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Mohamad Eloubeidi is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alabama (UAB) Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He is also the Director of the UAB Endoscopic Ultrasound Program and the Co-Director of the Pancreatic-biliary center.
Dr Eloubeidi graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1993 with distinction. Subsequently, he joined Duke University in 1993, where he completed his residency in internal medicine, a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology, and a fellowship in health services research and development earning a Master’s degree in Clinical Research and Investigation. He subsequently spent a year at MUSC in Charleston, South Carolina, where he was trained in endoscopic ultrasonography and related technologies; he graduated in 2000.
Dr Eloubeidi was subsequently recruited to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he developed the first Endoscopic Ultrasound Program. The UAB EUS program is currently among the busiest in the country and performs close to 1500 EUS examinations a year.
His research focuses mostly on the role of endoscopic ultrasonography in staging gastrointestinal malignancy and lung cancer. He has published extensively in the role of EUS-guided fine needle aspiration biopsy in various organs. He also is very interested in work related to complications of EUS-FNA.
Dr Eloubeidi is currently a member of the AGA, ASGE, and ACG. He serves on the Editorial Review Board of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He has over 100 peer reviewed publications mostly highlighting the role of Endoscopic Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy. He is also currently the chair of ASGE EUS special interest group.
- What made you decide to become a gastroenterologist?
- Gastroenterology involves a wide variety of disorders and combines cognitive as well as procedural aspects - the specialty was very attractive.
- Who was the teacher you admired the most?
- Ralph Corey MD Internal Medicine Program Director of Duke University's residency program; Stanley Branch MD for his compassionate teaching of endoscopy; and Brenda Hoffman MD for her dedication of teaching endoscopic ultrasonography.
- Which research paper (by another person) influenced you the most?
- The GUSTO trial in cardiology showing the advantage of TPA over streptokinase for treating acute myocardial infarction and the initial studies published by Loren Lane on the role of endoscopic treatment of bleeding peptic ulcers.
- What is the most important fact that you have discovered?
- Stay humble and appreciate one’s health and blessings that are too many to count.
- What is the biggest mistake that you have made?
- To err is human.
- What is your unfulfilled ambition?
- To publish a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine.
- What is your greatest regret?
- How do you relax?
- By reading books in my house at the lake front in Lake Cyrus, and spending time with my wife Rana and 3 lovely children Dala, Samih and Ola.
- What is your favorite sport?
- What is your best place in the world?
- With internal peace, any place in the world is magnificent. However, some of my favorite places are hilly mountains and beaches in Lebanon; the mountains in North Carolina; Charleston downtown and its beaches; Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia; and finally my little home in Hoover, Alabama, in Lake Cyrus, where silence and the beauty of nature can be greatly felt.
- What is your favorite film?
- “A Few Good Men” starring Jack Nicholson, Tom Cruise, and Demi Moore.
- What car do you drive?
- Jaguar X-type 2005.
- What is your best electronic "'toy"?
- The Olympus GF-UM 160 echo-endoscope.
- What book are you reading at the moment?
- "How to Win With People".
- Why did you get in involved in GastroHep.com?
- I got involved in GastroHep.com thanks to my mentors at MUSC Dr Hawes and Dr Cotton.