DR. AHMAD JAVID is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was born in Pakistan, a twelfth-generation Sufi, and raised in a traditional religious and spiritual household. He has experienced the reality of Sufism from an early age. He received his medical degree from Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan, in 1973. He is a diplomat in pediatrics from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow, and the University College, Dublin, Ireland. He spent seventeen years in Iran, where he extensively studied Sufi literature and poetry. He came to the United States in 1993 and finished residency training in pediatrics from Columbia University, New York, where he served as a chief resident as well. He has been invested with khirqa (cloak) of the Sarwari Qaderi order of Sufis.