Samar H. Ibrahim, M.B., Ch.B.
What attracted you to pediatric gastroenterology?
My interest in pediatric gastroenterology started during my pediatric rotation in medical school. I had the chance to see several patients with gastrointestinal pathology who improved remarkably after initiation of appropriate therapy.
My passion for liver disease developed during my residency with my exposure to a wide variety of metabolic, genetic and autoimmune conditions that manifest primarily as a hepatic dysfunction or inflammation.
Organ donation and liver transplantation were always fascinating subjects for me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to care for people who have received a lifesaving gift.
What attracted you to Mayo Clinic for fellowship training?
Mayo Clinic is a world-known health care and research institution that attracts applicants from all over the world. It is the collegiality and respect people show during the interview process that make you feel you found your second home.
What makes the Mayo Clinic Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship unique?
- Exposure to a wide variety of gastrointestinal diseases, with cases ranging from the bread-and-butter to the rare
- Interaction with experienced faculty who provide a balance between autonomy and support
- Opportunity and protected time to pursue a master's degree in clinical research or acquire the skills needed to complete a basic science research project
Did anything surprise you about Mayo's program?
On the clinical side, I was surprised by the efficient and timely patient care as well as the available ancillary support. On the research side, it was the available resources, such as the Rochester Epidemiology Project (a unique research infrastructure system) and the availability of a wide variety of research cores to support basic and translational science investigators.
What's it like living in Rochester, Minn.?
Rochester is a safe city. People are nice and friendly. It is the best place to raise a family with no traffic and a short commute to work.
What does your future look like right now?
I am excited about starting my career as a Mayo pediatric gastroenterologist, with a focus on liver disease and liver transplantation. As a junior faculty member, I have the opportunity to pursue my research interest in a mentored and supportive environment and develop a clinical interest and expertise.