Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Hoosiers of Many Faiths in Community

Congratulations to interfaith pioneer Dr. Shahid Athar

Monday May 18th, Dr. Shahid Athar received the Gold Hoosier Award from Lt. Governor Becky Skillman at the Indiana Statehouse. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a senior citizen by the State of Indiana, a tribute not just to one act of community service, but rather a lifetime of service and commitment to serving others.

The State could surely find no more worthy servant of the community than Dr. Athar, co-founder and past president of the Indiana Interfaith Alliance. Dr. Athar is author of dozens of books and articles on Islam, interfaith engagement, spirituality and medical ethics.

Dr. Athar is no stranger to awards. For his interfaith activities, the Indianapolis Medical Society in 2002 gave him the Gov. Otis Bowen Award for Community Service. He earned the St.Vincent Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Dept. “Teacher of the Year” award for 2001 and 2007, and the St. Vincent Distinguished Physician award in 2009. American College of Physicians (Indiana chapter) in 2007 gave him Laureate Physician award. In 2011, he earned the “Dr. Ahmed El-Kadi Award” for distinguished service to the Islamic Medical Association of North America. In 2014 the Muslim Alliance of Indiana gave Dr. Athar the Dr Sayyid M Syeed Excellence in interfaith award.

The State of Indiana is honored to have a member of the community as noble and self-giving as Dr. Athar. The Center for Interfaith Cooperation is honored to have Dr. Athar as friend and inspiration.


Dr. Shahid Athar displays his Golden Hoosier Award, flanked by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann and Dr. John Wernert, Secretary of Indiana Family & Social Services Administration


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