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Long-Time Siouxland Physcian Couple Honored for Service

Oct 30, 2017 08:59AM ● By The Hood Magazine

Drs. Askar and Fahima Qalbani, longtime married physicians in the Siouxland area, are this year’s recipients of the Mercy Medical Center Foundation’s annual George G. Spellman Service Award. The Qalbanis have served the Siouxland community for a combined  80 years.  The award will presented at the 2017 Mercy Fall Gala on November 4, 2017. 

 Drs. Askar and Fahima Qalbani

The Qalbani's both are graduates of Liaquat Medical College in Iamshoro, Pakistan and have been on Mercy’s medical staff for 40 years.  Askar, a pathologist, went on to his residency at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Elmhurst, NY, and a Fellowship at MD Anderson in Houston.  Fahima, who is a radiologist, completed her residency at Christ Hospital in New Jersey.

Dr. Askar Qalbani has served as the Director of Pathology, a member of the Medical Executive Committee and as President of the Medical Staff at Mercy Medical Center. Dr. Fahima Qalbani has been an integral part of improving the detection and treatment of cancer in the region. Together the Qalbani's have touched and saved thousands of lives. 

The couple has three grown sons, and three grandchildren.

Named after the late Dr. George G. Spellman, a longtime Sioux City physician, the Spellman award recognizes community members or groups whose generosity with their time, talent and treasure exemplifies the values of Mercy Medical Center.  The award, which is now in its 15th year, was presented to the Qalbanis at the 2017 Mercy Fall Gala in Sioux City.