20-year-old Palestinian girl becomes youngest Doctor in the World

Iqbal-Al-Assaad became the world’s youngest doctor. She started Medical School when she was only 14 years old and completed at the age of 20.


She grew up in Bar Elias, a small village in the Bekaa valley, after her parents arrived in Lebanon.  At the age of 12, she topped in her class during her high school education. By the age of 13, Iqbal secured a scholarship to study medicine in Qatar.


Finally, at the age of 20, she not only become the youngest ever medical graduate from Cornell University’s Qatar branch, but also the youngest Arab doctor ever.




Professor of Cornell University, Dr. Imad Makki told that right from day one, she was mature and professional student.


Her dream is to open free clinic for the Palestinian refugees in the camps in Lebnan. Lack of healthcare for Palestinians touched her most deeply.


Ms. Al Assaad is now on her way to the USA for a residency in paediatrics at the Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.