Posted by Hind Omar on June 01, 2016 in Blog

hanna-attisha.jpgThe “whistleblower” of the Flint water crisis, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha is a pediatrician recognized as one of the community's key advocates.

The daughter of Iraqi immigrants, who first settled in the UK and later moved to Michigan, Hanna-Attisha says her motivation for working with impoverished communities comes from her parents’ experience living through injustice in Iraq. Watching the struggles her parents faced when they first arrived in the U.S. also helped equip her for this work. 

She has served as an assistant professor at Wayne State University and associate director of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Pediatric Residency Program. She is currently the director of Hurley Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Residency Program where she directs their Public Health Initiative with Michigan State University, which monitors the impact of lead in Flint’s water source.  

Hanna-Attisha splits her time between the clinical and research aspects of medicine. She's been featured on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore for 'keeping it hundred’ receiving the #GoldenHunnit and has become the public face of the Flint water crisis (watch below). She has received numerous honors including: the 2015 William B Weil Jr MD Endowed Distinguished Pediatric Faculty Award and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Hanna-Attisha resides in West Bloomfield with her husband, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­pediatrician Elliott Attisha, and their daughters, Nina and Layla.

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