How one medical supply company is helping improve the lives of refugees in Lebanon

By Dr. Anu Shivaraju, April 2019

Omar Jobe was our honorary guest in #Lebanon. He was representing Boston Scientific, a medical device company, who have been insanely generous with their copious donations of wires, catheters, balloons, and stents for these Cardiac medical missions we have had over the last several years. Thanks to their generosity we have been able to treat hundreds of refugees with significant coronary artery disease over the last several years. Omar Jobe and Julie Puljic Soldo have played such an integral part in making this happen.

Omar was born to Gambian parents and can speak five languages. He received his MBA in Marketing and his Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Wisconsin. Did I mention that he went to medical school and did a fellowship in #Cardiology? Impressive!

Our paths crossed in 2014 when I was heading to #Jordan on my first Cardiac medical mission. I was looking for donations of coronary stents and other cardiac equipment when I was put in touch with Omar. Despite my last minute request, Omar came through for us in a big way and has continued to do so ever since. He loves his current position with Boston Scientific as he often finds himself at the crossroads of all relationships internally at his company and externally. He gets to work with non-profit organizations such as #MedGlobal, with thought leaders, hospitals, regulatory bodies, etc.

Omar has formed his own non-profit organization called SCHEDA, which was “founded with the mission to help reduce morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular disease, especially from coronary artery disease, structural heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease, in underserved low and middle-income populations globally.” I am grateful to have a friend like Omar and I look forward to our continued efforts to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality around the world.

We at MedGlobal want to thank Omar, Julie, and the Boston Scientific team for their generosity. Please donate to support our medical missions in Lebanon. You can also support us by becoming a volunteer.

Companies interested in supplying much-needed medical equipment to support MedGlobal medical missions can contact us!