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Ansi "Naz" Hakkim has been Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who's Who Biographical Registry

Ansi "Naz" Hakkim is recognized for her expert leadership of The Phoenix Invictus Project

She describes herself as a physician by profession, a writer by passion and a social activist by compulsion.

    NEW YORK, NY, December 13, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Ansi "Naz" Hakkim has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Ansi Hakkim is a neonatal intensivist with an obsessive interest in serving humanity, and bringing it closer to peace. She describes herself as a physician by profession, a writer by passion and a social activist by compulsion. The Phoenix Invictus Project founded in 2022, is her brainchild. The Phoenix Invictus Project is a "grassroots-to-global renaissance" with the mission statement "#Peace is the Password, Love is the Operating System". The movement was inspired by her near-death experience in the medical intensive care unit at Metropolitan Hospital. At NYCHHC-Metropolitan hospital, and during the subsequent events that followed at Mt Sinai and NYP-Cornell, Dr Hakkim came face-to-face with the life-limiting dangers of subconscious bias lurking within hospital systems that negatively impact peace and healing. The Phoenix Invictus project seeks to restore equilibrium and peace within all systems by asking the "whys", repeatedly and obsessively.

Her philosophy is that "in order to heal the human, you need to heal the systems first, for while it is human to err, systems can be perfected to be bias-free and hence error-free". The Phoenix Invictus Project works at the intersection of art and healthcare. Programming focuses on mental wellness alongside mental health advocacy. Innovative approaches such as Dance is Dopamine (fusion dance events), Write me a river (poetry workshops), Gabecito (philosophical discussions) and The Peace Party, a one-of-a kind Ahimsa-Satyagraha group of social activists who collaborate to create events to promote global peace, are the hallmark of The Phoenix Invictus Project. Dr Hakkim is also the author/co-author of a book slated to be released early 2024. She is the editor for 43, a biannual anthology of 43 stories focusing on mental health and peace. She reflects on the multiple paths to inner peace on her podcast, Kappa-meen curry- "discussions on life, peace, dopamine and everything in between". Chupai Chup Na Hovaee [Punjabi:"Do not be silent"] is the name of her documentary chronicling the challenges that need to be addressed within the mental health systems in different parts of the world.

Dr Hakkim is a proud Indian, hailing from the peace-loving village of Alummoodu (Malayalam:"roots of the Banyan tree") from the beautiful state of Kerala, the land of coconuts, nicknamed "God's own country". She spent her childhood between India and Oman. During her teenage years, her leadership skills were honed as an advanced leadership cadet of the National Cadet Corps, Army Wing, where she trained to serve as Lieutenant Colonel Ansi Hakkim before embarking on her medical career. Dr Hakkim earned her medical degree in Tirunelveli "The Oxford of the East" at the prestigious Tirunelveli Medical College (TVMC). Her journey into oratory and activism continued at TVMC. As a medical student, Dr Hakkim, who her friends affectionately call "Sparky" set into motion a wildfire, championing the rights to fair stipends for the Compulsory Rotating Residency Interns (CRRIs) integrating the twin Gandhian principles of Ahimsa ("peaceful non-violence") and Satyagraha ("the desire for truth"). What started out as a grassroots level movement within the state of Tamil Nadu, India soon gained momentum, becoming a remarkable national level shutdown of the non-emergency public and private medical systems, swiftly bringing all stakeholders to the table, resulting in a fair renegotiation of stipends for CRRIs across India. Dr Hakkim credits her friend, IFS officer Dr Vivekanand Selvaraj for being the fuel to her fire.

Following her internship, Dr Hakkim completed two residencies in Pediatrics- first at the Institute of Child Health in Madurai, India, and then at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, New York City, with an interlude as an attending intensivist in Kerala, India. Dr Hakkim's love for babies led her to complete her fellowship in Neonatal Perinatal medicine at University of Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital and New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr Hakkim currently serves as an assistant professor of pediatrics at The New York Medical College, where she finds great joy in training medical and para-medical students, residents, nurses and NNPs within New York City's Health and Hospitals Corporation at Metropolitan Hospital. She cherishes her privilege as a newborn medicine physician serving babies and their families in Harlem, New York City.

Dr Hakkim's teaching philosophy is summed up in her mantra: "In asking the whys, we become wiser". She reminds her mentees to see the person in front of them as a whole human being with their own dreams, gifts and peace, not merely as a number, or as a "patient". Dr Hakkim believes that prevention is better than cure, and that the system of healthcare can be improved to prevent burnout in healthcare providers by supporting wellness rather than treat it after it becomes an illness. She is part of multiple wellness initiatives through which she reminds health care providers to drive their own dopamine. Some of her innovative programs include the Wellness in Training Initiative (WITI), the NeoPALS project, the Maternal Post partum QI project, and MITTEN (Multimodal Interactive Therapy for Trainee Empowerment). Her research focuses on the human brain and outcomes following near death experiences in neonates. Dr Hakkim is a passionate advocate of the value of simulation in healthcare, including in patient-healthcare team interactions.

She seeks to follow in the paths of some of her most beloved mentors, including Drs Asokan, Guna, Chithra Ayyappan, Cynthia Katz, Grisel Marta Galarza, Patricia Cantwell, Karen Young, Eduardo Bancalari, Teresa Del Moral, Benjamin Courchia, Satyan Lakshminrusimha, Dalan Read, Patrick Leblanc, Catherine Chang, Michael Espiritu, Jeffrey Perlman. She is forever indebted to her mother Taj Syed, and her son, Jeo Srian.

Dr Hakkim believes that motherhood is the most awe-inspiring journey in her life to-date. She derives her dopamine from poetry, silent walks, Taekwondo, dancing (Fusion and Kathak), and deep conversations with her son, Jeo and her Samoyed best friend, Sparky.

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