DRF Team

Board of Directors

Seyed Ali Ghazvini

Seyed Ali Ghazvini co-founded DRF in 2004 in order to relieve the suffering he witnessed in his hometown of Karbala. He is the religious leader of the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno (ICCF). He has a deep passion to help others through DRF and other organizations, such as Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief (AMOR).

Seyed Mostafa Al-Qazwini

Seyed Mostafa Al-Qazwini is the religious leader and founder of the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County (IECOC). He was born in Karbala, Iraq and has immense enthusiasm for assisting the less-fortunate in his hometown. Not only is he a religious leader, but also he is an author and ambassador for interfaith dialogue.

Seyed Hassan Qazwini

Seyed Hassan Qazwini is the religious leader of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. He was born in Karbala, Iraq and has a deep passion for helping the underserved from his hometown. In addition to leading the ICA congregation and its youth, Imam Qazwini is an author and activist for equality and human rights.

Najah Bazzy

Najah Bazzy, RN, is a Transcultural Nurse Clinical Specialist and a Diversity Specialist with 35 years specializing in the area of transcultural health care. She has an extensive background in critical care nursing with special expertise in Arab and Muslim health care, beliefs, and practices. She is CEO of Diversity Specialists and Transcultural Health Care Solutions and also the Executive Director and Founder of Zaman International, a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides "Hope for Humanity". She is also the co-founder and senior advisor for the Young Muslim Association of the Islamic Center of America and has been instrumental in many other humanitarian efforts.

Dr. A. Kareem Jaffer

Dr. A. Kareem Jaffer was born and raised in Karbala, Iraq. He currently resides in Southern California with his wife and works as a doctor specializing in neurology and internal medicine. He joined DRF’s board because he was inspired by the work of the Qazwini family and wanted to make a positive impact on those in need.

Consultants

Seyed Jafar Al-Qazweeni
Biography:

Seyed Jafar Al Qazweeni is the Executive Director of Imam Al Hujjah Hospital (Karbala Hospital). He has his B.S. and M.S. in Biochemistry from US Riverside. He was a research associate at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at UCLA from 1999 to 2005. He was a faculty member and instructor of biochemistry at United Arab Emirates University from 2005 to 2011 when he joined Imam Al Hujjah Hospital project as the Executive Director.

Rebecca Al Haider
Biography:

Rebecca al-Haider began her service at DRF in July 2013. She has her B.A. and M.A. in Linguistics from California State University, Fresno, and serves on the board of trustees at the Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno.

Advisory Board for Karbala Hospital

Dr. Allahyar Jazayeri
Biography:

Double board certified OBYGN and Maternal Fetal Medicine; PhD in Human Genetics and biochemist, Professor of medicine at University of Texas and Tehran University Medical School

Dr. Kashif Haider
Biography:

Gastroenterologist at Hardin Memorial Hospital, Elizabethtown, KY, USA

Dr. Sarwat Hussain
Biography:

Professor of Radiology, Division Chief, Global Radiology at University of Massachusetts, Worcester, MA, USA; Editor in Chief, Journal of Global Radiology

Dr. Mohammad Ali Haider
Biography:

Ophthalmologist specializing in cornea, anterior segment and external disease; Co-founder of World Sight, Inc. in Louisville, KY, USA

Dr. Javid Saifi
Biography:

Cardiothoracic surgeon and Chief of Cardiac Surgery at St. Peters Hospital, Albany, NY, USA

Dr. Stephen Toadvine
Biography:

Chief Medical Officer of the Baptist Health Medical Group in Louisville, KY, USA

Dr. Yassir Haider
Biography:

Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon at Markham Stouffville Hospital, Markham, ON, Canada

Dr. Syed Saeed Bokhari
Biography:

Chief Medical Officer at St. Mary’s Hospital, Kankakee, IL, USA; gastroenterologist and digestive diseases consultant

Najah Bazzy
Biography:

Najah Bazzy, RN, is a Transcultural Nurse Clinical Specialist and a Diversity Specialist with 35 years specializing in the area of transcultural health care. She has an extensive background in critical care nursing with special expertise in Arab and Muslim health care, beliefs, and practices. She is CEO of Diversity Specialists and Transcultural Health Care Solutions and also the Executive Director and Founder of Zaman International, a non-profit humanitarian organization which provides "Hope for Humanity". She is also the co-founder and senior advisor for the Young Muslim Association of the Islamic Center of America and has been instrumental in many other humanitarian efforts.