Syria to HSS: One Physician's Journey

Orthopedics This Week—October 13, 2015

Orthopedics This Week shares the story of Bassel Diebo, MD, a spine fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery, who moved from Syria to the United States to practice medicine specializing in spine care and research.

According to the article, Dr. Diebo left Syria after completing two years of training in general surgery at Ibn Al Nafees Hospital in Damascus, the capital of Syria. Now a postdoctoral fellow at Hospital for Special Surgery, Dr. Diebo is solidly focused on his promising new life and on the future.

"In order to function well and integrate into my new life, I had to disconnect from Syria…no news, nothing. I began observing Dr. Shepherd at Methodist Hospital and stayed there for seven months. I learned what the expectations were for interacting with patients, something that is pretty different than in Syria. The quality of care is so much better here, and it was truly refreshing to see that bedside manner is viewed as a very important part of clinical care. At that time I would observe two or three cases in the OR per day, then help out in the spine clinic the rest of the day," said Dr. Diebo.

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