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Dr. Maher M. Hathout

Dr. Maher M. Hathout, a leading spokesperson for the American Muslim community, was born on January 1, 1936 in Cairo, Egypt, and is now an American citizen who has lived in the United States since 1971. Dr. Hathout is an Internist and Cardiologist by profession, earning his medical degree from the University of Cairo in 1960. He has had his own practice since 1976 in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease in the city of Duarte, California. Dr. Hathout is a member of the Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians of Canada, The American Heart Association, and The American Medical Association. He has served as staff physician at the Veterans Administration in Loma Linda and was Assistant Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University.

Besides being a physician, Dr. Maher Hathout is better known for his public service. He is an international figure who is highly regarded as a positive voice of Islam offering a unique and valuable perspective on national and international issues involving Muslims.

Among the numerous offices he holds, Dr. Hathout is the Senior Advisor of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), which was established in 1988 to make Islamic ethical values available to the American political process. He is the Spokesperson and former Chairman of the Islamic Center of Southern California. He has recently become a Charter Member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations, and joined the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance.

Dr. Hathout has been invited to Capitol Hill and the State Department several times to address a variety of topics such as "Islam and U.S. Policy," "Islamic Democracy," "Emerging Trends in Islamic Movements," and "the Future of the Middle East." He has traveled to Australia, Egypt, Kuwait, Malaysia, Pakistan, and South Africa to lecture on Islam and Muslims.

Dr. Hathout has written extensively on Islam, human rights, democracy, Middle East politics, and Bosnia. His articles and interviews have appeared in such prominent newspapers as The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Christian Science Monitor. He appears frequently on television and radio talk shows, including C-SPAN, KABC, KCBS, KNBC, KCET, KCAL, KNX, KFWB, KPFK, AND KFI.

Civic Organizations Highlights

  • Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA: Spokesperson [1993-Present], Chairman [1986-93]
  • Muslim Catholic Dialogue: Founding Member [1987-Present]
  • Department of Social Services, Los Angeles County: Commissioner [1987-90]
  • Chancellors Committee, U.C.L.A: Commissioner [1987-90]
  • Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC): Senior Advisor [1988-Present]
  • Minaret national magazine: Advisor [1988-Present]
  • Interfaith Coalition for Peace, CA: Founding Member [1990-91]
  • National Conference for Christians and Jews (name later changed to National Conference): Member, Board of Directors [1991-92]
  • American Muslim Council (AMC), Washington, D.C.: Member, Board of Directors [1993-97]
  • Los Angeles Festival of Art: Consultant [1993]
  • Inter-Religious Council, Los Angeles: Member [1997-Present], President [1994-96]
  • Medical Ethics Committee, Santa Teresita Hospital and Methodist Hospital, Arcadia, CA: Member [1996-Present]
  • Interfaith Alliance: Member, Board of Directors [1998-Present]
  • Pacific Council on International Policy: Charter Member [1998-Present]

 

 

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