ELITE 2019 Mentor Chadi Nabhan of Aptitude Health

Chadi Nabhan

Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

Aptitude Health

An Inspiration for All

The very best mentors do not just advise; they inspire. And Chadi Nabhan, MD, MBA, FACP, inspires. Starting with his journey from his native country of Syria to the U.S.

From the beginning, he knew that with a medical degree from a developing nation and English as his second language, the odds of landing a residency at a top hospital were stacked against him, but he was determined. He cold-called academic research institutions in Boston offering his availability for unpaid labor. It worked: He found a research position at Massachusetts General Hospital and published a peer-reviewed paper based on his lab work. His hard work, dedication, and grit helped him secure an internship and residency at Loyola University of Chicago followed by a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Northwestern University. That same tenacity and resourcefulness as well as his tendency to always do more than is required is something the people who work with him feel a need to emulate.

“Chadi took an interest in my research ideas and worked with me on several original projects, beginning with a presentation at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in 2017,” says one colleague. “More than that, Chadi gave me genuine encouragement, coached me to do more and do better, and always spoke to me as though I was a peer, even though I was much less accomplished than he was. Having known Chadi for over two years, I know that I did not get special treatment. The kindness and generosity he showed me are authentically part of who he is, to everyone, all the time.”

Chadi is driven by his scientific curiosity and a desire to learn. A prolific author, researcher, and clinical trialist, he has published more than 300 peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts. And through his active presence on Twitter—and as host of his own podcast, “Outspoken Oncology”—Chadi is an influential figure in his field.

“Chadi is the kind of person who makes a difference,” adds one mentee, “and he has made a difference for me.”


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