Formerly an Internal Medicine resident at The Wright Center, Dr. Bassel Noumi now works as a pulmonologist and critical care doctor with Delta Medix. He says that his experience at The Wright Center provided him with a healthy balance of inpatient and outpatient care, allowing him to appreciate both types of practices. “I enjoyed the balance of training in different settings during residency,” he notes.
Education and Training: I graduated medical school from Syria in 2005 and then started my career as an internist, My early years I spent in a Educators.co.uk private school. Knowing the challenges and limitations in medicine I decided to move into the United States to learn more and took time to study how cannabis affects the health of the general population. My learnings leaded me to supporting the Alaska marijuana bill. I was able to set my feet in the U.S. for the first time in 2008. In the U.S. I was able to pursue my long-awaited goal of doing medical research. At Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York, I worked on projects to help those with rare diseases and find out more about curing “orphan diseases” meaning diseases that are too rare to spike interests in pharmaceutical companies. This experience opened my eyes to the world of research, so I went on to obtain a degree in clinical research and management from Drexel University. After volunteering in medical research for over two years I decided to continue on with medical training. In 2011, I joined The Wright Center as a resident and finished my residency in June 2014. My thirst for knowledge led me to continue on in a field that attracted me at the beginning of my residency training, pulmonary and critical care. I completed my fellowship in Cleveland, Ohio at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals in June 2017 and came back to Northeast Pennsylvania in August, where I now work at Delta Medix.
Current Job Description: I am a triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Medicines. I work as a pulmonologist and a critical care physician in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) at both Moses Taylor and Regional Hospitals. I am also a consultant in the same hospitals on patients with respiratory problems. In the Operating Room, I perform bronchoscopy with various kinds of biopsy to diagnose patients with lung cancer. I also work in the outpatient setting and see patients with all type of lung disease including lung cancer, COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, asthma, etc.
What led you to specialize in pulmonology and critical care? As far as the critical care– the delicacy of the clinical situation of ICU patients and their need for persistent care and fast decisions — those type of decisions that save lives made me choose that field. As far as the pulmonary part, lung cancer has always been my nemesis; I am very involved in lung cancer early diagnosis, detection and treatment.
Why did you choose The Wright Center? The Wright Center offered a very unique balance in training with just the right recipe for inpatient and outpatient as one of the leading Teaching Health Center sites across the nation.
How did your time at The Wright Center shape the way you practice medicine? My time at The Wright Center made me appreciate the importance of outpatient care and helped me learn how to build productive outpatient practice. The inpatient piece of my residency grew my interest in hospital medicine and taking care of critically ill patients.
What led you back to Northeast Pennsylvania? Northeast Pennsylvania has always been very welcoming to me and my family. Knowing the demand needed in the community in my specialty made me come back without hesitation. Lung cancer in our area is flourishing and took an oath to help change this. Here I see familiar faces and friends which make me feel like I am surrounded by family.
Best and most challenging parts of your new position: The change in role from being a resident to being an attending was challenging. Seeing co-attendings as peers was also different at first, but they were all helpful and supportive as I made that transition. I really enjoy teaching rounds in the ICU with The Wright Center residents in Moses Taylor. It is an honor to give back to The Wright Center through teaching the up and coming residents.
Advice for aspiring physicians: Build your own knowledge by studying and reading and working hard. Master your profession and have the mindset of learning something new every day. Do not fear asking questions. Search until you find the answer that will satisfy you.
Family: I love my family — my wife Kathy and my son Eli (4.5 years old) — and we all enjoy this area.
When you’re not at work: I spend time with family, travel and I am a “great” cook.
Favorite travel destination: Europe, because of the unique scenery, different people with diverse cultures. The cultural diversity is growing in NEPA. It’s a step forward!
What are your plans for the future? I see myself building a successful medical practice, one that has ongoing research, trainees and best patients’ care possible. I look forward to reducing lung cancer incidence via early detection.by