Abass M. Noor, MD

Associate Scholar

  •  Resident Physician | University of Pennsylvania
  •  Botswana | Ethiopia | United States
  •   Diagnostic Imaging | Health Disparities | Health Equity | International Medical Education

Languages: English, Somali


Abass Noor, MD is a Somali-American resident in Diagnostic Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Noor completed his undergraduate education at Macalester College (St. Paul, MN) and received his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University (Providence, RI). Given his experiences as a refugee from Somalia, Dr. Noor has long held a passion for working toward a more equitable future for developing countries. His current interests are primarily in medical education and in implementing sustainable radiology services in resource-limited areas of the world, particularly in East Africa.

Recent Global Health Projects

During my time as a medical student at Brown University, I developed a mental health literacy workshop on depression and anxiety for immigrants and refugees living in Providence. I collaborated with a local social service organization, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI), and held workshops for immigrant and refugee students participating in their Family Literacy and Leadership Program. Additionally, in further collaboration with DIIRI, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the Hasbro Children's Hospital's Refugee Clinic, I helped to create a curriculum to train Community Health Workers from the communities comprised of our patient population.Currently, I am working with Dr. Hansel Otero (CHOP) on lessons learned from images acquired in the field by Médecins Sans Frontières. The goal is create a framework by which the quality of images acquired in the field may be increased through identifying common pitfalls in the modalities used (primarily plain film and ultrasound).Finally, I have helped to revive the Penn RAD-AID chapter and am currently the Chapter President. Our goal is provide a platform for prospective, incoming and current radiology residents interest in global health outreach and international radiology services.

Last Updated: 26 January 2022