20-year-old Palestinian girl becomes youngest Doctor in the World


Iqbal-Al-Assaad became the world’s youngest doctor. She started Medical School when she was only 14 years old and completed at the age of 20.

She grew up in Bar Elias, a small village in the Bekaa valley, after her parents arrived in Lebanon.  At the age of 12, she topped in her class during her high school education. By the age of 13, Iqbal secured a scholarship to study medicine in Qatar.

Finally, at the age of 20, she not only become the youngest ever medical graduate from Cornell University’s Qatar branch, but also the youngest Arab doctor ever.

Professor of Cornell University, Dr. Imad Makki told that right from day one, she was mature and professional student.

Her dream is to open free clinic for the Palestinian refugees in the camps in Lebnan. Lack of healthcare for Palestinians touched her most deeply.

Ms. Al Assaad is now on her way to the USA for a residency in paediatrics at the Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.

(Source / 03.11.2015)

8 thoughts on “20-year-old Palestinian girl becomes youngest Doctor in the World

  1. Congratulations, superb, something to be extremely proud of. Give humanity your talent please. Greetings from the Netherlands.

  2. Wonderful news. Hope your dream comes true. Your people really need you. Careful israel or US doesnt bomb your hospital! They dont obey international laws on respecting hospitals.

  3. Felicitaciones señorita es todo un orgullo para su género, sobretodo en los países dónde se subestima tanto a las mujeres , ojalá sus sueños se hagan realidad.

  4. Congratulations on your achievements! Expecting many more to come.
    America is honored to receive you, and hopes to keep you & your exceptional talent….

  5. Dana,
    This exceptional young woman is urgently needed by her people in Lebanon or Palestine. Why would you want to keep her in America where you have many doctors already. Certainly her experience as a resident will be invaluable to her and her career, but there are few doctors where she is really needed.

  6. Another Palestinian success, despite the terrors done to Palestine: congratulations on your achievement, I guess growing up in a war zone accelerates your childhood abd progression into adulthood.

    I hope you are able to make a difference in America, both in medicine and speaking up for the Palestinian people, and are able to further your dream in Palestine.

    May God use you and your gifts to the full, and to the good. Amen.

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