Pediatrics, Third-Year Resident and Chief Resident
I was born and raised in Metro Detroit, but my family is from Iraq. I consider myself a Chaldean-American. Chaldeans are a group of Christians who can trace their ancestry back to ancient Mesopotamia. There is a large Chaldean population in Metro Detroit, including some in the Grand Blanc area near Hurley.
I completed my undergraduate training at The University of Detroit Mercy and attended medical school at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit.
What brought you here to Michigan?
I have grown up around Metro Detroit, and, to me, it’s home. Being in Flint, Hurley allowed me to stay close to my family and friends, all while providing a supportive training environment.
Why did you choose your specialty?
Because you just can’t get away with making funny faces at your patients in any other specialty! There is never a dull moment in pediatrics, and there is such an emphasis on preventative health that truly allows you to make a difference in your patients’ lives.
Family fun facts:
My husband and I have one son, born in 2016.
When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?
Spend time with my husband and my son, my family, and friends. I have a large extended family nearby, and there is always something happening! I’m also involved at my church.
Top 5 Favs about Michigan:
We get to see all four seasons (fall is beautiful here!) and there are many beautiful places in Michigan that might surprise you. Here, you come across a wide variety of cultures and people from all socioeconomic statuses.
What surprised you the most about working at Hurley?
People aren’t kidding when they talk about Hurley being a family! It’s very evident that the hospital culture is friendly, welcoming and supportive. I feel comfortable letting my guard down, asking questions and allowing myself to grow as a physician in training. There is such an emphasis on teaching at Hurley!
Hobbies or special talents?
I love trying new foods, and I love to cook (but hate to clean). On my days off I love to try new recipes. I recently mastered making crème brûlée (after multiple failed attempts) and I just started making yogurt.