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Dr Gulshan Harjee presented with John Houston Allen Humanitarian Award

March 19, 2015

Dr. Gulshan Harjee was presented with the John Houston Allen Humanitarian Award at the 2015 AIB Allen Award Program on March 10.

The John H. Allen Humanitarian Award is an award presented in honor of AIB’s founder, John Houston Allen. The award is the highest award presented by AIB. It recognizes distinguished achievement and meritorious service by an organization or individual that bridges religious, ethnic and social backgrounds and makes our world a better place.

Inspired by her dream to be a physician but having to overcome many difficulties, Dr. Harjee’s goal is to make it possible for someone else who has a dream of being in health care to have a chance to pursue his or her passion and find the kind of satisfaction that has so deeply enriched her life.

Established in 2008, the Dr. Gulshan S. Harjee Scholarship is an award of up to $1,500 to graduating high school students who are pursuing education in medicine or allied healthcare. The scholarship money is given annually to deserving young men and women finishing high school who want the chance to pursue a career in an allied health care field.

“I was the recipient of a scholarship when I was a student and it meant a lot to me,” she explains. “Now it’s come full circle, and I want to help other students who need assistance to pursue their dreams.”

Born in Tanzania, Dr. Harjee graduated from Emory University Medical School and subsequently joined Dekalb Medical in Atlanta, practicing internal medicine. Dr. Harjee’s distinguished career in internal medicine spanning 30 years, includes numerous community initiatives such as health fairs for members who do not have health insurance, Chair of the first Cancer Summit for Asian Americans as well as community based medical associations.

Dr. Harjee She has served on several boards including the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, DeKalb Regional Health System, UNICEF South East, and is currently a member of the Georgia Coalition Board of Breast Cancer. The numerous awards she has received include the Humanitarian Award from Medical Association of Georgia, Distinguished Alumnus Award from Morehouse School of Medicine, Excellence in Teaching Award from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Institute and Dedication for Community Healthcare from the Indian American Cultural Association.

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