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CRS scholar pens memoir

July 2009

Mona Sadek, M.D., MD ‘94, has published her memoir, “From Kittens to Babies” (PublishAmerica). The book tracks Sadek from her birth in Nicosia Cyprus to her years spent in Greek, American, and British schools in Damascus, Syria, and in Cyprus, to her move to the United States, where at the age of 16, she began college. Sadek recalls the horrors of growing up during wartime: walking weekly for the family’s water as fighter planes zoomed across the sky and bombs detonated in the neighborhood. All the while, the Sadek home was a safe haven for feline strays. Sadek makes the connection from watching in wonder as the kittens’ babies were born in front of her eyes to her career path taking gradual shape. She completed an undergraduate degree in microbiology and earned her medical degree from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine where she was a Canby Robinson Scholar. She completed an internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where she met her future husband. They live in the Roanoke Valley, Va., with their two children.

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