Babak Bamdad, the director and chief of Lincoln Hospital’s pharmacy department, is responsible, among other things, for supervising personnel and evaluating performance. An active philanthropist, Babak Bamdad regularly donates art supplies to kids in homeless shelters.
Many people overlook the importance of art programs for kids who are homeless, bur these programs are hugely beneficial. Following are just a few of the benefits that art offers for children:
*Correlates with positive academic outcomes: Kids who participate in an arts program usually have better grades than their peers, along with higher attendance rates, a better chance of graduating from college, and increased literacy. This connection is even stronger among children with lower socioeconomic status.
*Builds fine-motor skills: Creating art requires that young children learn to hold a paintbrush, drawing lines or dots, cut paper, and squeeze glue bottles. All this activity helps kids develop their fine-motor skills, increasing both coordination and dexterity.
*Improves problem-solving abilities: Open-ended art grants children plenty of opportunity to make choices and evaluate the results of their decisions. In doing so, kids become more comfortable with uncertainty and develop their confidence and creativity.
*Boosts understanding: As children grow, they absorb information about themselves and the world around them. However, they must process this information in a reflective way. Art gives them this ability and lets them express themselves and their daily experiences without words.
A graduate of the doctor of pharmacy program at Long Island University, Babak Bamdad has earned the Pharmacy Residency Excellence Award and the Award for Excellence in Medication-Use Safety. The chief and director of the pharmacy department of Lincoln Hospital in New York City since 2010, Babak Bamdad belongs to the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).
Founded to promote health on a global scale through the support of scientists in the pharmaceutical industry, AAPS serves members in a diverse range of related fields, including biology, chemistry, and medicine. Every year, the AAPS annual meeting, PharmSci 360, supplies members with an opportunity to network and share ideas.
The 2018 AAPS PharmSci 360 will take place November 4-7 in Washington, DC, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Those who purchase admission to the full conference can attend the welcome and closing receptions, participate in five separate educational tracks covering biomolecular and chemical sciences, and visit an extensive exhibit hall featuring products and services from companies in the pharmaceutical industry.
At Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Babak Bamdad’s primary duties involve establishing and maintaining quality, performance, and productivity standards in accordance with those set by Presentation Medical Center.