Dr. Malik’s primary reason for pursuing a career in medicine has always been to serve his fellow man. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, victims were mobilized to the Astrodome in Texas for care. Dr. Malik immediately traveled to Houston where he volunteered his time and skills distributing medications among the hurricane victims.
Less than two months later, Dr. Malik was compelled to mobilize his own medical unit to Pakistan following the devastating earthquake that ravaged the South Asian subcontinent. He formed his own team of physicians, and with the organizing efforts of Todd Shea of Comprehensive Disaster Response Services, he was on the ground in the remote mountain regions of Pakistan within days of the disaster striking; arriving long before the larger organizations such as the Red Cross would arrive. Paying well over $25,000.00 out of his own pocket for travel expenses and medical supplies, Dr. Malik worked day and night providing medical care for victims. The general surgeons on his team were extremely happy to have Dr. Malik with them as his training as an Interventional Pain Specialist allowed him to provide nerve blocks for patients receiving amputations and other major surgeries in the field where general anesthesia is not an option. In addition to the medical care he provided, Dr. Malik also gave each family he treated a few hundred dollars out of his own pockets to help them pay for their expenses as they traveled for medical care.
Dr. Malik’s efforts in Pakistan were so far beyond the call of duty that they even caught the attention of President George W. Bush, whom sent Dr. Malik a letter of recognition for his courageous and generous efforts; thanking him for representing the American Spirit.
In 2010, Dr. Malik was again compelled to serve abroad when an earthquake destroyed Haiti. Dr. Malik formed a team of physicians and nurses and went to Haiti, again with Comprehensive Disaster Response Services. Dr. Malik again worked around the clock providing medical care, once again ahead of the Red Cross. Dr. Malik spent over $30,000.00 out of his own pocket for the travel expenses and medical supplies required for this trip.
At the end of 2015, Dr. Malik was contacted by the director of a hospital in Erbil, Iraq, asking him if he would be willing to come and help at their facility. In January of 2016, Dr. Malik flew to Erbil where he provided free medical care to refugees who were wounded in attacks from ISIS. He fearlessly worked just miles from where ISIS was camped.
In addition to disaster relief medical missions, Dr. Malik has been a force to improve spinal healthcare all over the world. In 2007, Dr. Malik went to Germany to learn how to perform endoscopic discectomies. He was the first physician in America to perform this technique, which greatly reduces the recovery time and risk of infection than traditional spinal surgery. As opposed to keeping this technique a secret from his business competitors, Dr. Malik taught many courses on the technique, believing that improved patient outcomes far outweighed his business success. He also began to travel the world to teach this technique, going to places such as Korea, Japan, and China, but putting emphasis on traveling to less developed nations where the risks of infections from medical procedures is higher and hence the need for less invasive options is even greater. During these trips, in countries such as Guatemala, Belize, Brazil, Turkey, Egypt, and Pakistan, he performed countless numbers of these procedures free of charge.