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Surgeon Spotlight: Dr. Farzana Wali Jebran

Dr. Jebran (right) with a recovering fistula
patient following a successful repair surgery

Dr. Farzana Wali Jebran is a fistula surgeon at CURE International Hospital of Kabul and director of its OBGYN fellowship training program.

The youngest of seven children, Dr. Jebran’s parents strongly emphasized the importance of education as they grew up in Afghanistan. When she completed secondary school, Dr. Jebran made the decision to attend medical school and specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. After a stint at Malalay Maternity Hospital, she continued her education in order to become an OB/GYN specialist trainer.

When CURE International opened its hospital in Kabul in 2005, Dr. Jebran jumped at the opportunity to enter their OB/GYN fellowship training program. As the top performer in the fellowship, she was eventually selected to be the director of the program, a position she has held since 2007. Through this program, Dr. Jebran helps train resident doctors in advanced gynecological care and basic fistula repair which the residents are able to put into practice when they return to their respective hospitals throughout the country.

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Dr. Jebran (peach scarf) and Dr. Lauri Romanzi (grey scarf) with trainees from CURE’s OB/GYN fellowship program. Photo Courtesy of Dr. Lauri Romanzi.

Dr. Jebran began her career as a fistula surgeon in 2006, and trained at the renowned Hamlin Fistula Hospital in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. To date, she has performed over 300 fistula repair surgeries. Dr. Jebran was inspired to pursue a career in fistula repair after seeing the immense need in her country. Decades of war, high rates of maternal mortality, weak medical training programs, and declining rates of girls’ education have presented very particular challenges for women’s healthcare in Afghanistan.

When asked about these challenges, Dr. Jebran said, “None of these challenges can stop me from doing my work, I will try to help these women as long as I have the ability, especially fistula patients. But I hope that one day we will see the end of fistula altogether.”

This article was originally featured in our Spring 2015 newsletter. Click here to read the entire newsletter.

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