As a Muslim Doctor, I Don’t Say Vaccination Is Permissible, I Say It Is Obligatory
April 9, 2021
Dr. Nour Akhras
Dr. Nour Akhras is a board-certified pediatric infectious diseases physician who has been working at a free-standing Women and Children’s Hospital in the suburbs of Chicago for the last 9 years. Dr. Akhras was trained in pediatrics at the University of Illinois Chicago Medical Center and completed her fellowship at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a BA in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago and received her medical degree from Rush Medical College.
She has served on the board of IMAN (Inner City Muslim Action Network), a grassroots organization that fosters transformational change in urban communities where she co-chaired IMAN’s youth group, Pillars, for many years. She has also participated in multiple medical missions to support Syrian refugees and displaced war victims in Yemen. She has served on the boards of the Syrian American Medical Society Midwest chapter and MedGlobal. She has advocated for the rights of refugees by authoring op-eds in newspapers like USA Today and the Chicago Sun-Times and through speaking engagements including presenting at Washington DC’s National Press Club on the effects the violence of the Syrian war has had on the lives of Syrian women.
During the pandemic, she has led many virtual and in-person sessions regarding the risks of acquiring covid, the risk to the healthcare system if public health measures were not heeded and the importance of the vaccine effort. She partner in a program coordinated by the US Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC in one such program.
She lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband and four children.