April 9th, 2012

For Ill Somalis, Healing Distrust

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Area doctors work to bridge cultural suspicion of medical care, particularly life-saving transplants…Nearly 700 Minnesotans have died for want of liver transplants in the last 15 years. But Dr. Mohamed Hassan, the physician who treated the young woman, thinks she needn't have been one of them…Despite the serious nature of his work, a deep-throated chuckle follows Hassan everywhere he goes. On a Sunday afternoon in late March, it followed him to the Cedar-Riverside area, home to one of the largest communities of Somali immigrants in North America. There, Mayo Clinic and pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences brought together Somali and non-Somali doctors and researchers to educate community members about hepatitis and liver disease.

 

 

Star Tribune by Amanda Bankston   4/9/12

Tags: Dr. Mohamed Hassan, Education, Gilead Sciences, Somali, Transplant

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