Dr. Al-Awabdy is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, where he received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and completed post-graduate work in biochemistry. During that time, he worked at The Carter Center’s Mental Health Department overseeing various public health projects and volunteered at both Emory University Hospital and Egleston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Al-Awabdy completed his medical degree at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga., where he was elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society and served as vice president for the local chapter of the American Association of Family Physicians. He also chartered and led a student-run free clinic for uninsured workers and volunteered at other clinics during medical school.
Following his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Dr. Al-Awabdy completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and hepatology at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB). While at UAB, he served for three years as an instructor for the School of Medicine’s introductory course to clinical medicine. In addition, he presented at various national events and was published in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy for his collaborative research on the use of removable self-expanding metal stents for benign esophageal diseases.
He is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology, the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, and the American College of Physicians, and has held various leadership positions for local chapters of the American Medical Association. For the second consecutive year, he was named to Atlanta magazine's 'Top Doctors' guide in gastroenterology by Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
In addition to general gastroenterology, Dr. Al-Awabdy has a special interest in liver disease and therapeutic endoscopy. He is fluent in Arabic and joined the practice in 2012.