Dr. Atiar Rahman (Bonny) is a board-certified cardiologist. As the first commonwealth scholar in medicine from Bangladesh, he earned his doctorate in cardiovascular physiology from the Queens Medical Center in England. Then as a Medical Research Council of Canada Scholar, he completed fellowships in adult cardiology from Toronto General Hospital in Canada. After his second fellowship in cardio-vascular medicine from the renowned Oschner Foundation, he joined as head of the division of Cardiac MRI and CT at the University of Texas Medical Branch, and was at the forefront of teaching this emerging technology from its early days. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications in renowned journals, written editorials and book chapters, had numerous grants for medical research, and been a reviewer of leading medical journals. He has traveled to 24 countries to give lectures on his specialties. As an associate professor and director of non-invasive lab at the UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, he made it a center of excellence. Dr. Rahman has been recognized with several awards for being a role model professionally and personally to his community, to other health professionals, and residents and medical students.
Dr. Rahman and his family have been deeply involved with community philanthropy since his medical school days and he considers it as a lifestyle choice on par with his work. A vocal proponent of prevention of unnecessary medical complications and costs, he deeply cares about issues like interrelationship between child education, health care, and their environment. His wife and son are both physicians, and his daughter is in pre-med.