Dr. Mohamed Hassanein is an assistant professor in the Division of Nephrology at UMMC. Here, he shares a bit about what he does at UMMC, and some advice he has learned along the way.

What is your professional background?

I graduated from Alexandria University in Egypt. Following that, I worked as a primary care physician for 3 years followed by 1 year of research at Northwestern University. I then completed an internal medicine residency followed by 2 fellowships in nephrology and hypertension at Cleveland Clinic, and a virtual glomerular disease fellowship with GlomCon, before joining UMMC as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the division of Nephrology and Hypertension.

Tell us about what you do at UMMC.

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UMMC. I am a clinician, educator, and researcher. I take care of patients both in the inpatient and outpatient services, including outpatient hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients. I teach medical students, internal medicine residents, and nephrology fellows the fundamentals of internal medicine, nephrology, and hypertension. I am the sub-investigator of 4 ongoing clinical trials focusing on the effect of several medications on reducing progression of diabetic and non-diabetic kidney disease, including APOL-1 mediated kidney disease.

What advice would you give to someone pursuing medicine today?

Treat your patients as if they were your family members. Continue to ask questions and read. Always reflect on your progress and never forget to give time to yourself. Self-wellness is essential if you plan on continuing to provide the best care to your patients.

What do you like most about UMMC?

Collegiality and hospitality. My family and I enjoy living in Mississippi.

Tell us something about yourself that people may not know.

I was torn between becoming a psychiatrist or an internist. I decided to meld both by pursuing internal medicine and using my communication skills into providing better care for my patients. Here is a link for a video I published on how to interview a patient with a psychiatric disorder.

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