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Muhammad Zeshan, M.D.

Muhammad Zeshan

Candidate for 2024 Early Career Psychiatrist (ECP) Trustee

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Muhammad Zeshan, M.D., serves as a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He is a certified Maxwell leadership and a Master Parenting Coach.

Dr. Zeshan is an international medical graduate from Pakistan. He completed residency training at Bronx-Care Hospital, child psychiatry fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, 2-year Infant-parent-mental-health fellowship from UMass Boston, and Zero-To-Three (ZTT) Fellowship from the ZTT organization. For the past few years, he has been diligently working on improving the mental health and wellbeing of transgender communities in Pakistan, despite the challenges that can present themselves with religious and cultural belief systems. In collaboration with Pakistan Psychiatric Society, he has also supported the education and wellbeing of children of Christian minorities in Pakistan. As a current President of PAPANA (Pakistani American Psychiatrist Association), he joined hands with IAPA (Indo-American Psychiatrist Association) and celebrated the first South Asian Mental Health Day on Aug 5th.

During his recent visit in Pakistan, he inaugurated the very first Autism Center at a tertiary care hospital in his home state. Because of his work, he has received various regional and national awards for academic excellence, leadership, and advocacy. As part of his infant fellowship, he created and led the building-baby-brain project, training lady-health- workers in Pakistan to strengthen the mother relationship with newborn babies. During Spring of 2023, he met with the President of Pakistan to brainstorm ideas to initiate a National Mental Health Helpline and National Autism Plan.

As an APA Diversity Fellow, Dr. Zeshan served on the APA Council on Medical Education and Lifelong Learning and was nominated as the APA RFM (Resident-Fellow Member) Assembly Representative. He has been an active member of the APA Membership Committee, AACAP Infant and Preschool Committee, APA IMG Workgroup, and the APA Council on Minority Mental Health and Healthcare Disparities. He served as the General Secretary Central Chapter of New Jersey APA during the critical COVID period (2021- 2022). He has presented approximately 100 workshops/webinars, authored 4 books, published 23 articles, 5 book chapters, and has written child psychiatry guidelines for physicians in Pakistan. He was named as the "Angel's Advocate" in Rutgers Pulse Magazine and has been featured in Forbes and NJ Family Magazine. He is actively involved in various social media platforms and his Facebook page has around 12k followers. He has a part-time private practice, and he lives with his wife and two children in Princeton NJ.

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  • Maxwell Leadership Coach, John Maxwell Leadership Coaching (2023)
  • Master Parenting Coaching Certification, Jai Parenting Institute (2022)
  • Zero-To-Three Fellowship, Zero-To-Three Organization (2021)
  • Infant-Parent-Mental-Health Fellowship, University of Massachusetts (2019)
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital (2019)
  • Psychiatry Residency, Mount Sinai Bronx Care Hospital, Bronx, NY (2017)
  • Bachelor in medicine and Bachelors in Surgery (M.B.B.S.) Nishtar Medical University, Multan Pakistan (2008)

Awards and Honors

  • APA Council on Minority Mental Health and Healthcare Disparities (2023)
  • Published 4 books (1- Psychiatry for Medical Students, 2- Psychiatry for Nursing Students, 3- Ehsaas Kahanian (60 short stories on parenting in Urdu language) 4- Dastoor-E-Ikhlaq (Animated short story on bullying in Urdu language)
  • Board of Directors Supporting Child Caregiver (SCC) USA (2023)
  • President Pakistani American Psychiatrist Association of North America (PAPANA)
  • President-Elect Nishtar Alumni of North America (NANA) (2023)
  • Chair NANA Loan Committee (2023)
  • Chair APPNA (Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America) Qatra Fund (2023)
  • Chair APPNA Medical Student Subcommittee (2022)
  • General Secretary NANA (2022)
  • Chair Nishtar Research Council (2020 – 2022)
  • Treasurer NANA (2021)
  • Member APA Membership Committee (2019 – Current)
  • Member APA IMG workgroup (2022 – Current)
  • World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Fellow (2021)
  • Advisory Board of Directors Self-Empowerment Center, Pakistan (2021 – 2022)
  • Board of Director New Jersey Association of Infant Mental Health (NJAIMH) (2020 – 2021)
  • NANA Scholarly Work Award (2019)
  • AADPRT Nyapati Rao & Francis Lu IMG Award (2018)
  • Program for Post-Graduation Trainee: Future Academic Clinician Educators Award (Harvard Macy Institute) (2018)
  • AACAP Education Outreach Program Award (2018)
  • AACAP Systems of Care Award (2017)
  • APA Diversity Leadership Fellow (2017 – 2019)
  • APA RFM Assembly Representative (2017 – 2019)
  • APA Resident Recognition Award (2017 – 2019)
  • 8th Annual Mount Sinai GME Resident Fellows Poster Winner Award (2017)
  • Nishtar Alumni of North America (NANA) Young Scholar Award (2016)
  • Resident of the Year Award (2016)

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