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Monthly Spotlight: Dr. Masudul Hassan

Freedom fighter Dr. Masudul Hassan is a renowned cardiologist. He has worked as a cardiologist in the UK, Bangladesh, UAE and USA. He is a professor and director of the Metropolitan Learning Institute in New York. During the Liberation War in 1971, he fought for independence for the motherland. His father was brutally killed by the Pakistani occupation forces. He was also a victim of torture. This heroic freedom fighter is also active in politics. He was the adviser of the Central Committee of the United States Awami League for a long time. Currently, he is the president of the United States Sheikh Kamal Smriti Parishad. During the Covid-19 pandemic Dr. Masudul Hassan with another 3 doctors Dr. Zia, Dr. Hafiz and Dr. Arif with Mr. Bappy sent vaccines and oxygens saturation machines and 850 ventilators free from the USA directly to Dhaka. Dr. Masudul Hassan faced The New York, talked about various events in life, and expressed the goals and objectives of his working life.


Q: Besides medical care, you are active in politics. What is the reason?


Dr. Masudul Hassan: As a doctor, I am working to develop the field of medical services. I have tried my best to contribute to my nation and country during the covid-19 pandemic. I lobbied the US government and personally tried to help the people of the country as much as possible.


Inspired by the idealism of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, I fought the liberation war with all my courage. Since then till now my only vision is to make Bangladesh Awami League a modern political party, and to make it a global power. I have been working tirelessly to achieve this goal.


Q: Would like to know about your career as a physician.


Dr. Masudul Hassan: I took training as a cardiologist from 1984 to 1987 at the Royal Medical School in London. From 1988, I worked as a junior consultant in the cardiology department at King's Hammersmith Hospital, London for the next two years. Then I joined New Dubai Hospital in UAE as a Cardiologist. I worked there from 1990 to 1992. Then I returned to Bangladesh.


From 1992 to 1996, I was a consultant cardiologist at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka. At that time, I worked as a consultant cardiologist at Cardio Hope Heart Center in Gulshan and at Comfort Hospital, Green Road, Dhaka. Then I came to the United States. From 1996 to 2002, I worked under Professor Dr. Sharma as an Interventional Cardiologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. I then worked as the Director of Medical Programs at New York University Hospital Queens BLVd Rego Park for 18 consecutive years.


Q: You are a valiant freedom fighter and son of a martyr family. Would you tell us any memories of the Great Liberation War of 1971?


Dr. Masudul Hassan: On April 15, 1971, my father was martyred for the country. Dr. Ashraf Ali Talukdar was killed in front of my eyes. I was tortured by the Pakistan Army. I still have bayonet scars on my body.


Q: Tell us something about the Great War of Liberation in more detail?


Dr. Masudul Hassan: I actively participated in the Great War of Liberation under the leadership of the then Sector Commander of Sector-2, Major General (retd.) Khaled Musharraf. I fought in Dhaka, Comilla, Faridpur and Noakhali districts. I was seriously wounded during the war, and my left arm was prescribed to be amputated.


In 1972, the People's Republic of Bangladesh government sent me to East Germany and London with the help of ICRC (International Community of Red Cross). Unfortunately the surgeon there decided to amputate the left arm at the shoulder joint. But I didn't agree. I returned to Bangladesh without surgery.


In 1972, I visited Moscow with Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. I had plastic surgery on my left hand during that visit. By the grace of Almighty God and with Bangabandhu's cooperation and efforts, I was able to recover.


On April 15, 1971, my spleen was taken under the banner of Pakistan Army in Chittagong Cantonment. In 2009, I was elected as the Senior Deputy Commander of the United States Freedom Fighters Command. I performed this duty till 2015.


Q: Would you please tell us about your political life?


Dr. Masudul Hassan: I was an executive member of Dhaka Medical College Chhatra League from 1972 to 1973. I have been active here in Awami League politics since 2000 after coming to the United States. I actively participated in the secular democratic movement led by Awami League in the United States in 2010. From 2012 to 2020, I served as the advisor to the Central Committee of the United States Awami League. On the other hand, in 2012, I assumed the responsibility of the president of Sheikh Kamal Smriti Parishad in the United States. I am still doing this duty.


Q: Would like to know about your social participation.


Dr. Masudul Hassan: I have been serving as the president of the Bangladeshi American Business Alliance since 2010. New York BDGMG has been publishing weekly earnings since 2012. I’m serving as Chairman of BABA, New York since 2020.


Q: Tell us about your dreams, goals?


Dr. Masudul Hassan: I am trying to play a role in the realization of the cherished dream of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the construction of the smart Bangladesh under the leadership of the Honorable Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. I am determined to create an egalitarian ideological political arena based on the implementation of Bangabandhu's ideals. I am committed to conveying this dream to the present and future young generations and building a participatory youth-oriented, active, drug-free, terror-free, conflict-free society.

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