Empowerment Village. Atiq received his MBA from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain and his Bachelors from Wayne State University.  Atiq when not working loves to enjoy his time with family and friends.

Board Member

Kaleem Qazi

Kaleem Qazi is the Director of Business Development for Insight. Since 2020, Kaleem has led Insight’s outpatient, revenue cycle, and strategy departments. His previous experience includes progressive healthcare leadership roles at the top healthcare institutions in the state of Michigan.

Kaleem is dedicated to using his expertise in business development to promote the growth of the local economy. Kaleem has mentored entrepreneurs and has helped establish multiple businesses and jobs in Flint, ranging from retail clothing, nonprofits, and social media management. He also served as Regional Vice President for the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Scranton.

Board Member

Amjad Quadri

Amjad M. Quadri, Regional Manager, joined the Chicago office of Saturna Capital in June 2015. He brings experience in Islamic banking, including business and product development. Previous employers include Guidance Financial (Chicago) and University Bank (Ann Arbor MI). He has a BS in Information Decision Sciences from the University of Illinois.

Board Member

Habeeb Quadri

Habeeb Quadri is an educator, author, and youth activist. He’s been in education for over 20 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of MCC Academy. In August of 2019, Habeeb was awarded the National Distinguished Principal award by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) which was followed by both the Village of Morton Grove and Skokie each awarding him with a “Habeeb Quadri” day on October 28th and December 2nd. He is currently appointed at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Principals’ Advisory Board where he is a part-time staff member in the Professional Development Program. Habeeb is also a chairman of the Illinois Coalition of Nonpublic Schools (ICNS), representing more than 2,000 private schools. In addition to teaching and administering in both public and private schools, Habeeb has delivered over 1,000 lectures throughout the United States and several countries abroad on leadership, education, and youth. In 2006, Habeeb founded High Quality Educational Consulting, an education consulting company, from which he has conducted workshops for the U.S. Department of State, numerous local, national, and international schools and universities in countries around the world including Kenya, Singapore, Pakistan, Canada, Qatar, and more. For all the work he has done in the Muslim community, he was also awarded the Lifetime Educational Achievement Award by the Islamic Society of North America. He has also co-authored five books and written over a dozen articles on youth, parenting, and education.

Board Member

Maryum Rasool

Maryum Rasool, MSA, is the Executive Director of the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village (SBEV), a community organization on the north side of Flint, Michigan, that offers both academic and athletic programs to underserved, at-risk youth.  SBEV firmly believes that investing in young people is the key to creating compelling and lasting change in our community. SBEV serves over 1000 students and over 8000 families annually.  During her tenure as Executive Director, the SBEV received an award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to support culturally sensitive nutrition education and mitigation of lead poison, partnered with Jaden Smith’s organization to help provide clean water to the residents of Flint as well as securing a community impact award from the NFL Detriot Lions.  Additionally, under Ms. Rasool’s leadership SBEV has partnered with Grammy award-winning producers to provide music education to young people. SBEV’s music education work is an award recipient from the Lewis Prize Foundation. 

Originally from Boston, Ms. Rasool traveled the world with her family until they eventually settled in Flint, Michigan when she was young. Ms. Rasool has over 20 years of non-profit management experience.  Ms. Rasool is committed to serving Flint’s unique neighborhoods and its diverse people. Ms. Rasool serves on the boards of directors for the Wellness Services of Flint, MI., and Rabata, an international women’s group. On issues ranging from educational and nutritional deficiencies to economic and water crises, Ms. Rasool works tirelessly to transform Flint into a just and equitable city by removing the structural barriers that prevent children from reaching their full potential. She holds an M.S. In administration from Central Michigan University and a BA in organizational communications from the University of Michigan.

Secretary

Baseer Tajuddin

Baseer Tajuddin is General Counsel at Insight Management, Chief Compliance Officer at Insight Surgical Hospital and Chief Legal Officer at Insight Hospital and Medical Center Chicago. He has been practicing corporate and healthcare law for over ten years and been with Insight since 2014. He began his legal career at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell in Chicago before moving to a boutique tax and healthcare firm in the Chicago suburbs. Baseer spent time early in his career as a LegalTrek Mentor, mentoring minority college students interested in pursuing a career in law and serving as a judge in moot court/arbitration competitions in Chicago area law schools. He also served on the Associate Board of the Chicago Committee for Minorities in Large Law Firms. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar, and his professional memberships include the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers, the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He is also on the Governing Board at Insight Surgical Hospital. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law, cum laude.

Our Founder

Dr. Jawad Shah MD, FRCS(C), FAANS

Dr. Jawad Shah studied at McGill University in Montreal and the University of Manitoba prior to completing medical school at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, where he was also raised.

He began Ph.D. work in psychoneuroimmunology prior to embarking on specialty training in neurosurgery. He completed subspecialty fellowship training in skull base neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas. His areas of specialty include brain stem surgery, vascular neurosurgery, brain tumors, complex spine, and neuromodulation.

He is involved in extensive research projects including clinical, patent work, biological/mechanical, and electrical product development, industry-sponsored studies, and theoretical philosophy, among other areas. He is a faculty member at the Michigan State University Medical School. He also is Co-Director of the Center for Cognition and Neuroethics, jointly administered by the University of Michigan and Insight.

Dr. Shah has lived in Flint, Michigan, with his wife and children since the fall of 2003. When he is not working, he is constantly thinking of ways to better the community. He also enjoys snowboarding, fishing, scuba diving, traveling, and reading.

Dr. Shah’s many philanthropic efforts stem from his sincere desire to help others, and his mentality is the reason why Insight has consistently grown over the years. His vision is to selflessly give back by immersing himself in the community, and his philosophy and purpose set the tone for Insight’s character and mission.

One of the organization’s Insight has founded is the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village in Flint, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. The Broome center’s goal is to invest in youths in order to empower them to become leaders. Its programs and services include a summer day camp,  after-school academic programs, and a School of Champions athletic program, as well as youth journalism, music, and adult literacy programs. With his guidance, the location became one of the first water distribution sites after the Flint water crisis. Students have received multiple scholarships to a variety of in-state and out-of-state universities.

Among the projects which are special to him is the Chelsea Project, a medical research project involving manipulating the spinal cord in order to enable patients to move in a revolutionary manner, despite a complete injury.

His personal mission is to be an agent for social and economic growth in Flint through various research and education programs and nonprofit involvement.

According to Dr. Shah, Insight does not allow the dollar to deter them from their initiatives for social good, medical research, and medical advancements. The overarching goal and concept behind Insight are to help patients regardless of the economic scenario. No matter where a patient is in his or her life, Insight will be there.

It is with this ethos that Insight has sought to establish Insight Chicago as a world-class institute in the landscape of Illinois. It is the intent to reestablish the storied institution into a source of tremendous healing to the community and patients.