Dr. Rahel Nardos moves calmly down the aisles of the ward, smiling and touching the arms of patients. Growing up in Addis Ababa, Rahel earned a scholarship to attend the American School. She set off to America to get her undergraduate degree, and soon was sitting in a classroom at Yale, enrolled in medical school. Her work is becoming more refined as a urogynocologist as a fellow at Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU).
Rahel is devoted to her country, and feels a strong desire to return in some way to help women’s health in rural settings. She is writing a proposal so that OHSU might start sending a rotation of doctors to Gimbie Hospital. We all have high hopes that this proposal will go through. The women of Ethiopia and the medical staff at Gimbie will benefit, and the OHSU students will increase their knowledge by working with pathologies rarely seen in the United States.
Rahel worked day and night at Gimbie Hospital, long after the other doctors retired for the night. Most importantly, she connected with the women via hope and understanding.
We are in awe of you, Rahel, and hope to be a part of your journey.
(See extremely tired Rahel dancing to Madagascar’s Olombelo Ricky’s music here.)