Meet the Faculty
A Good Instructor Will Make a Difference in Your Healthcare Learning and Life
When you attend college, it is truly the instructors who make a difference in your learning, confidence, and engagement. That’s why Northwest Suburban College is committed to hiring inspiring and qualified teaching faculty – so that you can experience how a good teacher can change your life and your future.
M.T. AliNiazee, PhD
Research & Development
Dr. M.T. AliNiazee received his Ph.D. from University of California, Riverside in 1970 and has since been involved in research and teaching at major U.S. universities, including the University of California at Davis and Oregon State University. He is the founder of NWSC, serves as its president, and has taught numerous courses in biology and research & development over the years.
Maksood Akbar, PhD
Chief Academic Advisor
Research & Development
Dr. Akbar received his Ph.D. from Oregon State University in 1968 and, over the past 30 years, has been involved in different teaching and research activities at King Saud University and Cook County Hospital. He has been with Northwest Suburban College since 2010 and served in positions such as Dean of Academic and Student Affairs and Provost. Dr. Akbar currently serves as the Chief Academic Advisor. He taught courses in biology and research & development over the years.
Asefa Ansari, PhD
Assistant Professor, Part-Time
Dr. Asefa Ansari received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom and has had over 30 years of experience in teaching and research in different universities and colleges including North Carolina State University, Iowa State University, National Louis University, and Richland Community College. Dr. Ansari taught biology courses at NWSC, adding to her many years of teaching experience.
Liliya Tishchenko, MD, CPhT
Director of the School of Allied Health Sciences
(In charge of Student Advising, Externship, and Placement)
Dr. Liliya Tishchenko graduated with a doctor of medicine from I. Ya. Horbachevsky Ternopil State Medical University in Ukraine and pursued her doctor of ultrasonography in OB/GYN and doctor of abdominal sonography. In the U.S., Dr. Tishchenko obtained her certification in Pharmacy Technician and has taught at such institutions as Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center, Everest College, and Sanford-Brown College. Today, Dr. Tishchenko serves as the Director of the School of Allied Health Sciences and as the Pharmacy Technician instructor at NWSC.
Khaja Khaleel Ahmad, MD, RMA
Upon graduating from Osmania Medical University in Hyderabad, India with a medical degree, Dr. Ahmad joined Chicago Medical School to complete his residency in internal medicine and neurology. Using his degrees, Dr. Ahmad has served as an international physician and lecturer at numerous organizations, including Jabel Radwa Health Center, St. Francis Hospital, Chicago Medical School, Illinois School of Health Careers, Olympia/Everest College, and Malcolm X College. Dr. Khaja is a Registered Medical Assistant (RMA).
Cherie Cordova-Reyes, MD
Medical Assistant Instructor
With an M. D. and B. S. in Medical Technology degrees, Dr. Cherie Cordova-Reyes has taught medical assistant courses for fifteen years in different colleges in the greater Chicago area including Northwest Suburban College. Dr. Cordova-Reyes is a certified CPR and Phlebotomy Technician and has had Medical Assistant certification from National Healthcare Association (NHA).
Brian Rawlings, BS, MA, CPhT
Pharmacy Technician Instructor
Mr. Rawlings has a Master of Arts in Education degree from Calumet College of St. Joseph, Whiting, Indiana and a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a PTCB certified Pharmacy Technician and has worked in various Chicago area pharmacies. Mr. Rawlings has over 10 years of teaching experience in Pharmacy Technician at various allied health science colleges in the greater Chicago area.
Barbara Stringer, CMA
Dental Assistant Instructor
Ms. Stringer has over twenty-five years of experience with four and six-handed dentistry and eleven years of experience as a didactic and clinical Dental Assistant instructor. She’s a certified Dental Assistant and currently serves as a Dental Assistant Instructor at NWSC as well as the Dental Assisting Externship Coordinator.
Rubina Khan, PhD
Language & Literacy
Dr. Rubina Khan earned her Master of Arts in English from Osmania University, Master of Arts in Education from The University of New Orleans, and her doctoral degree in Education and English from the University of New Orleans. In addition to teaching at universities throughout the country, including Nunez Community College, Southern University of New Orleans, Kendall Colleges, and College of Lake County, Dr. Khan taught multiple English courses at NWSC.
Huda Husseini, MS
With a Master’s of Science in Chemistry obtained from the The University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012, Ms. Husseini has contributed her knowledge of chemistry at Hikma Pharmaceuticals and Eclipse Publishing Company. Ms. Husseini is recognized for making chemistry accessible to today’s students through her innovative teaching strategies at such institutions as the University of Illinois at Chicago, College Preparatory School of America, and Northwest Suburban College.
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