Introducing Dr Sara Hassan (BSc (Hons), PhD, MBBS)

Dr Sara Hassan is a medical doctor currently working in a tertiary hospital in Melbourne’s northern suburbs. Her formal qualifications have been obtained from the University of Melbourne, and include a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Immunology, a research PhD, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.

Prior to embarking on her medical career, Dr Hassan’s main interests were in scientific research. The focus of her PhD, completed at The Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, was the characterisation of novel neocentromere binding proteins, with the view to creating genetically engineered human chromosomes for gene therapy. Her main objective was to develop new technologies that could be utilised to eradicate genetically predisposed disorders on the genetic level.

Following the birth of her two children, Dr Hassan made the decision to pursue a medical degree, and has since exchanged her laboratory coat and pipette for a stethoscope. Her main interest in medicine lies in developmental paediatrics, fuelled mainly by the diagnosis of her youngest child with autism. She is a passionate autism advocate, and believes that true understanding and acceptance of children with developmental disorders can only be obtained through a transparent and vocal education campaign that strips away the many myths which exist surrounding their causes and management.

In addition to her roles as a mother, wife and doctor, Dr Hassan’s other passions include implementing philanthropic projects for local and international humanitarian causes, and strongly believes that programs which encourage the empowerment of women through education are the key to overcoming the barriers of misogyny and discrimination which exist in every society. She hope that her role on the Five Doctors project can help many women achieve both health literacy and empowerment through knowledge.