Health care is a basic human right. Imagine having a heart attack in an area with no doctors.
Imagine a child with cancer and no cancer specialists.
Imagine a child with cancer and no cancer specialists.
The Keys of Health Fellowship identifies developing areas that lack critically needed subspecialist physicians. Working with local health care teams, outstanding local physicians are carefully selected to train in world-class facilities. Once their training is completed, these exceptional physicians return to their region, serving as leaders in health care improvement and provision of world class clinical care.
Keys of Health 2021 Selection
Dr. Manar Hamed Hematology Oncology
Keys of Health Fellows 2020 Selection
Dr. Ibrahim Heeh Pediatric Hematology Ibrahim earned his Board certification in Pediatrics in 2018, and has been working as a pediatrician at Makassed Albalad clinic since 2019. He is excited to learn about childhood leukemia and lymphoma, so he can return to Palestine to confront a severe shortage of physicians with this knowledge. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer and watching movies.
Dr. Abdul Saymeh Pediatric Critical Care Abdul was the chief resident at An-Najah University Hospital in 2018, then earned his pediatrics board certification in 2019. He now serves as a lecturer at An-Najah National University. In his spare time, he enjoys reading to his daughter, swimming and playing chess. He is excited to train, because of Keys of Health fellowship, to bring world-class pediatric ICU care back to Palestine.
Dr. Abdulfattah Shalalfeh Nephrology "The Keys of Health Fellowship fills the gap in subspecialties that is lacking in Palestine. This is an essential training opportunity to improve the qualify of medical care." Abdul graduated fourth in his medical school class in 2014, then earned his internal medicine board certification in 2019. He was selected the Chief Resident of the top residency training program in the region (Al-Makassed Hospital). He is trilingual (English, Arabic and Hebrew) and is excited for his Keys of Health Fellowship to study nephrology.
Keys of Health Fellows 2019 Selection
Dr. Ahmad Qaqoor Critical Care Medicine/Pulmonary Medicine "Earning this Fellowship will improve access to better health care today and prepare for the unknowns of tomorrow." Ahmad graduated medical school in 2012, then internal medicine residency and board certification in 2018. He is thrilled to be selected as a Keys of Health fellow, to become Palestine's third board certified respirologist! His favorite sports team is the Toronto Raptors!
Dr. Bayan Abu Alrub Endocrinology Bayan graduated medical school at Al-Quds University in 2013, and earned her internal medicine board certification in 2019. She currently works at Makassad Hospital, and is excited to pursue her dream of becoming an endocrinologist. West Bank has a gap in the care of people with endocrine conditions (eg. thyroid disease, diabetes) that Bayan is excited to meet!
Dr. Mohammad Jamal Gharbeyah Critical Care Medicine "For me, earning this fellowship will save many people's lives." Mohammad graduated medical school in 2009, then earned his internal medicine board certification in 2018. He currently works as an internal medicine specialist. His additional training in critical care medicine will meet an unmet need in West Bank. In his spare time, he enjoys watching football and reading.
Graduates of the Keys of Health Program
Dr. Hani Rjoob Endocrinology Hani graduated from medical school at the University of Jordan (Amman) in 2009, then earned his Internal Medicine board certification in 2015. He currently works in Hebron and Ramallah, where he hopes to return as the region’s first endocrinologist. In Hani’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children.
Dr. Sami Baher Nephrology
Dr. Rabee Odwan Infectious Diseases
Dr. Ameer Attawneh Neonatal Intensive Care
Dr. Muayad Salman Pediatric Radiology
Dr. Deya Abureesh Pediatric Neurosurgery
Dr. Mahmoud Shbair Pediatric Hematology - Oncology
Dr. Ghada Hegazi Pediatric- Medical Genetics
Dr. Sima Abusoud Pediatric Rheumatology
Dr. Nadirah Demsaha Pediatric Metabolic Genetics
Dr. Ahmad Abushama Pediatric Neurology
Dr. Mutassim Doudine Pediatric nephrology
Dr. Sami Bounirah Pediatric Pathology
Dr. Ibrahim Shamasneh Pediatric gastroenterology
Dr. Issa Alawneh Pediatric Neurology
Who are the Keys of Health?
Dr. Ben Thomson Co-Creator, President and Co-Director Dr. Ben Thomson (MD, MSc, FRCPC) is an Associate Professor at Queen's University, and volunteer physician internationally, including in Palestine. An author of over 30 peer-reviewed articles, he has been recognized as the Mentor of the year award, twice a finalist for the top clinician and won multiple faculty teaching awards. He is currently also pursuing an MPH at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Rand Askalan Co-Director (Keys of Health Fellowship), Creator (Palestine Healthy Child Fellowship), Dr. Askalan (MD, PhD, MBA) is a pediatric neurologist, and the Founder and Director of the Palestinian Healthy Child Fellowship Program, which merged with the Keys of Health in 2019. She is the creator and CEO of Takween, the Palestinian Center of Excellence for Brain Development, in Ramallah, Palestine. She is admired and respected as an outstanding medical educator.
Dr. Tarek Loubani Co-creator and co-Director (Keys of Health Fellowship) Dr. Tarek Loubani (MD, CFPC) is an emergency room physician at London Health Science Center, and an Assistant Professor in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He is the creator and CEO of Glia-Inc, a company committed to creation of low-cost, open-sourced, high-quality medical devices. He frequently volunteers as a physician internationally, including in Gaza.
More events to be added soon!
January 1, 2021
Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Mississauga, London, Windsor to be added soon!
Edmonton- Keys of Health Fellowship: A Night of Hope and Solidarity
October 20, 2019
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Calgary – Keys of Health Fellowship: An Evening of Hope and Solidarity
October 19, 2019
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Saskatoon – Keys of Health Fellowship: An Evening of Hope and Solidarity
October 18, 2019
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Ottawa: Keys of Health Fellowship: Information Session and Fundraiser
March 5, 2016
Tudor Hall, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
There are no upcoming events at this time
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May 17, 2019