Salman Akhtar is a US based Doctor by profession and also a poet. He is the son of the renowned Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar and brother of lyricist Javed Akhtar. Salman received his education from Lucknow and Aligarh Muslim University before moving to Chandigarh where he completed his training in psychiatry. In 1973, he left for the United States and trained in psychoanalysis. He holds a professorship at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. As a poet, Salman published six volumes of poetry in English and Urdu.