Ms. Mona Kaleem was born and raised in Howard County, Maryland. She completed her B.A. in Economics at Smith College and is currently a fourth year medical student at the Howard University College of Medicine. Her professional interests are in the pathogenetics of major eye disease, geriatric healthcare, and international medicine. Outside of school, Mona is an enthusiastic field hockey and tennis player, dedicated pianist, and active member of the Indian-American community in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. She is also an editor for the Essentials medical review book series. Mona is a member of the Muslim Community Center, MD. She lives at home with her parents, Mr. Kaleem & Dr. Tahoora Kawaja, and her brother, Omar Kaleem.