Iraqi doctor discusses her achievements as U.S.-based physician
BAGHDAD, Jan. 23 – Dr. Noor Amin Roomi, a distinguished physician at Emerson Hospital, has been recognized as the 2023 Top Doctor of the Year by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for her exceptional leadership and dedication to healthcare.
Roomi discusses her achievement, attributing her success to a blend of Iraqi and Western medical methodologies. Dr. Roomi, a graduate of the University of Baghdad’s College of Medicine, combines the traditional clinical approach she learned there with cutting-edge Western technology.
Dr. Roomi has shared her insights with both Western and Arab media, explaining the factors that led to her recognition.
With over four decades of experience in Internal Medicine, Dr. Roomi has established herself as an expert in the field. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and has a keen interest in women’s health.
She began her medical journey in Baghdad, where she earned her degree.
In an interview with Hadeel Oueis, Dr. Roomi delves into her experiences and perspectives that have shaped her career:
“I am proudly Iraqi, hailing from the land of Mesopotamia. Iraqis are known for their resilience and diligence. My medical approach integrates two philosophies: the Iraqi emphasis on clinical methods, and the Western focus on modern technology.
“In the U.S., handling about 16 cases per day is standard for doctors. However, I often see up to 27 patients daily, which extends my schedule significantly.
“Having left Iraq in 1990, I am a Sabian-Mandaean, part of an ancient civilization. Sabian-Mandaeans are known for their intellectual contributions, including notable scientists like physicist Abdul Jabbar Abdullah, the first president of the University of Baghdad in the republican era.
“While Sabian-Mandaeans make up only 2% of Iraq’s population, they are prominently represented in Baghdad’s medical community. Examples include Dr. Tahseen Issa Al-Salim, former head of the laboratory at Medical City, and Dr. Hassan Ibrahim, a cancer and blood disease specialist with an American board certification.
“My passion for medicine drives me to stay abreast of global research developments. I am often the first to know about new drugs being considered by my institution, thanks to my diligent following of worldwide studies.
“My selection as the Best Physician in the U.S. was based on various criteria, including endorsements from peers with comparable scientific credentials. The awarding association conducts thorough research on nominees, assessing their patient impact and humanitarian contributions.”