A Lebanese immigrant leads U.S. OB-GYN robotic surgeons
Despite growing up in a troubled country where chances of having a better living and work standards are limited, Gaby Moawad managed to overcome his background and achieve new heights in the medical field outside his homeland.
Moawad, a 39 year-old immigrant from Lebanon, was recently picked in an online survey as one of the United States’ top doctors.
The survey, carried by the Washigtonian, asked 12,000 doctors representing 40 medical fields from across the U.S. to give their professional opinion with regard to the quality of work other fellow doctors provided in their respective domains. Moawad led the pack in advanced robotic surgery within the Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB-GYN) field.
Robotic surgery, which constitutes a breakthrough in surgical technology, features minimal invasive surgery with great precision resulting in shorter recovery time and even allows patients to walk out of the hospital the same day. According to Dr. Moawad, robotics provides an alternative to some traditional surgeries and laparoscopy.
“Robotic surgery allows patients to recover the same day after their surgery and to resume their regular activity withing 10 to 14 days, with minimal complications and less pain. It also provides swift desirable plastic surgery results,” he told Newsweek Middle East in an interview.
Leaving his hometown Zgharta in northern Lebanon, Moawad traveled to the U.S. in 2007, following the Israeli aggression on the tiny mediterranean country, which has become “unstable,” according to him.
The young doctor completed his undergraduate medical training at the Lebanese University in 2002. He later specialized in OB-GYN at Saint George Hospital at the Balamand University in Lebanon between 2003 and 2007. Moawad went on to excel during his four-year residency at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and received several awards, including the prestigious American Association of Laparoscopic Gynecologist (AAGL) award for excellence in endoscopic surgery.
Immigration was not part of his plans, as the doctor puts it, but he says he took the decision to leave his country after he saw the general situation in Lebanon deteriorate. Another reason for him to leave was because the Lebanese market became “over saturated” with doctors.
He also felt he “needed more training to be able to present top medical care” to his patients.
Moawad does not hide his pain and his sorrow when speaking of the ailing health sector in Lebanon, which according to many, suffers from corruption that has turned Lebanese hospitals into businesses rather than humane institutions that care for the patient’s health as a top priority.
“The Lebanese health sector needs a real intervention from the right [officials] to regulate the issuing of medical certificates… It needs a strict supervision when it comes to healthcare and health insurance, for the purpose of providing unified top care among hospitals,” according to Dr. Moawad.
He further stressed on the necessity of preventing political intervention in the healthcare system in Lebanon. “A patient’s life should be treated with respect first and foremost, above anything else.”
Dr. Moawad is a published author with a particular interest in fibroids, endometriosis and minimally invasive gynecologic procedures.
The accomplished immigrant with big dreams is now a certified expert in robotic surgery and has been teaching nationally the Masters “Advanced” Course in robotic surgery to other OB-GYN surgeons to advance their robotic skills. He is further the official spokesperson for robotic surgery worldwide.
Striving to provide a minimally invasive approach to his patients’ surgical needs whenever possible, Moawad is considered the best among his peers when it comes to such an advanced field, including performing operations related to laparoscopy, robotic surgery and hysteroscopy.
Mouawad, a certified OB-GYN, is also an assistant professor of OB-GYN at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He completed an AAGL fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery (MIGS) at The GW Medical Faculty Associates.
Mouawad is currently one of 100 doctors across the globe who belong to The Surgical Excellence Centre.