Welcome to Doctors for Healthy Communities! We are a nonprofit resource dedicated to improving the health and well-being of our community. Finding answers to questions about one’s health or about healthcare in general can be difficult. Through this online resource, you will be able to access useful, practical and easy-to-understand information about many different aspects of how to best manage your healthcare needs.

As our organization grows, so will the resources on this website, so come back often to see what’s new.

In the meantime, if you have questions please contact our president, Dr. Muhammad Babar.

Our mission is to improve the health of communities by strengthening and advocating for local health departments.


Dr. Muhammad Babar


President of Muslim Americans for Compassion, an interfaith and charitable organization based in Louisville, Ky, as well as a founding member of Compassionate Louisville and also a board member of Charter of Compassion.
Dr. Babar is also founder of Doctors for Healthy Communities Inc. which is focused on increasing awareness about childhood obesity and drug abuse among students and community. He is actively involved with the non-profit Family Community Clinic as a board member that is striving to provide care to uninsured citizens.
In 2010, in recognition of his work in the community, Dr. Babar received a Global Visionary Award from the World Affairs Council of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. In 2013, he was recognized by Kentucky One Health for excellence in community service at the annual Doctor’s Ball and also received a Directors Community Leadership Award by FBI Director Comey. In 2014, Dr. Babar received the MOSAIC award by Jewish Family and Career services and, in 2016, the Americana Dreamer Award for excellence in community service. In June 2017, he received the Blanche B. Ottenheimer Award presented by Jewish Community of Louisville for his efforts in pursuit of social justice.
He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and has established a joint forum to have regular meetings between local Muslim leaders and FBI to address issues like hate crimes and counter terrorism. Dr. Babar actively supports local refugee resettlement agencies and has cosponsored a Syrian refugee family as a joint collaboration of local Muslim and Jewish communities.

Email Dr. Muhammad Babar.

Dr. Waqar Saleem

Vice President

Waqar Saleem MD, CMD, FAAFP, graduated from King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan in 1995. He completed a residency in Family Medicine at University of Louisville in 2000. He is board certified in Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care and Addiction Medicine. He serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Louisville and Clinical Faculty, AHEC program at University of Kentucky. He believes in health equity, service work and promoting interfaith dialogue.

Dr. Saleem is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and Certified Medical Director with The Society for Post Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Email Dr. Waqar Saleem.

Aaron Burch

Assistant to the Board

Aaron Burch is a communications specialist with a degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University. He currently serves as Communication Specialist for the American Probation and Parole Association. Aaron previously served the Greater Louisville Medical Society and managed Louisville Medicine magazine for five years. He lives in Frankfort with his wife, Jessica.

Dr. Naveed Chowhan

Board Member

Dr. Naveed Chowhan is a Medical Oncology specialist in New Albany, Indiana. He attended and graduated from medical school in 1982, having over 38 years of diverse experience, especially in Medical Oncology.

Dr. Syed Tahir Raza

Board Member

Syed Tahir Raza is an interventional cardiologist at Baptist Floyd Hospital in New Albany, Indiana.
He is involved in several civic engagements in the city of Louisville. He serves as a member of the Louisville Metro Police Department Foundation Board of Trustees.

Debra Kay Harper, RN, BSN, CRRN

Board Member

Debbie Harper is a graduate of Jefferson Community College, where she received her RN in 1990, and Indiana Wesleyan College, where she received her BSN in 2000. She has spent most of her nursing career in the field of geriatrics and rehabilitation, focusing on orthopedic, neurologic and chronic disease progression. Debbie works as a nurse at Landmark of Louisville nursing and rehabilitation center. She also serves as a faith community nurse for her parish, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Ozair Shariff

Board Member

Ozair Shariff is an Associate in the firm’s Louisville office where he is a member of the Health Care Service Group. Ozair’s practice is devoted to a wide range of issues affecting health care providers and business owners. He focuses on regulatory, compliance, privacy and data security, physician contracting, antitrust, and general transactional and corporate matters. He has appeared on behalf of health care clients in numerous administrative and court proceedings. In addition to assisting health care entities, Ozair is experienced in providing practical advice and counsel to small business owners and entrepreneurs on a wide range of business matters. Ozair was named to Lawyers of Color magazine’s Hot List 2014, Louisville Business First’s “20 People to Know in Health Care” list in 2015 and “Forty Under 40” in 2016, was recognized as a New Voice in Philanthropy by The Voice-Tribune in 2017 and as Kentucky Super Lawyers® Rising Star in 2020.

Dr. Lindsay Shafer

Board Member

Dr. Lindsay Shafer is an obstetrics and gynecology physician at Norton Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  She graduated from medical school at the University of Louisville in 2009. She completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology in 2013 at the University of Louisville and became board certified in obstetrics and gynecology in 2015.  She serves as adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine where she instructs resident physicians. She works with several organizations that address food insecurity and animal adoption.

Nondiscrimination Policy: The Officers, Directors, committee members, and employees of the Corporation shall be selected entirely on a nondiscriminatory basis with respect to age, sex, race, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation. It is the policy of the Corporation not to discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ancestry, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, veteran’s status, political service or affiliation, color, religion, or national origin.