Saleem Islam, MD, MPH

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Biography

Saleem Islam, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of surgery and pediatrics and director of pediatric minimally invasive surgery in the University of Florida’s College of Medicine. He also is the associate medical director of the pediatric integrated care system (PediCare) in the department of pediatrics at UF and program director of the pediatric surgery fellowship program in the department of surgery at UF. Dr. Islam earned his medical degree from Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan in 1992 and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Massachusetts, where he also became chief resident. He then became a research fellow in the pediatric surgery laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School from 1996-1998 and completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan in 2003. Dr. Islam joined the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson as an assistant professor of surgery and assistant professor of pediatrics in 2003. He moved on at the center to become medical director of the extracorporeal life support program and director of the medical student clerkship in surgery, and meanwhile earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts in 2006.  He joined UF’s College of Medicine in 2007.He is a currently an Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor for the American College of Surgeons and has given more than 100 national and international presentations and has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications during his career. Dr. Islam is board-certified in general surgery and pediatric surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics. He also is a member of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, the Association of Academic Surgeons and chairman of the American Pediatric Surgical Association’s Outcomes and Clinical Trials Committee.Dr. Islam’s clinical research interests include pediatric gastrointestinal motility disorders, specifically gastroparesis. For treatment of intractable gastroparesis, UF has implanted permanent gastric electrical stimulation devices in 56 children and temporary gastric electrical stimulation devices in more than 90 children. No other institution has performed so many of these procedures. Dr. Islam’s research focuses on performing outcomes-based research pertinent to all aspects of pediatric surgery as he works to develop models of care that will allow for improved clinical care in the future.

Education

Master of Pubic Health
University of Massachusetts
2006

Internship - Surgery
University of Massachusetts
1994

M.B.B.S.
Aga Khan University
1992

Board Certification

  • Pediatric Surgery - American Board of Surgery
  • Surgery - American Board of Surgery

Honors and Awards

Equal Access Clinic Service Award
University of Florida
2010

All Star Clinician Teacher Award – top 4 clinical teachers
University of Mississippi Medical School
2007

All Star Clinician Teacher Award – top 4 clinical teachers
University of Mississippi Medical School
2006

Resident Teacher of the year award
University of Massachusetts Medical School
2001

Resident Teacher of the year
University of Massachusetts Medical School
2000