Situated in the historic neighborhood of Georgetown, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is one of the oldest and most renown medical centers in Washington, D.C. Our prime location in the heart of the nation’s capital is close to embassies, hotels, restaurants, shops and cultural attractions. We are an acute care teaching and research hospital with internationally recognized physicians, and the first hospital in Washington D.C., to earn a Magnet® nursing designation. This award is made by the American Nurses Credentialing Center to recognize hospitals that demonstrate excellence in nursing care. Our advanced research programs, innovative technologies and progressive treatments are available to adult and pediatric patients.
Each international patient is assigned a multilingual international services coordinator who will act as your personal health care guide and advocate. As part of our international services team at MedStar Georgetown, the international services coordinator has a medical background and, with your permission, can:
Mohammed Almujel was a high school student in Saudi Arabia when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Traveling to the United States for cancer treatment, Mohammed and his family began a medical journey that would end successfully at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute, nearly four years later.
During the surgery to remove the tumor in another U.S. state, Mohammed’s small bowel was damaged. Only a small bowel transplant would correct this complication.
“My parents asked for a referral to the best transplant center in the country,” he recalls.
The Almujel family arrived at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, where Mohammed was placed on a waiting list for a small bowel transplant.
His transplant surgery was completed at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute. It was significantly more complex than anyone had anticipated. A small bowel transplant was no longer sufficient to ensure a full recovery. By this point, Mohammed required a multi-visceral transplant to replace his stomach, intestine, liver, pancreas, colon and kidneys. “The transplant nurses and doctors helped me stay strong through a very long hospitalization and recovery. The International Services team treated us like family members and supported us mentally, emotionally and physically,” says Mohammed.
One memory stands out for Mohammed. “When I was discharged, I sat at home. I was a stranger in Washington, D.C. One of the International Services staff came to my home and offered to show me the city. We visited everything—the National Mall, the museums. I will never forget this kindness.”
Mohammed’s experience motivated him to volunteer at MedStar Georgetown. “I am very grateful to have had a second chance in this life. I want to especially help those people with the same severe needs that I had and try to inspire them to have hope."