Mona Hanna-Attisha, MD

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at Hurley Medical Center and professor at Michigan State University, skyrocketed to star status when she blew the whistle on the environmental disaster. The Flint Water Crisis exposed its residents to dangerous levels of lead, and still hasn’t completely resolved. Today, Hanna-Attisha advocates for children, immigrants, and women in STEM.

Article and photo credit: https://www.womansday.com/life/inspirational-stories/g27195411/arab-americans-in-history/?slide=1

Dr. Saghir 

Hussein Saghir, MD

As a student who was active in the Arab American community throughout college, Dr. Hussein Saghir gained a special affinity and aspiration for helping to serve minority and marginalized communities. Now, Saghir will have the opportunity to continue his education at the next level, as he was announced by Harvard University as a 2019-2020 Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy recipient. Saghir, 32, currently works at the McLaren Flint Family Medicine Residency Center in sports and family medicine. He is also the associate program director of the family medicine program.

Article and photo credit: https://www.arabamericannews.com/2019/03/15/arab-american-doctor-wins-prestigious-fellowship-from-harvard-university/

Dr. Nour 

Nawal M. Nour, MD

Another significant medical figure is Dr. Nawal M. Nour, a Sudanese American graduate of Brown and Harvard Universities. Dr. Nour is known for being the founder and director of the African Women’s Health Practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston – the only one of its kind in the country. At age 37, she was the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship Award, often called the “Genius Award,” for her dedication to African women’s medical empowerment.

Article and photo credit: https://www.arabamerica.com/heritage-month-arab-americans-medicine/

Dr. Zerhouni 

Elias A. Zerhouni, MD

One of the most prominent Arab American doctors is Algerian radiologist and medical researcher, Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Zerhouni as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he served for six years. During his tenure at the NIH, Zerhouni developed the NIH Roadmap – a program supported by Congress that identified opportunities for research, re-rengineering, and pathways to discovery.

Article and photo credit: https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/what-we-do/nih-almanac/elias-zerhouni-md