Nuzhat Chalisa MD, FACEPresident and Founder
Morris Hospital & Health care center
Communications Director for ADA’s Clinical Centers and Programs Leadership team
Member AACE disease state network committee
One in three people are expected to have diabetes by the year 2050. Diabetes Is a chronic disease. It is not curable but certainly preventable and controllable through education, environmental changes and a healthy lifestyle.
I have a vision for people with Diabetes leading a completely normal life despite having the illness. Managing diabetes is an art and requires motivation and strong determination. I am on a mission of preventing diabetes and its complications.
My name is Nuzhat Chalisa and I am a clinical Endocrinologist practicing in Chicago, IL, I have been managing patients with diabetes for past 20 years. I was inspired to pursue medicine and attend medical school at a very young age, after watching many of my family members suffer from Diabetes. During the period of my education and training, I lost several close family members to diabetes and its complications. This inspired me to enter the complicated and challenging field of Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism with the passion to improve the care and outcomes of people with diabetes.
My passion was further ignited, fueled and intensified after I saw my own father suffering from complications of diabetes. I grieved with my family when doctors told us there was no choice but to remove both his limbs due to the Gangrene. Sadly, he passed away the day before the surgery could occur.
That day was a defining moment my career. While I built a career around treating diabetes, preventing diabetes complications and educating those at risk became a new passion.
I urge you to join me in this great cause, and to work towards preventing other daughters from watching their fathers suffer, or losing them to complications.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead.
Abbas Hiptullah KisatDirector of Sponsorship
Abbas Hiptullah is a highly accomplished Consultant with extensive experience leading complex, highly visible projects and programs to successful conclusion. Currently, he is the Managing Director of Cloud Functional Consulting. He is the youngest son of Saifuddin Kisat and very passionate about supporting causes related to Diabetes.
“Remember this - You can't serve God and Money, but you can serve God with Money.” -Selwyn Hughes
Amaan ChalisaDirector of Technology
Amaan Chalisa is a Junior at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, studying Community Health and Psychology. Inspired by his mother's work, and motivated by the pain he watched his grandfather suffer through, Amaan is hoping to pursue medicine, and is a member of the Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity.
“We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.' -Barack Obama
Durriya Kisat GunjaDirector of Marketing
Durriya Gunja is a Marketing Executive who's strength is in her ability to assess a challenge and provide multiple sound solutions to bring a project from concept to completion. Her work has provided her with a more holistic view of a given situation's impact on an organization as a whole. She serves on the Board for two nonprofit organizations; HDF and KDO. She is an active volunteer with Junior Achievement and holds a 40-hour Domestic Violence certification.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.' –Amelia Earhart
Farah ChalisaDirector of Communications
Farah Chalisa is a 1L law student and social justice advocate. She currently works as a Project Assistant for the Center of New Community and serves as a legal assistant at UlWelling | Siddiqui LLP. Having lost her grandfather, Saifuddin Kisat, to diabetes and its complications, she is committed to providing at risk individuals and patients with access to education, as well as ensuring that resources are available and attainable for all individuals, regardless of their minority affiliations and socioeconomic status.
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” -Angela Davis
Nazneen Kisat SaylaDirector of Logistics
Nazneen Sayla is a Chicago native who assists with the execution of events locally and internationally. She considers her father, Saifuddin Kisat, to have been the best chef in the world, and shared the love of culinary art with him. She now hopes to honor his memory through her work with KDF.
'I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.' -Mother Teresa
Durdana Kisat ImranDurdana Kisat Imran Director of Healthcare Coordination
Durdana Imran is a Registered Nurse, working as a Medical Assistant in a family care clinic. She often sees many diabetic patients, and can relate with the kind of care it requires to prevent complications, both on a professional note, and a personal note after losing her father to Diabetes. KDF offers her a platform to use her expertise and passion to create awareness and educate as many individuals as she can.
“Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela
Shabbir KisatDirector of Event Management
Shabbir Kisat is in retail business in the Chicagoland area. He began his career with Saifuddin Kisat, and is excited to work with KDF to honor his memory, and to help more people receive care for Diabetes and its complications
'We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.' -Winston Churchill