I work as a rheumatologist for Bon Secours Medical Group in Richmond, Virginia; I serve as a telemedicine consultant with Free State Health Care Telehealth; and I provide key opinion leader speeches for Horizon Pharma related to Krystexxa. I also serve as an expert witness.
My philosophy in medical care is to seek the truth of the diagnosis and treat each patient individually. I believe in treating a patient and not a disease. I also believe that before selecting a treatment, the diagnosis must be substantiated by evaluation of the patient, their medical records, and my medical knowledge. Laboratory testing does not necessarily rule in or rule out a rheumatologic disease, therefore, a comprehensive approach must be done individually on every patient. Therefore, I take it upon myself to confirm a previous diagnosis as to not subject patients to expensive and potentially toxic medications.
The extensive chart review I conduct for every patient furnishes me with the comprehensive knowledge necessary to be a powerful advocate.
I completed my medical school training at the American University of Beirut then internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas - Wichitia. I then completed my rheumatology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
I am board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. I am also certified by the American College of Rheumatology in Musculoskeletal ultrasound (RhMSUS).
I speak Arabic and English. In my free time, I enjoy cycling, snowboarding, and traveling.