Caring for US Veterans Helped Lead Iraqi Immigrant to Develop Prostate Cancer Advances

Laura Panjwani
Published: Saturday, Aug 06, 2016
Maha H. Hussain, MB ChB

Maha H. Hussain, MB ChB

Life hasn’t always gone as planned for Maha H. Hussain, MB ChB.

Hussain made the difficult decision to leave her home in August 1980, escaping just 5 weeks before the war began. The couple planned to return and rebuild their lives in Baghdad once it was safe again. That day never came.

Finding Her Inspiration

Today, Hussain is internationally known as a leader in clinical research in the field of genitourinary (GU) cancers, where her work has led to changing the standards of care for patients with metastatic prostate cancer.

Maha H.
Hussain, MB ChB When she first started at the VA, Hussain wasn’t sure how her patients, many of whom served in the military in the Middle East, would respond to a female Iraqi physician.
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