ABOUT ME

Hi, my name is Layan Alrahmani! I am a full-time academic physician, Assistant professor, and proud mama alongside my amazing husband, Zaid. We live in the Chicagoland area with our two highly spirited girls.

Besides my two demanding jobs, I love to read, paint and have recently taken up gardening.

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FAMILY LIFE

MARRIED TO MEDICINE

My husband Zaid is a cardiothoracic surgeon and scientist. Together, we love to cruise, travel, eat, bike and binge-watch shows.

GIRL MAMA

I have a 4 years old. She loves books, dining out, and her imaginary bff Puka.

My 1.5 years old. She loves eating, hugs and pulling her sister's hair. 

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EDUCATION

  • Fellowship: Maternal Fetal Medicine at Mayo Clinic

  • Residency: Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center 

  • Medical school: MD at University of Jordan

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PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology

  • Member of the Communications Committee of the Society of Maternal Fetal Medicine

  • Member of BabyCenter Medical Advisory board member

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FUN FACTS

  • I believe in minimalism, conscious and ethical consumerism, and the power of a plant-based diet

  • I am fully bilingual (English and Arabic)

  • I love to cruise with my hubby and girls. Since we have been married, we have been on 9 cruises.

  • I love to dine out, discovering hidden gems, and pretend to be a food critic. I am a proud holder of Yelp Elite Gold badge.

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FAQ

HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR HUSBAND?

We met in medical school. We were in the same medical school class. He sat behind me in physics.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I am Iraqi-Canadian-American. I was born in Baghdad, and I grew up in Canada and Jordan.

DID YOU DO UNDERGRAD?

No, I went to medical school straight out of high school. I was 18! My medical school was 6 years long: 3 years of basic science and 3 years of clinical.

WHY OBGYN?

OBGYN is the perfect blend of surgery, women's health and primary care. I love surgery and I love having continuity of care and forming long-lasting relationships with patients. It was a no-brainer!

WHY DID YOU BECOME PLANT-BASED?

I watched the Netflix documentary "What the Health" and it forever changed me. Since then I have read countless evidence based books and watched lots of documentaries.

IF YOU WEREN'T A DOCTOR, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

Teacher. A tie between English literature, art and science. Or a yoga instructor.