Dr. Shadi Al Smadi
Dr. Alsmadi is currently a Pediatrician at King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman, Jordan. He has nine years of experience in Pediatrics and is interested in pursuing fellowships in Intensive Care. While Dr. Alsmadi was born in Jordan, he pursued higher education in Ukraine, now living in Amman.
He received his medical degree in Ukraine, overcoming language and cultural barriers. After 7 years, he returned to Jordan to serve as a GP in private hospitals. He then pursued Pediatric Residency at Jordan University Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan. Witnessing the need of suffering children left him with a deep sense of responsibility. He knew he was called to serve sick children and began pursuing volunteer work in additional to his professional life.
He has served with NGOs such as, Doctors without Borders, Operation Smile and Save the Children, attending many missions regionally to Morocco and Egypt. Dr. Alsmadi has also taught American Heart Association courses, both Basic Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, to volunteers in Jordan, Egypt, and Morocco.
Dr. Alsmadi also served as a volunteer specialist for neonatal resuscitation in Iraq, where active military conflict was an added challenge. Dr. Alsmadi highly values volunteer work which he believes enriches the care he can provide patients, especially learning differing cultural values and customs. Personally, Dr. Alsmadi’s mother’s battle with breast cancer gave him added perspective into a family’s struggle with a loved one’s sickness. Dr. Alsmadi’s first mission with Operation Smile was in Jordan in 2008, as a pediatric Resident. He helped medical volunteers with translation and logistics. He then moved into serving as an observing Pediatrician and eventually a credentialed Pediatrician. Since, he has participated in over 15 missions.