Nawal Nour to Speak on Global Women's Health

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 28, 2017—Nawal Nour, director of the ambulatory obstetrics practice at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and associate professor and director of the African Women’s Health Center at Harvard Medical School, will deliver the Public Health Class of 1960 lecture at Williams College. Nour’s lecture, “Global Women’s Health: Saving Lives,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, in Griffin Hall, room 3.

Nour actively researches the health and policy issues regarding female genital cutting (FGC). She established the African Women’s Health Center at Harvard Medical School, and was honored as a 2003 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for creating the country’s only center of its kind that focuses on both physical and emotional needs of women who have undergone FGC.

She has spoken in numerous academic and national conferences regarding the medical management of women who have undergone FGC. Committed to its eradication, Nour travels throughout the country conducting workshops to educate African refugees and immigrants on the medical complications and legal issues of this practice. She served on a FGC task force for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and was the primary author of Female Genital Cutting, Clinical Management of Circumcised Women, published by ACOG. This slide-lecture kit aims to educate obstetricians-gynecologists on the medical management of circumcised women in the United States and Canada.

A board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, Nour was born in the Sudan and raised in Egypt and England. She came to the United States to attend Brown University. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1994 and completed a chief residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, in 1998. She received the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Health Policy where she obtained her Master’s in public health at Harvard School of Public Health in 1999. She has received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College and Williams College for her community work and outreach.

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