Since graduating from medical school in 1994, Rojan Jawad has been a noteworthy and inspirational leader in the regional medical field. She was fortunate to have an iconic father in the education sector who inspired her to reach her potential. Growing up in Erbil, Iraq, Rojan did not let societal limitations hold her back from pursuing her passion for healthcare, graduating as a specialist in OB/GYN and became a founding member of KISOG, and serving her community.
Rojan’s career eventually led her to become a Medical School professor, providing lectures in the OBGYN field, after completing a brief clinical attachment in Baden Hospital in Austria in 2005. In 2007, she accompanied her husband to Tucson, Arizona, where she worked at the University of Arizona Family Medicine department researching diabetes and tobacco cessation programs. She also continued her education at the university and earned a graduate certificate in Public Health. Shortly after, she enrolled in a sister city program (Kurdistan/Tucson) regarding hospital management. As a wife and mother of three children, she strived to do more by volunteering with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), assisting refugees coming to the US. In 2011, she went back to Iraq to practice OB/GYN and teach at the University level. During this time, Rojan published articles in international journals & volunteered with an Italian NGO to help Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqis who settled in the Kurdistan region.
After returning to the US in 2017, Rojan provided medical interpretation to vulnerable refugees and those with language barriers. Her excellent trilingual knowledge (English, Kurdish & Arabic) brought a sigh of relief to those she served. Rojan also got CERT training and supported Fairfax County during the COVID-19 pandemic through her role as a Case & Contact Investigator.
As a medical professional with international experience, GRM is important to Rojan because she has witnessed and worked during many civil wars and regional conflicts. Her hands-on experience and exposure to various situations and environments have helped her gain originality that distinguishes her from others. She is always seeking new ways to share her knowledge and skills to help others.