Massachusetts Medical Society: Dr. Sarrah Shahawy honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with Reducing Health Disparities Award

Dr. Sarrah Shahawy honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society with Reducing Health Disparities Award

 Sarrah Shahawy

WALTHAM – Dr. Sarrah Shahawy, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and instructor at Harvard Medical School, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the recipient of its 2023 Reducing Health Disparities Award, an honor recognizing an individual who has made outstanding contributions to reducing health disparities due to race, socioeconomic status, age, education, or sexual orientation.

“As evidenced from her work with marginalized women and their support networks, Dr. Shahawy has been a committed leader in the effort to reduce health disparities across Massachusetts and beyond,” said Dr. Jennifer Scott of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School. “Her expertise is at the intersection of local and global migrant and refugee women’s health. She has worked with multiple immigrant and refugee groups, especially from Africa and the Middle East, in the Greater Boston Area to identify innovative solutions to address disparities in care delivery and sexual and reproductive health education.”

Shahawy is a graduate of the University of Southern California as valedictorian and Harvard Medical School and earned a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“From her initial projects examining the social health impact of female genital mutilation among Somali immigrants in Boston to better addressing the sexual health needs of refugee and asylee Muslim women, Dr. Shahawy maintains a steadfast commitment to marginalized patient populations often overlooked by current health systems,” said Dr. Mark Sueyosji of Tufts Medical Center. “Fluent in four languages, Dr. Shahawy's clinical practice has had an extraordinary impact in fostering patient-provider trust across geographies, ethnicities, religions, races, health literacies, and citizenship status. As an educator, she has introduced providers, residents, and medical students—locally and abroad—to gynecologic and obstetric techniques to manage and treat women in resource-poor areas efficiently and effectively.”

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