Dr. Abu-Hassan received her M.D. and completed a residency in Family Medicine at the University of Jordan School of Medicine, with PGY-I and PGY-II family practice rotations conducted in the United Kingdom. She became a Diplomate in the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2012 and a Diplomate in Family Medicine in 2013. During her postgraduate studies, she completed a fellowship in research ethics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), a diploma in Mental Health and Health Policy Services at the University of Lisbon, Nova Medical School, and a diploma in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine at the Worhshipful Society of Apothecaries in London. Dr. Abu-Hassan joined the faculty of the University of Jordan Department of Medicine in 2013 as an Assistant Professor and Consultant. Most recently, she has served as the lead clinical/educational supervisor for 5th-year medical students in the University of Jordan Department of Family Medicine and clinical and educational supervisor for UCSD Family Medicine residents at the University of Jordan. She has held an appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at UCSD since 2017. She has served as lead physician on multiple medical missions to refugee camps in Greece and Jordan coordinated by the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees. These clinical experiences have been supplemented by locum tenens private practice clinics in London, Hampshire, and Jersey in the United Kingdom. She is a member of two multidisciplinary consortia: ASPIRE (Advancing Solutions in Policy, Implementation, Research, and Engagement for Refugees) based at Columbia University and the Global Mental Health Consortium based at UCSD. The mission of the former is to establish public health initiatives for refugee populations, while the latter provides mental health training for primary care physicians in Jordan.
Dr. Abu-Hassan has published 11 journal articles and invited commentaries that reflect her expertise on adverse effects of displacement upon the mental and physical health of refugees. She serves on multiple committees at the University of Jordan School of Medicine, including university service as representative of the Community and Family Medicine Department to the School of Medicine governing board.