Jan 7, 2022
Deena Kishawi, MD, is a Chicago-based OBGyn resident physician
who is particularly interested in health outcomes that are unique
to Middle Easterners and North Africans residing in the United
States. With her fluency in the Arabic language, her research with
Muslim patients in healthcare, and her work with immigrant,
refugee, and first-generation communities in Chicago, she is
currently conducting research on these populations and is working
towards training and educating healthcare providers about the
unique challenges these population face.
Dr. Kishawi is Muslim and wears a hijab and keeps her arms
covered, so her first experience in the operating room as a medical
student was challenging and led to start the blog HijabInTheOR.com.
Her aim is to make the OR a safe and respectful place for hijab
wearing healthcare providers. We discuss what her experience has
been like treating patients wearing a hijab, both the good and the
bad. We also discuss some of the basic tenants of Islam with which
we should be familiar to best help our patients and our trainees
and some issues in our healthcare system that can undermine Muslim
patients and potentially impact their care.