-  Physicians / Medical Providers

Most of the work at the Mariam Clinic is accomplished by volunteers.

These generous volunteers are the heart and soul of our clinic. They have diverse backgrounds representing various religions, cultures and ethnicity. Many of these volunteers are multilingual, which allows us to effectively communicate with our equally diverse patient population in a more welcoming manner.

To learn more about joining our team please click on the button below

Dr. Melanie Mintzer - Our Volunteer Medical Director

Dr. Melanie Mintzer

Dr Waheed Bajwa

Dr. Waheed K. Bajwa is board-certified in adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry and is certified by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He has twenty years of experience in the field of psychiatry. Dr. Bajwa has held academic positions in Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Bajwa has extensive experience in working with managed care and has special interest in treating mood disorders, depression, bipolar, anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, and dual diagnosis. Dr. Bajwa is local and regional speaker for several pharmaceutical companies. Dr Bajwa coordinates care of his patients with primary care physicians, psychotherapists, inpatient attendance and hospitalist.

Dr Mohammad Baloch

Mohammad Haroon Baloch received his medical degree from King Edward Medical College (Punjab University, Lahore-Pakistan) and completed his surgical residency at Sinai Hospital Baltimore, Maryland. He joined the United States Air Force, which moved him and his family to North Carolina. While in the Air Force, he completed a residency in Family Medicine.  In 1981 he founded Capital Physicians Group, P.A. and takes pride in having provided care for multi-generations of families for many years. His approach is total care and respect for the patient throughout the visit. He has been providing free health care at the Mariam Clinic since its inception allowing the clinic to be held in his practice every Sunday. He was  the recepient of the 2013 Mariam Clinic Humaritarian Award.

Dr Firas Chazli

Dr. Firas Chazli graduated from the Univ De Med Si Farm Carol Davila, Fac De Med, Bucharest, Romania in 1989. He specializes in Internal Medicine. He has been in private practice for 26 Years and is fluent in Arabic and English. Dr Chazli joined the Mariam Clinic in 2009. "I am humbled and it is a honor to be able to help a community that has a medical need which is not met by out current medical system. It is a wonderful and exciting challenge to interact, work and learn about different cultures, I have enjoyed doing this since 2009 with Mariam Clinic".

Dr Ayaz Pathan 

Born in NY but schooled and raised in the triangle area, Dr. Pathan attended North Carolina State University where he majored in Biochemistry and attended East Carolina University for his combined MD/MBA degree. Dr. Pathan went on to Emory University in Atlanta to train in Emergency Medicine and came back in 2008 to practice locally. He has been a key addition to the Mariam Clinic since 2011.  His passion for helping those in need and mentoring the young volunteers has made him a wonderful addition to our staff.

Dr. Akif Rahman

Akef Rahman was born and raised in the triangle area and is happy to be back in the area. He graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and attended medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. He trained as an Emergency Physician at East Carolina University and practiced briefly in the Charlotte area before moving back to Cary in 2016. He looks forward to volunteering at the Mariam Clinic.

Dr Ghulam Shaikh

Dr. Shaikh completed medical school at Sind Medical College, Karachi, and finished his residency training at New York Methodist Hospital, University of Cornell, NY in 1995. In 2009, he received a Master of Health and Science and Clinical Leadership from Duke University. He is a Board Certified Internist, and has been practicing medicine in NC since 1995. He started his own private medical practice, Shaikh Medical Clinic in year 2000 in Garner, NC. Presently he has admitting privileges at Wake Med, Raleigh and Johnston Hospital of Smithfield and Clayton, NC. He has been serving as a volunteer physician at Mariam Clinic since its inception in 2007, and has also served as a Medical Director, Mariam Clinic. Dr. Shaikh is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Cardiology. He is an adjunct clinical faculty member at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and teaches Nurse Practitioner and PA students from UNC-CH.


Dr. Yousif Alkhadi, MD

Dr. Shaheda Nasruddin, MD

Physician Assistants
Britney Smithmyer, P.A.
Tayyebah Rayyast P.A.

Nurse Practitioner

Julie Cortese, N.P.



Phone: (919) 824-4672
Fax: (919) 439-1102

Located in the Generations Family Practice Building

1021 Darrington Drive
Cary, NC 27513
Mariam Clinic Hours

Sunday from 12:00 to 5pm

By appointment only -no walk-ins

Dates Mariam Clinic is Closed - 2021

April 4                 July 25 

May 16                Sept 5

May 30                Nov 28

July 4                   Dec 26