Rahul Pandit M.D.
Rahul Pandit, M.D. was born in Srinagar, Kashmir and raised in the U.S. He is a Past-President of the Indo-American Kashmir Forum (www.iakf.org) and served on its Board of Directors from 2004 - 2010. IAKF is a non-profit advocacy group established in 1991 to highlight the oppression against Kashmiri Pandits that led to their forced exile from Kashmir due to the influx of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism. Dr. Pandit was a founding director of Foundation Against Continuing Terrorism (FACT, www.factusa.org), a non-profit organization formed in 2005 that raises awareness of the effects of terrorism on Hindu communities in South Asia. In 2008 he was honored to be selected as a Delegate to the Asia 21 Young Leader's Summit in Tokyo, Japan, organized by the Asia Society. He has been invited to speak at breifings and other events on Capitol Hill as well as university campuses in various cities in the U.S. He is in regular communication with Kashmiris in the US, India, and in Jammu & Kashmir, and was one of the speakers at the first U.S. national convention of Kashmiri Pandits in Chicago, 2006. His last trip to the Vale of Kashmir was in September 2005. In the past, he has served on the national working committee for Hindu Students Council (HSC), the largest student organization in the U.S. promoting the human values of Sanatana Dharma.
Dr. Pandit is a full-time practicing eye surgeon and an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. He completed his Bachelor of Arts degree at Yale University, New Haven, CT, his Medical Degree at Rush University, Chicago, IL, and his ophthalmology residency and fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA. In addition to his passion about the Kashmiri Pandit cause, Dr. Pandit is also dedicated to physical and spiritual fitness and holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, a Korean martial art.