Dr. Umar Farooq is the Democratic candidate for Bucks County coroner. He is interesting for a number of reasons. One is that he enjoys playing the banjo. Another is that he received medical degrees in Pakistan (Punjab University) and in England (National Heart and Lung Institute). In 1991 he immigrated to the United States and completed his residency in internal medicine at Abington Memorial Hospital. In 1999 he started his own practice in Bensalem.
On the League of Women Voters questionnaire he answered the "why are you the best qualified" question in this way:
As a board certified doctor of internal medicine and also a certified
medical director of nursing home and rehabilitation facilities as well as a hospice, I bring a wide
range of experience to the office. Autopsy under suspicious circumstances is only one way for a
coroner to positively influence our community. By tracking health trends and causes of death the
coroner can be a vigilant proponent of public safety, proactively identifying disease and infectious
The Bucks County Democrats site lists his credentials as:
Dr. Farooq is a board certified doctor of internal medicine and also a certified medical director. He is a primary care physician specializing in internal medicine with a private practice in Bensalem. Dr. Farooq is also a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science as well as Preceptor for Medical Students and Medical Residents at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is a member of the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Farooq and his family live in Bensalem.
His medical practice site says in his spare time he enjoys "spending time with his family, playing table tennis, traveling and playing banjo."
Sources: Knights Medical Association (www.knightsmedical.com)
League of Women Voters questionnaire (http://palwv.org/bucksco/2011Municipal%20PrimaryFinal2.pdf)
Bucks Democrats candidate site (http://www.bucksdemocrats.org/2011candidates.asp)