From the floor of the House of Representatives at the US Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., Congressman Max Rose (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) recognized Dr. Mohammad Khalid and referred to him as a man who truly embodies the American dream.
“He came from Pakistan and settled on Staten Island where he opened his dental practice, worked hard for to provide for his children and family, and both of his children are successful attorneys,” said Rose, in praising the community leader.
He added: “Dr. Khalid considers it his moral and ethical duty to help others. And he shows that every single day, not just in his professional life, but through his passion for community service. He is a cultural ambassador on Staten Island. He serves as president of the Iron Hills Civic Association and as president of the Pakistani Civic Association.”
Rose explained the way in which Dr. Khalid stepped to the plate after the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001.
“Dr. Khalid and the Pakistani Civic Association worked to bring Staten Islanders together,” Rose said. “Now doing this for 15 years they’ve serve meals and share their culture all for the betterment of our community. I’m proud to represent such a diverse and inclusive community full of leaders like Dr. Khalid who exemplify hard work and great determination that make this country so great.”
In speaking of the distinction, Dr. Khalid, chief of dental services at Sea View Hospital Rehabilitation Center & Home since 2014 and a dentist who’s been in private practice on Staten Island for 41 years, stated:
”It is a great honor in my life that I was recognized in the United States by Congressman Max Rose. I thank the members of the Iron Hills Civic Association and the Pakistani Civic Association for their trust and confidence in me to represent communities. He further explained: “We will continue doing good things for Staten Island as Staten Island is our home where we all live and care for one another. It certainly is a dream come true for an immigrant from Pakistan to be recognized by the United States Congress. May God bless our great country, the United States of America.”
Dr. Khalid embarked on his career in medicine following his parents’ dream and came to view his profession as a “God-given gift.”
He earned a bachelor of dental surgery degree and did a general dentistry internship at Khyber Medical College in Peshawar, Pakistan. He completed his doctor of dental surgery degree in the New York University Foreign Dental Program. In addition to his professional commitments, Dr. Khalid is deeply engaged in community affairs.
Besides leading the Iron Hills Civic Association and the Pakistani Civic Association, he is a member of Community Board 2 and previously served as a member of the city’s Charter Review Commission and the Civilian Complaint Review Board. He also has been a member of a number of civic, cultural, business and dental organizations.
Dr. Khalid takes pride in working for the New York City Health & Hospitals Corp., an organization who honored him as an outstanding doctor in October of last year.
He counts as a “great accomplishment” his appointment as dental chief at Sea View, which “is very challenging” with patient needs “more complex and compromising than patients in private practice.”
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