Dr. Farzanna Sherene Haffizulla
Dr. Haffizulla joined the College of Allopathic Medicine in 2017 as assistant dean for community and global health. She provides essential leadership to the college’s faculty and staff to ensure the expansion, maintenance, and sustainability of community-engaged initiatives that promote human health and health education both domestically and abroad. These efforts will improve partnership and community engaged capacity building, as aligned with the institution's mission and strategic plan.
In addition to her role at NSU, Dr. Haffizulla runs her own concierge, internal medicine hybrid private practice, which she founded in in 2008 after practicing in a traditional setting for five years. Dr. Haffizulla teaches Honors Organic Chemistry to the pre-med high school seniors at American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida. She is also an affiliate clinical assistant professor of biomedical science at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, Florida, and a voluntary assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She serves as a full board member for Advarra IRB and with the American Diabetes Association-South Florida.
Dr. Haffizulla completed her undergraduate degree in molecular biology and microbiology at University of Central Florida in Orlando, graduating summa cum laude with university honors. She earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine and completed her residency training at the Cleveland Clinic Florida and Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Haffizulla is focused on promoting health, wellness, and disease prevention – both locally and globally – and has been invited as a thought leader to participate in related sessions at the National Institutes of Health and the Office of Women’s Health. She serves as a physician ambassador for the Broward County Department of Health promoting prevention of disease and as chief scientific officer of Haven Home Health, where her goal is to improve patient care with reduction of disease related complications and hospital (re)admissions. She also leads Haven’s “Walk with a Doc” chapter in Plantation, Florida.
Dr. Haffizulla is the host, anchor, and clinical editor for the nationwide health program, Mission Critical Health. She also works with Elsevier’s Practice Update team as host of its oncology and rheumatology series. She has contributed to the production of more than 300 clinician-directed videos to facilitate the translation of the most updated scientific advances and research into improved patient outcomes nationally and globally.
Dr. Haffizulla has given numerous national and local keynote speeches and lectures on topics including work/life balance, disease prevention, heath care innovations and personalized health. She authored 2 books, Harmony of the Spheres: Career, Family and Community in 2011 and, Lead with your Heart: A Doctor’s Rx for Personal and Professional Success and founded and runs a work/life balance site www.BusyMomMD.com. Dr. Haffizulla was the 2014-2015 national president of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA). She is involved on many levels with AMWA including being the co-chair and founder for AMWA’s Preventive Medicine Task Force, founder of AMWA’s fellowship program, and she served on AMWA's governance, finance, membership and global health committees. In her capacity as an AMWA leader, she worked to promote the Surgeon General’s National Prevention Strategy and promoted initiatives to reduce disease burden in the US through work with the Office of Women’s Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. She received AMWA’s Presidential Recognition award and the prestigious “Bertha Van Hoosen” award, the namesake award of AMWA’s founder.
Dr. Haffizulla has earned several additional awards including a Quality First Award from the Florida Heath Care Coalition and a “Leading Physician of the World Award” from The International Association of Healthcare Professionals. She was named an “Outstanding Woman in Healthcare” by the International Women’s Leadership Association (IWLA), which also recognized her as a “Woman of Outstanding Leadership” in May 2014. Dr. Haffizulla was also featured in the American College of Physicians “My Kind of Medicine” series in September 2014 shortly after receiving the Florida Chapter of the ACP’s 2014 award for Volunteerism and Community Service. She is a national delegate, representing Florida for Drexel’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership’s Vision 2020 program. In 2017, Dr. Haffizulla was awarded the “Most Outstanding Advocate for Integrated Community Care in the World” at a ceremony in London, England. In April 2018, she is slated to receive a “Woman of the Decade” award and serve as a plenary speaker at the Women’s Economic Forum and All Ladies League in New Delhi, India.
Nova Southeastern University
Assistant Dean, Community & Global Health