Professor Abdul Hakeem graduated from the Aga Khan University Medical College in 2003 at the top of his class, receiving the best graduate award. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and subsequently a fellowship in Cardiology at the University of Cincinnati in 2011. He completed a fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at William Beaumont Hospital under the tutelage of Dr. Cindy Grines in 2012. He is Board certified in Internal medicine, Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Echocardiography, Nuclear cardiology and Endovascular medicine. He has been in academic practice in the United States for over 10 years. During this period he has held several leadership positions including service as Chief of Cardiology at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences’ Arkansas Medical Center and Program Director of the Interventional Cardiology and Structural Heart disease/Endovascular Medicine Program at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick NJ. His areas of research and clinical expertise include structural heart disease interventions, complex coronary interventions, mechanical circulatory support, and cardiogenic shock. He has been the PI of multiple randomized trials in these areas. He has been a prolific researcher and published extensively with over 130 peer reviewed papers, several of which are in high impact journals. His work is cited in the ACC/ESC guidelines and the Mayo Cardiovascular Board Review. He has contributed as coauthor to three SCAI consensus documents and is routinely invited as faculty at ACC, SCAI, AHA, TCT, CVI among others. In addition Dr. Hakeem is a celebrated teacher and has won Faculty of the year Teaching Awards in 2014 at UAMS and at Rutgers in 2018.