Malak Isaac, MD

Malak Isaac, MD

 Family Medicine Department of the University of Virginia

 Resident Class of 2007

Malak Isaac

Malak Isaac, MD
Cairo University School of Medicine


"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."  Theodore Roosevelt

The University of Virginia Family Medicine was my second home. I say home because that is how I felt. I learned evidence based medicine from outstanding nationally recognized faculty members. I joined the program here as a second year resident after transferring from Texas. Everyone was very helpful and this made my transition smoother. My wife and I loved Charlottesville and wished we could have stayed there forever.

When it was time to choose a residency, I was thinking about anesthesia and I pursued an internship in general surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. It was an exciting experience that shaped my clinical knowledge. It made me a procedure-oriented person. I desired more longitudinal follow-up with my patients and redirected my interest to pursue a carrier in family medicine. I was lucky to go through this experience as it helped to define my ultimate goal of patient care.

Upon entering family medicine, I decided to join the family medicine program at Christus St. Joseph hospital in Houston, Texas. It is a community program in downtown Houston with an outstanding faculty. It was an interesting transition from surgery to family medicine, from operating and leaving my patients behind to the opportunity to follow them over time.

By the end of my first year in Texas we found out that the hospital was for sale because of financial difficulties and that it might close if no buyers were found. This news was shocking to everyone including our faculty, and everything began to fall apart including our program and the other residencies in the hospital. It also affected our patients. I had a discussion with my wife and we decided to move on and look for another program. At that time I went through an extensive search for a second year position. I did lots of interviews looking for the program that would give me the best education and help me define my goals. It was a difficult decision to make and a challenging transition but I am glad I made it.

Geriatric medicine is my career goal as it complements my talents and satisfies my career aspirations. I enjoy working with the elderly, solving their unique problems, and improving their quality of life which can sometimes be challenging, but more rewarding.