Dr. Nafisa Abdullah was born and raised in Kabul, Afghanistan and earned her medical
degree from Kabul University in 1968 she came to the United States in 1969,
Internship in Albert Einstein medical center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 7/ 1/ 1969 to
Assistant resident and Chief Resident in Obstetrics and Gynecology at State University
of New York (Long Island College Hospital) from 7/1/1970 to 6 /30/ 1974.
Fellowship in Endocrinology and Infertility in the department of Obstetrics and
Gynecology State University of New York (Long Island College Hospital from 7/1/1974 to 6/30/1976.
Physician’s and Surgeon’s certificate State of New York September of 1975.
Diplomat of American Board OF Obstetrics and Gynecology in November of 1976.
Physician’s and Surgeon’s Certificate State of California. July of 1977
From 1979 to 2003 Attending Physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, of Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Medical Center.
From 1998 to 2003 member of the Women’s Health Advisory Committee of Kaiser
Permanente while also serving as Director of the Education Program on Perimenopause and Menopause.
Beyond her profession Dr. Abdullah- held the following posts:
Member of the Board of Directors of International Orphan Care (1993 to 2001)
Executive Member of Afghan Medical Association of America, (1993 to present)
Member Board of Directors Afghan Women Association of Southern California (2002 to present)
Volunteer and Spokesperson for the Los Angeles Chapter of Emergency USA, a
Humanitarian Italian Organization (2004 to Present).
After the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah-made several trips to Afghanistan
shared her skills as an Obstetrician Gynecologist in various hospitals in Kabul, Panj Sheer and Mazare Sharief, including surgery and lectures in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has been active in the Southern California Afghan community raising funds for medical and educational efforts in Afghanistan.
Organized and participated in lectures and panel discussions on the issue of women’s
health in Afghanistan. Has been witness and an advocate for the medical problem that exist at the present in the country
• Women Lawyers Association of LosAngeles& LosAngeles County Branch of
the American Medical Woman’s Association / Post -Taliban Afghanistan:
Restoring and Maintaining the Civil Rights of Women. February28, 2003
George Washington University: Reframing GLOBAL Reproductive Rights, March
2006 “Safe motherhood as a Human Right, Motherhood and Maternal Mortality in
• University of Southern California: Documentary and Panel Discussion: Jung
(War) In the Land of the Mujahedeen April 2006. “The Work of EMERGENCY
• University California Los Angeles: Health Challenges Beyond the Battlefield
Sponsored by Physicians for Social Responsibility, October 2006 “The
Lifesaving Work of EMERGENCY”
• Stanford University: Medical Consequences of War National Conference of
Student Physicians for Social Responsibility February 2007 “The Lifesaving
Work of EMERGENCY in Afghanistan”
• Emory University: WAR&HEALTH, sponsored by center for Health, Culture
and Society at Emory University, February 2008.
• University of Southern California: Becoming A Physician, THE GREATEST
CASUALTY OF WAR, Health at Time of War, March 2009.
• University of Colorado,Denver: Global Health, Emergency in Afghanistan
beyond an ordinary Hospital, December 2009.
• Brandeis University&Brandeis National Committee,Los Angeles Chapter,
• The Journey of Kabul, February 2010
• University of Southern California Global Health Awareness,Institute for Global
Health,USC Keck School of Medicine, How Emergency works in the world,
Articles Published Recently:
• Kabul Revisited, May 2003 Afghan Medical Tribune
• Do not forget our promise to Afghans, June 2003 Los Angeles Daily News
• EMERGENCY in Afghanistan: Beyond an ordinary Hospital, July 2006
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