Dr. Atif Malik was born on October 27, 1969 in Rawilpindi, Pakistan. At the age of five, he immigrated to the United States with his parents and sisters. His family settled in Pearland, Texas, outside of Houston. As a youth, Atif was active in boy scouts, little league, taekwondo, and football. When he turned eighteen he became a citizen of the United States of America.
In 1988, Atif graduated from Alvin High School and enrolled at Houston Baptist University. In 1993 he graduated Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology, Chemistry, and Fine Arts. He began working towards a Ph.D. at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1993, but decided that a career as a physician better suited him and left to pursue his M.D. degree.
In 1994, Atif began his medical training at St. George’s University School of Medicine. After graduation in 1998, he entered a one-year internship program in Internal Medicine at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York. From 1999 through 2002, he worked as a resident in the department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Baylor College of Medicine, serving as Chief Resident in his final year.
After completing his residency, Atif became the first physician trained in the field of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to be accepted into the prestigious Interventional Pain Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. By the time he completed his training at Harvard in 2003, he was the most published fellow in the history of the department.
After completing his fellowship, Dr. Malik moved to Rockville, Maryland where he began working with a private practice specializing in minimally invasive spinal procedures. Because he had shared custody of his son who lived in New Jersey, Dr. Malik also began working for a private practice in New Jersey, dividing his time between two states. In March of 2006, Dr. Malik left the group practice in Maryland in order to start his own practice and in 2009, he merged his practice with Dr. Sandeep Sherlekar to form American Spine.