Deena Kishawi is a fourth-year medical student at Stritch School of Medicine – Loyola University Chicago. Her own personal experiences in the operating room revealed to her the need to raise awareness about the barriers faced by hijab-wearing women in surgery.

She is interested in diversifying the field of surgery to accommodate for females and minorities who otherwise would be hesitant to pursue surgery as a career choice. She strives to teach, research, mentor, and learn within her medical community as well as her Chicago community.

Her research interests include medical education, leadership and women in medicine, artificial intelligence, medical device production, and functional outcomes and quality of life for patients post-injury and operation.