SHAZIA SIDDIQI, MD, MPH. is currently the Executive Director of non-profit organization, Deaf Abused Women’s Network (DAWN), in Washington, DC. Shazia’s passion is working in minority health care disparities, especially serving the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. She provides advocacy services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia area.
Shazia has worked as a community health educator/outreach specialist at Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness and taught Biology at Gallaudet University. Her passion is working in minority health care disparities, promoting health education in the Deaf community, and women’s health issues. She is also a speaker on the topics of leadership, public health, and deaf women rights.
She earned a BA in Molecular and Cell Biology from UC Berkeley, MA in Public Health from Dartmouth College, and earned Doctor of Medicine degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, and has taught part-time in the Biology Department at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Shazia is a first-generation American-born to parents who emigrated from Pakistan in the 1970’s. During her senior year in college, she read an article about Deaf doctors and became interested in studying medicine. “I thought it was possible when I saw the others were doing it. I strongly believe in having positive Deaf role models in the health care fields to show students they can do it if they like the field.”