​​​​​Dr. Bassim Birkland is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. 

He holds an active license to practice medicine in the United States and Zambia. 

He currently resides with his wife and 2 children in Lusaka, Zambia and is a full time lecturer at the University of Zambia where he teaches future family physicians in the classroom and clinical setting. 


Dr. Birkland was born and raised in the United States where he completed his education. Specifically, he graduated summa cum laude with 4-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area. Following this, he completed a 2-year Masters in Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology, also from the University of Minnesota. He holds a 4-year Medical Doctorate (MD) from the Medical University of South Carolina, and completed a 3-year specialist residency training in Family Medicine at the University of Minnesota's North Memorial Medical Centre.

Dr. Birkland enjoys seeing patients of all ages from newborns to geriatrics. He has extensive clinical training in child and adult medicine, as well as complex chronic disease management and emergency care.

Dr. Birkland's professional interests include Global Health and Infectious Disease. He has a special interest in treating underserved populations, as well as contributing to medical education and training of future physicians. 

He first started visiting Zambia annually in 2010 and has worked in both the private and public sector there, as well as a consultant to NGOs. In 2016, Dr. Birkland moved to Zambia, where his wife and her family are from.