My name is Syed Hashmi. I became a surgeon to heal people. I became a Selectman to heal my town. I am running to be your state representative because now we need to heal our state.
As a trauma surgeon, I have worked in healthcare all my life—and know how to deliver hands-on leadership during a crisis. I know how to make tough decisions under pressure, and I lead by energizing, empowering, and motivating people. I have always been a catalyst for change.
I am Board certified in both Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and am a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. My background includes:
- Fellowship in Surgical Critical Care, Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Surgical residency at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD with rotations in burn surgery, transplant surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and pediatric surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as trauma surgery at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore
- Internship at the George Washington University Hospital/George Washington University Medical School in Washington, D.C., with rotations at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Hospital
What I Have Done Already
- Helped shape the response to COVID-19 as a member of the Westborough Board of Selectman and Board of Health by instituting weekly public calls.
- Advocated for a town-wide economic recovery plan see Joint Meeting Minutes of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Health (March 24, 2020).
- Advocated for the town government to revisit spending in light of the changed financial circumstances we face.
- Helped establish the Senior Disabled Taxation Relief Committee.
- Advocated protections for the most vulnerable, including pushing for rental/mortgage protections.
- Successfully advocated to get our community involved in the Municipal Vulnerability to Climate Change program.
- Advocated for increased participation by women-owned businesses by pushing for policies to make sure we encourage that a certain percentage of our town contracts are given to women and minorities.
- I engaged with state agencies and brought their assistance to support local transit/safety initiatives, including a public-private, on-demand shuttle service.
- Raised awareness of transit safety and access, including looking at data on accidents
- Worked to improve our communication and engagement with residents and other town elected Boards, including publishing a newsletter.
- Worked to develop the next generation of leaders in our town, and encouraged our graduates to come back and work for the town by instituting an internship program.