By Dr. Jason Boutros *
I have known Dr. Asif Mahmood for almost two decades and support his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor and here’s why you should too. Similar to the Lebanese that immigrated to the United States for a better life, Dr. Asif Mahmood has a similar story. He was raised in a small crowded home at the edge of Kharian, a village in rural Pakistan. Because his elementary school could not afford chairs or desks, most of his classes took place outside on the grass under the trees.
Asif's father’s dream was to become a doctor, but he was forced to leave school and support his family at a young age. Instead, his dad passed that dream onto his son. Asif worked hard in school and became the first student from his village to score high enough on exams to attend medical school.
After receiving his medical degree from one of Pakistan’s top medical schools in 1987, now Dr. Mahmood, chose to complete his medical residency in America at University of Kentucky. In Lexington, he married his wife, Noshaba, in a traditional Pakistani wedding surrounded by their Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu friends. In 2000, he moved with his family to California and where he has practiced medicine ever since. Dr. Mahmood is a pulmonologist and doctor of internal medicine, practicing at a number of hospitals in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Mahmood has based his life’s work on a single principal taught to him by his parents: that helping others is our highest calling.
As a doctor and his colleague, I have seen him personally treat thousands of underprivileged patients, some in the ER, critical care, inpatients, and as they leave the hospital. He knows their struggles – ranging from insurance coverage issues, prescription drug issues, in and out of network issues, follow up issues, and support beyond medical care. Dr. Mahmood has made it a rule in his hospital practice --if a patient doesn't have insurance, his office won't ask for payment.
He has been actively involved in politics for many years supporting causes and candidates that affect our community. When he announced his candidacy for CA Lieutenant Governor in March of this year, I could not think of a more qualified person to lead our state. His top issues are healthcare, education, and equality and I also value.
Dr. Mahmood is a husband, father, immigrant, and advocate. Let's support him on June 5th, 2018.
If you want to join the campaign and support Dr. Mahmood, please go to https://asif2018.com/.
* Dr. Jason Boutros is a primary care Physician in Pasadena.