Sawsan Awad, MD

Sawsan Awad, MD, MSc

Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics, Rush Medical College
Role: Faculty
Joined Rush in 2008


It is true that it has been a long time since I graduated from medical school. I enjoyed every day since graduation knowing exactly what I wanted to do, curing sick hearts. What else better than dealing with children. They are so innocent. Hence my decision early on to choose pediatric cardiology as my career. I did 2 pediatric residencies, 2 pediatric cardiology fellowships, a master degree in pediatric sciences and endless number of clinical interactions with my patients. No regrets what so ever.

What inspired you to get into your field?

The anatomy (the structure) and physiology(function) of the heart fascinated me early on in medical school. It took me one time, and one time only to understand how the heart works. I always loved children and wanted to be in close encounter with them. What else other than pediatric cardiology? The decision was clear in my mind. Hard way but full of joy.

What excited you about your work at Rush?

I liked working at Rush because everyone truly care about providing the best for patients.

Do you have tips or advice you would recommend for someone looking to enter your field of work?

This is not an easy road. But, if you like it, you’ll enjoy every moment of it.

What are your hobbies? How do you like to spend your free time?

Walking, jogging, swimming and reading.