The Nerd Squad

Meet the Geeks

Nisar (Javed) Sadiq, MD/
Chief Medical Officer / AKA the “Chief Geek”

Puts the “Nerd” in Nerdy Doc. Also our mascot. Dr. Sadiq is not only board certified in all things “nerd” but also in both Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. Currently the Chief Medical Officer of a surgical center in Southern California and active in private practices, this practicing physician is recognized for his amazing patient care and bedside manners. But wait, that’s not all this “Nerdy Doc” does. He is also an accomplished medical researcher and has co-authored a number of peer reviewed and published articles in the field of GI medicine. Nisar attended the exclusive Biomed program at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with a Dean/Chancellor Academic Scholarship. After completion of his Bachelor of Science degree, Dr. Sadiq did invertebrate and vector transmission research in the Agriculture and Natural Resource department of UCR under the mentorship of Dr. Nick Toscano Ph.D. Thereafter, this “Chief Geek” attended Ross University Medical School and graduated Magna Cum Laude (High Honors). After medical school, Dr. Sadiq completed his Internal Medicine internship and residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. One day it dawned on Nisar that his geek status still had wiggle room to be taken up a notch, so he pursued a fellowship in Gastroenterology/Hepatology SUNY Downstate. His training and exposure was broad as he did clinical rotations at prestigious sites such as Mount Sinai and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Favorite TV Show: Facts of Life

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles/Abstracts

Jasti S., Abramowitz M., Sadiq J.N., Jafri M., Joseph J., Lee D.S., Gress F.G.. Characteristics of Acute Pancreatitis in an Urban Afro-American Population. Gastroenterology. 2011 May; 140(5): S858-859.

Sadiq, Javed N.; Jafri, Mikram; Lee, David S.; Gress, Frank G.. Stent-related Complications of Endotherapy in the Treatment of Chronic Pancreatitis Pain and Their Relationship to the Duration of Stent Placement. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2012 Apr; 75(4): AB315.

Jafri, M.; Sadiq, J.N.; Parakh, P.K.; Gress, F.; Lee, D. Efficacy of Endotherapy in Chronic Pancreatitis Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2011 Apr; 73(4): AB261-AB262.

Jasti S., Abramowitz M., Jafri M., Sadiq J.N., Joseph J., Lee D.S., Gress F.G.. BISAP and CTSI scores as predictors of clinical outcomes in an African American cohort. Gastroenterology. 2011 May; 140(5): S855.

Sadiq J.N., Jafri M., Gress F.G.. Complications of Endotherapy in Chronic Pancreatitis Pain. The American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2011 Oct; 106(Supplement 2): 183.

Sadiq, Javed N.; Jafri, Mikram; Lee, David S.; Gress, Frank G.. Chronic Pancreatitis Pain (CPP) and its relationship to Stent Exchange Rate (i.e. On-Demand vs Scheduled). Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2012 Apr; 75(4): AB314.

Mona Shams, MBA /
Chief Marketing & Strategy Officer / AKA the “Marketing Dork”

Mona is our dorky expert in marketing who is leading Nerdy Doc’s drive to become the most fun and customer-centered supplement brand in the market. This lively and fun dork has extensive experience driving brand/communication and campaign strategy for premier brands including Samsung, Crocs, Mentos, Seinnheiser, Nationwide and Nikon as an Account Strategist and Planner at a renowned ad agency in New York City. She also worked as a Marketing Research Analyst at a formula one racing company. Mona received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration & Marketing from UCR. And as is expected of most nerds, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Dean’s Honor Roll. But that dorkiness always pays off! She was able to further her studies with a fully paid scholarship for an MBA from UCR/UCLA’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM). There she focused on Marketing & Advertising. During her MBA studies, Mona served as the Student Affairs and Marketing Officer at AGSM's Student Association. Mona also worked as a Market Researcher for the Wired Project which was aimed at promoting engineers/scientists to innovation driven companies in California. Her passion goes beyond marketing to fashion and food! Mona has worked alongside designers in DTLA as well as NYC. She’s helped put on fashion shows and has studied textile and apparel at FIT. Mona is also a huge coffee geek. She owns every type of coffee brewing equipment on her kitchen counter from siphon to a tall cold brew tower. She studied coffee and completed full barista training at Counter Culture Coffee's training lab in SoHo NYC. Mona took her two passions for fashion and food to Instagram in April 2020. She's managed to quickly create a healthy following on her page @garbsandcarbs where her dorkiness shines bright with her captivating style and fun captions.

Favorite TV Show: Inspector Gadget