Dr. M Saiful Huq has been elected as the first Bangladeshi president of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM).
He is the 5th person from South Asia to become AAPM president who is not a native-born American, as stated in a press release, reports Dhaka Tribune.
The AAPM, established in 1958, is an organization for medical physicists, with 9,000 members in 98 countries. It supports the medical physics community with a focus on advancing patient care through education, improving safety and efficacy of radiation oncology, and medical imaging procedures through research.
Dr. Huq was responsible for bringing clinically operational first generation new linear accelerators to Bangladesh and was closely involved with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Bangladesh.
After obtaining degrees in physics from Dhaka University, Dr. Huq received a doctorate in Atomic and Molecular Physics from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, USA. Currently a professor of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, he has published over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been invited to over 170 talks worldwide.
Dr. Huq is the younger brother of Annisul Huq, the late mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation, and the elder brother of former Chief of Army Staff Gen (retd) ABM Shafiul Huq.