Pakistani American Psychiatric Association of North America (PAPANA) is a non-profit, professional, and educational organization incorporated in the United States of America (USA) with no political, religious or ethnic affiliations. This association has been active under different names for about 45 years until 2013 when it was renamed as PAPANA. In 2017, PAPANA’s general body approved its first constitution and bylaws followed by a tax exempt status granted in 2018 to allow collection of membership dues to support various professional activities of the association. The PAPANA holds elections to elect cabinet members every year at their annual meeting, which is usually organized during the annual meetings of American Psychiatric Association. The core objectives of PAPANA include

  • Scientific development and education in psychiatry to improve the quality of psychiatric care in USA and Pakistan and to assist and prepare psychiatry residency applicants from Pakistan to successfully enter psychiatry residency programs in USA.
  • PAPANA also prioritize cooperation with similar organizations across North America, Pakistan, United Kingdom Australia and other parts of the world to encourage mental health education and care via donations, sharing of psychiatric literature, arranging lecture tours, and mental health conferences.
  • Arranging webinars/seminars on various psychiatric topics, such as how to optimize chances to enter a psychiatry residency in USA for Pakistani applicants as well actively participating in disaster relief in USA and Pakistan.

PAPANA History



The foundation for Pakistani Psychiatrists in North America was first laid down by the legendary psychiatrist from Pakistan, P...



Professor Syed Arshad Husain served as the president of the society for several years followed by various psychiatrists servin...



With time, the membership of this organization grew significantly and under the leadership of Dr. Zahid Imran, one of the most...



Only few psychiatrists attended PAPANA meeting at the 2011 APA meeting in Hawaii, but the Philadelphia meeting in 2012 attract...

PAPANA Council

Pakistani American Psychiatric Association of North America is comprised of mental health professionals and advocates who are responsible for ensuring the development and progression of the association.