The Making of an Expert

Essa Mohamed poses in a hallway at Mayo Clinic wearing a black suit and a red tie

Losing more than a dozen family members to chronic hepatitis infection, liver cancer and other liver disease motivated Essa Mohamed to get a Ph.D. in clinical and translational science from Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and make it a daily goal to improve the lives of others. Learning that liver disease is more prevalent among Africans and Asians launched him on a mission to correct the deadly disparity.

Now after earning his degree, Dr. Mohamed is involved in research to understand liver disease and develop better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent illness. He plays a dual role as scientist and advocate trying to uncover and overcome the factors behind the disparity in liver disease in the United States and elsewhere.

"I have a vision of working at a global scale, maybe for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) or the World Health Organization or the Red Cross," Dr. Mohamed says. "I need to directly impact people."

Lewis R. Roberts, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., a Mayo gastroenterologist and hepatologist specializing in liver cancer, sees Dr. Mohamed as an emerging leader in population science and health disparities: "He could possibly carve out a niche to be the world’s expert. The skills he’s learning can be applied in many different areas."

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