Congratulations to FSIE Laboratory Coordinator and Student Program co-director Dr. Walaa Abdelmoaty on his new position as a general surgery resident with the OHSU Department of Surgery
Walaa moved to the United States in 2011 after completing an orthopedic surgery residency and obtaining a master’s degree in healthcare administration in his native home of Egypt. As a result of his exceptional performance as a resident, Walaa received a scholarship from the Egyptian Ministry of Health to study business management with the focus on healthcare in the United States. The plan was to complete a two year master’s degree in the US and return to Egypt to work as a consultant to the Minister of Health for healthcare reform and build a surgical practice. However, after few months of starting the MBA program at University of Portland, the Egyptian government collapsed with the beginning of the Egyptian revolution. All the previous plans were gone- replaced with drastic changes and violent instability that comes with such revolution. With the sudden loss of Egyptian support, the Abdelmoaty family prepared for permanent residency in the United States. Walaa finished his MBA and found work as a business development specialist for Pacific Nanoscience Inc. and as medical instructor at both Heald College and University of Portland teaching anatomy, pathology, pharmacology and biology.
Walaa came to FSIE in 2015 and quickly became one of our most valuable Innovation Team members as an exceptionally reliable, considerate and competent post graduate researcher. It soon became readily apparent that he deserved a formal fellowship position and he was awarded the NOTES Research Fellowship at The Providence Cancer Center. In addition, he was promoted to FSIE laboratory coordinator where he was responsible for running a multitude of post graduate educational labs such as the bi-annual hands on POEM course and the FSIE Summer Internship skills labs. Walaa is incredibly bright and thorough. As such his research accomplishments are many including authorship on multiple scientific publications, numerous national podium presentations and receiving a prestigious research grant which lead to international collaboration and travel opportunities to the IRCAD in Strasbourg, France.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, but equally important, Walaa has a uniquely kind and even temperament. His compassion for others and respect for human beings and the work he does is simply remarkable and admirable. FSIE will miss him dearly but of course, we are absolutely thrilled for him to fulfill his dream of clinical medicine as he begins his general surgical residency at OHSU. Walaa undoubtedly has a bright future and will be an excellent resident, researcher and clinician in his surgical residency program and beyond. Congratulations Walaa aka “Dr A”!
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