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Sania Nishtar graduated from medical school in 1986 as the best graduate with 16 gold medals, a college record, which remains unbroken to date. In 1999 she left a lucrative career as Pakistan's first woman cardiologist to establish the NGO think-tank, Heartfile which today is the most powerful health policy voice and catalyst for health reform in Pakistan and is recognized as a model for replication in additional developing countries. She additionally founded Pakistan's Health Policy Forum and Heartfile Financing, a programme to protect people against health impoverishment. [+]