US-based Pakistani origin physician, Dr Omar Atiq has been nominated unanimously and will be the first Pakistani origin doctor to be the next president of the prestigious American College of Physicians (ACP).

Atiq, who founded the Arkansas Cancer Clinic in 1991, is the only candidate for the post and the elections will be held in January next year.

Pakistan’s US envoy Asad Majeed Khan announced in a tweet: “Dr. Omar Atiq becomes the first ever Physician of Pakistani descent & only the second international medical graduate to be elected as President of American College of Physicians.”

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Dr Atiq, a professor of medicine and otolaryngology is based in Arkansas and had been a fellow of ACP for almost three decades. In 2019, he wiped away $650,000 in debt for nearly 200 of his patients with cancer, reports Dawn.

The physician earned his medical degree from the Khyber Medical College, University of Peshawar.

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organisation in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide.