Afaque Akhtar MD

Dr. Afaque Akhtar, trained in New York and is a board-certified Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine physician, serving as the Medical Director for Premier Health Center PLLC. He graduated from DOW Medical College, Pakistan and proceeded to train for four years in NY at the North shore University Hospital completing their residency program. He then proceeded to finish his Fellowship in Nephrology in Toledo, OH. Dr. Afaque Akhtar perfected his desire to achieve medical excellence by passing the challenging Internal Medicine Board Certification Exam in 2010.


Primary Care Physician (PCP)
Addiction Specialist
Internal Medicine
Obesity Medicine


From 2009 to 2010, Dr. Afaque Akhtar spent an additional year completing his Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care training at the University Of Tennessee Health Science Center, Chattanooga, TN. He has been a part of competent teams of healthcare providers in Duke Select Specialty Hospital, Durham, NC, Taylor Regional Hospital, Campbellsville, KY, East Carolina Hospital, New Bern and Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital, Dunn, NC as Inpatient/ Outpatient Internist.

In 2015 he became certified in Addiction Medicine and got credentialed with Sandhills Behavioral Health, NC. He has been practicing active treatment for Substance Abuse and other Addiction Problems since then.

In 2017 he achieved his Board Certification in Obesity Medicine, a remarkable feat considering he runs a full-time practice. Over the years, he has maintained his expertise by completing Category 1 Continuing Medical Education.

He recently completed Regenerative Medicine training and became eligible among an elite group of physicians practicing Regenerative Medicine.

Dr. Afaque Akhtar’s philosophy is that in order to understand and treat the patient as a whole, he must not only innately understand the complexities of modern medicine, but also must address deficiencies in the individual and diagnose and correct the underlying problem. Because of his academic training in internal medicine, obesity and addiction, combined with his years of intense clinical and real-life experience, Dr. Afaque Akhtar is well qualified to treat today’s most complicated medical problems in a sound manner.

Dr. Afaque Akhtar is licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina; his patients’ overall health and wellness is his primary focus.

Buprenorphine Certificate (July 2015)
ASAM Conference (2015)
Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse Addiction Conference (March 2017)

Professional Education

July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010
The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Chattanooga TN

Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine PGY-4

March 2010
Physician Mini – Fellowships: Geriatrics for Non - Geriatrics

The Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Mount Sinai

March 11 – 16, 2013
Healogics Introduction to Hyperbaric Medicine and Problem Wound Management
March 2010
The Atlanta School of Sleep Medicine and Technology Atlanta Georgia

Sleep Medicine and Polysomnography

Professional Membership & Certifications

1- Recertified American Board of Internal Medicine–Current in Maintenance of Certification
2- Passed American Board of Obesity Medicine
3- Addiction Medicine Certified
4- Actively Licensed with the State of North Carolina Medical Board
5- Motor Carrier Safety Administration
6- Proficient: Allscripts EMR

Direct Provider Access

Patients have the ability to call after office hours and speak with Dr. Akhtar directly. This is purely patient to provider communication. Please make use of this service for all urgent after-hours medical concerns. Always call us first instead of going to the ER.

Advance Care Team

We now have an Advance Care Team Member to support our Provider in an effort to deliver effective patient-centered care. We have assigned Roxan as a Medical Assistant care coordinator who is responsible for our patients’ care.
She works under protocol to triage patients, refill meds, perform routine health maintenance and chronic disease monitoring tests, answer and return phone calls from patients. She coaches patients about action plans and facilitates referrals. This has been working really well for all of us.