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Dr. Gulshan Harjee is a Georgia Trend Power Woman

July 2011
Dr. Gulshan Harjee is a Georgia Trend Power Woman

Dr. Gulshan Harjee has been named one of four “Power Women” for 2011 by Georgia Trend magazine. She is a doctor of internal medicine, President/CEO of First Medical Care, and Past President of the DeKalb Medical Society.

Dr. Harjee grew up in Tanzania, and at 16, when Uganda’s Idi Amin declared war on her country, she left for Pakistan, went straight to the best school, and sat at the principal’s office for three days before being granted admittance. War with India threatened her again, and she went to Iran though she had no contacts, funds, or even the language. When the Iranian Revolution came, Gulshan left to join her fiancé in Atlanta.

After raising a son and daughter while going through Emory University and a Grady internship, violence came even here when her husband was shot in 1999, one of the 22 victims of the “Buckhead Day Trader.” Holding to his motto of “How can I turn this into something positive?” she persisted, establishing a scholarship for others who dream of working in healthcare. Although she herself has had a battle with cancer, she continues to help uninsured patients every month and uses her Swahili, Gujarati, Urdu, and Farsi with immigrants and refugees as well as English with more local patients. She and her husband, Zul Devji, are involved with community affairs and philanthropy.

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