Salwa Gendi, MD
I was born and raised in Egypt, from a family who was in the medical field. I grew up with an understanding of promoting health and a desire to help alleviate suffering caused by disease. Medicine for me was a calling and studies were a long meditation and prayer. I learned that creation is precious specially the human beings whom I see as a big family all over the world.
Throughout my career, I have always placed a high priority on continuing medical education and research. I was teaching echo courses to young cardiologists and technicians. In Medical school in Egypt, I finished my training in adult Cardiology & conducted two projects on rheumatic heart disease and hypertension.
During and after my training in Egypt, I had the opportunity to travel and work in different cultural environments, including France, the United States and the Arab Gulf, State of Qatar where I helped settle their congenital Echolab for pediatric cardiology and ACHD. I also volunteered as a general practitioner in a health center in Lebanon, when the need arose by the end of the war there. Through these experiences I learned a great deal about the impact of culture on the health of the individual and communities. Being multilingual has been a great advantage for me. I am fluent in English, French and Arabic.
When I immigrated to the United States I did another training in med/peds as well as pediatric cardiology, and was certified in Pediatrics, medicine, pediatric cardiology and Adults with congenital heart disease. I obtained a Master degree in clinical research from Rush University in Chicago IL.
I helped build the outreach congenital cardiology clinic in Tupelo MS while I was appointed with the University of Mississippi. Then I moved to the University of West Virginia as assistant professor of pediatric cardiology. In WVU I am starting the Adult with congenital heart disease program as program director, caring for patients with congenital heart disease since fetal life to adulthood.
Since I became a US citizen I feel happy and responsible for this fantastic country and wish to work as hard as possible to keep the values on which it was founded.