Since his early years as a student, Dr. Omar Chamdine was determined to become a physician, specifically a hematologist. “The major driver for me was my father, who had severe hemophilia A,” he said.
In 1996 he graduated from high school in Lebanon and travelled to Belarus to attend the Belarussian State Medical University. He did his residency at the MGH-American University of Beirut. Two pediatric hematology oncology fellowships followed at the University of Lille, France, and the American University of Beirut. Dr. Chamdine finished his training in 2015 when he completed a pediatric neuro-oncology fellowship at St Jude.
Since 2016 Dr. Chamdine has worked in Saudi Arabia. Currently he is a pediatric hematology-oncology and neuro-oncology consultant at King Fahad Specialist Hospital in Dammam. He is director of the hospital’s pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship program. Dr. Chamdine is also a researcher and member of the St Jude Global Alliance.
“I have had a wonderful journey. I feel blessed to be able to work in this field to help and support children and their families,” he says. “However, at this point I feel that I want to do more, and I am sure that the Master of Science in Global Child Health program will help me gain knowledge in fields that are necessary to improve personally and professionally. The program will enable me to offer more global and comprehensive care for my patients and patients in other parts of the world. “
Hometown: Saida, Lebanon
Pediatric Neuro Oncology: St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (2015)
Pediatric Hematology Oncology: University of Lille 2, France and American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2011, 2013)
Pediatrics: MGH-American University of Beirut, Lebanon (2009)
Medical Degree: Belarussian State Medical University, Belarus (2004)