Arthritis and Osteoporosis Consultants of the Carolinas welcomes Dr. Mai Abdelnabi to our group! Dr. Mai is now accepting new patients.

Tell us, why did you chose George Washington University for medical school? I really liked GW’s medical curriculum, their scholarly concentration program (I was in the medical education track) and their commitment to community service. I also did my undergrad at GW, fell in love with DC and knew I wanted to stay there for my medical training. Being in a big city, I had the opportunity to interact with multiple diverse communities. If I had to choose all over again, GW School of Medicine would still be my #1 choice! 

Why did you choose the University of Virginia for residency? UVA residency interview experience was by far my favorite! In addition to being a very strong academic program with a good track record of training excellent internists, everyone I met at my interview was friendly and I felt very welcomed. Charlottesville is also close to my family. 

How did you choose Rheumatology as your specialty? Immunology has always been fascinating to me and I like to think of rheumatology as practical immunology (in terms of understanding disease mechanisms and therapeutics). In addition, I enjoy the critical thinking aspect of rheumatology; rheumatologists get to evaluate patients with a complicated set of symptoms and sometimes make rare diagnoses (it is like being a detective in medicine!). I also like the continuity of care and the fact that we now have great medications in rheumatology. Seeing your patients improve dramatically is such a rewarding experience! 

What do you enjoy most about your day to day practice? Definitely my interactions with patients, getting to know them well and being able to make a positive impact on their lives. I also enjoy performing diagnostic ultrasound and doing some procedures/joint injections. 

What led you to practice with AOCC? Being just out of fellowship, I was interested in joining a single speciality rheumatology group. AOCC has a great reputation and one of my fellowship attendings actually recommended them to me. When I interviewed there, everyone I spoke with seemed very happy and it was clear to me that it was a group that valued its providers and staff and looked out for one another. In addition, I have always been drawn to Charlotte as a city so I was excited to find out that AOCC had a rheumatology position opening! 

Has there been one patient, staff member, or caregiver story that has stuck with you during your career thus far? I evaluated a patient with a number of ‘unusual’ and quite debilitating symptoms. He had seen several other providers before seeing us but no clear diagnosis was made. When we saw him, we suspected a specific but rare diagnosis. We sent him for the appropriate diagnostic testing which confirmed our suspicion and he was started on treatment with significant improvement in his symptoms. When he followed up with me, he thanked me for making the diagnosis and “giving [him] [his] life back”. This positive experience always reminds me of the impact we can have on our patients. 

Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations? I am a member of ACR (American College of Rheumatology)

Do you have any hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you? In my free time, I enjoy traveling, hiking/nature walks, cooking, spending time with my family and friends and playing with my two cats!

AOCC is pleased to welcome Gordon K. Lam, MD, FACR.