Roberto and Hisam


Born to Egyptian Muslim Immigrants in 1978 in Minneapolis, Hisam was raised with the notion that people are far more important than material objects and that giving back to one’s community is an essential part of living. With such strong moral values in place, Hisam completed a Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Zoology and a Medical Doctorate at the University of Wisconsin.  Committed to serving vulnerable, under served and uninsured patient populations, Hisam trained in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry with additional certification in international health.  After traveling the world and working with multiple non-governmental organizations to improve maternal and child health, Hisam moved to Atlanta, Georgia.  He served as the Medical Director for Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry at Emory University.  In 2012, Hisam and his Peruvian partner, Roberto, moved to Seattle, married and adopted Evita, a Golden Retriever.   Presently, Hisam is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Washington and works at Northwest Hospital in Gerontology and Geriatric Psychiatry.

Hisam has received numerous local and regional awards for his clinical care, teaching and community advocacy.  He won national attention from Alpha Omega Alpha (the national honor medical society) for his work to address the enrollment disparities of women in health-related professions.  He went on to help decrease the "under 5 mortality" crisis in Guatemala by creating a project to develop women as leaders in healthcare.  Hisam has also worked with dentists to establish a low-cost dental clinic in Madison and a mobile health care bus in Egypt.  He has worked with Planned Parenthood, providing care to patients in need.  Hisam has counseled and provided psychiatric management for transgender patients who suffered from body dysmorphia, depressive and anxiety disorders.  He has helped LGBTQ patients newly diagnosed with HIV.  Hisam's passion for improving the lives of the less fortunate and community enhancement echos throughout his work and life.

Outside of his field of study, Goueli is a local performing artist and storyteller.  He performs improvisational theater, scripted theater, circus and burlesque throughout Seattle.  His work in the arts has helped him to develop community and build his chosen family.  He currently serves as a Board Member for Theatre Off Jackson in the International District.  Hisam proudly supports the arts, and believes that arts & culture help to retain the creative soul of a city.