P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Deema Arafah, 2006


Deema Arafah is the child of immigrants from Palestinian Territories

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MD in Medicine at Harvard University

DR. DEEMA ARAFAH is a pediatrician in Seattle. She received her MD at Harvard University.

Deema was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Palestinian parents who immigrated to the United States in 1978.

Deema graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2005 with a BA in history of science.

After college, Deema worked as an intern and telemedicine coordinator for the World Health Organization in Jerusalem and the Occupied Palestinian Territories; her work was supported by a fellowship from the Harvard Committee for Human Rights. She has also worked as an EMT and public health field researcher in the West Bank and with Physicians for Human Rights-Israel helping to coordinate medical evacuations. She has presented papers on Palestinian health and human rights at international conferences and was recently published in Haaretz, a major Israeli newspaper.

Once an accomplished footballer, Deema enjoys coaching youth soccer teams in refugee camps and US inner-cities. Deema hopes to pursue a career as a physician-advocate and medical educator. She is especially concerned with improving access to quality health care and education for people rendered socially or politically "invisible."


  • MD Medicine | Harvard University 2010
  • BA History of Science | Harvard University 2005
Work History
  • Pediatrician
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