So I come originally from Beirut Lebanon. I moved to the States, now 13 or 14 years ago. I’m married with two kids. I do pediatric hematology/oncology. I see kids and young adults up to the age of 35.
During med school, I worked with some kids with leukemia specifically, and you see how hard of a time they have initially and how changed they look and how changed they feel. And then I saw them a couple years later, and they’re perfectly healthy kids running around. You wouldn’t know they ever had anything. I thought that was amazing, and I wanted to be part of that.
I really love what I do. These kids and young adults can get the same treatment here, close to home, as they would get anywhere else. I tell these parents and these young adults, “What if it were my kid? This is where I’d go.” And I treat them just like they were my own family, so I think that’s important.
What keeps me in this line of work, what gets me going, is kind of what made me start with this work. It’s seeing those kids after they’re done with treatment, getting a hug from a patient that I treated five years ago. I just got an invitation to a tournament for one of my patients. It just made my day. You see them grow. It’s scary because one of the kids that I took care of was two when I first met him, and now he’s a healthy seven-year-old boy, and the discussions are different, but it’s wonderful. It also is wonderful that you were part of all of this with his family.
I love working with young adults, but the kids are kind of my weak point. I love the kids, when they smile around. I work in a Cancer Center that sees both kids and adults, and a lot of times some of their concerns are like, “What’s going on?” And it’s just a four-year-old running around a bouncy ball that makes my day. It just makes me happy. Yes, they’re going through a lot sometimes, but they’re just kids. That’s all they care about is, “What’s next? When can I play? What kind of toy can I get?” That just makes my day.
American Board Pediatrics
American Board Pediatrics (Pediatric Hematology-Oncology)
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, 441066054 2012
University at Buffalo Program
Buffalo, NY 2009
American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon 2005