Farzanna Haffizulla, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Community and Global Health, Nova Southeastern University
Dr. Haffizulla joined the College of Allopathic Medicine in 2017. 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. Her innovative, creative approach to medical practice allows her to efficiently fuse traditional clinical practice with technology, combining options for office visits, house calls, and telemedicine to provide personalized health care for her patients.
Dr. Haffizulla teaches Honors Organic Chemistry to the pre-med high school seniors at American Heritage School in Plantation, FL. She is an affiliate clinical assistant professor of biomedical science at the Florida Atlantic University Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine in Boca Raton, FL, and a voluntary assistant professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She is also a primary scientific board member for Shulman Institutional Review Board.
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, FL.
Dr. Haffizulla is the host, anchor, and medical correspondent for the nationwide health program, Mission Critical Health. She also works with Elsevier’s Practice Update team as host of its oncology series. She has contributed to the production of more than 125 clinician-directed videos to facilitate the translation of the most updated scientific advances and research into improved patient outcomes nationally and globally.
Dr. Haffizulla’s empowering attitude and inspiration continues to embrace the professional community through her numerous national keynote speeches and lectures on topics including work/life balance. She published a book, Harmony of the Spheres: Career, Family and Community in 2011 and founded and runs a work/life balance site www.BusyMomMD.com. She has authored and published several articles related to parenting and professional communities and in July 2014 published her second book: Lead with your Heart: A Doctor’s Rx for Personal and Professional Success.
Dr. Haffizulla was the 2014-2015 national president of the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) during its centennial celebration. She also served as the South Florida AMWA branch President and one of its founding officers. As national president, her leadership vision was to build strong community, national, and global networking by encouraging positive strides in health care, leadership, scholarship, and academia and improving the synergy among health care and professional organizations. Dr. Haffizula continues to speak nationally on improving cohesion and communication among health care organizations and physicians. 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. Dr. Haffizulla received AMWA’s Presidential Recognition award for her outstanding work and leadership in support of women in medicine, science, and research. In 2017, she received AMWA’s 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. In the Winter edition 2014, she was featured in Practice Link highlighting her medical practice and work/life balance techniques. 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 also was chosen as a national delegate, representing Florida for Drexel’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership’s Vision 2020 program.