Get to Know Your Chicago Neighbor – Dr Walid Hindo

It is not often that you can brag that the author of a book you’ve read, want to read or others have read, lives just around the corner? For all Chicago Housewifey, this is literally the case. Once you’ve been enthralled by the stories and the experiences of Dr. Walid A. Hindo, you will want to say, “Read the book! The author lives close to where I live! He is amazing!”

Get to know your neighbor by reading “From Baghdad on the Tigris to Baghdad on the Subway.” Click here to get a copy.

When Walid A. Hindo joined the Military Advance Surgical Group of the first division in Iraq in the 1960s, he knew he was on his own.

His father was one of Iraq’s highest ranking army officials under the old regime, but Hindo went against his father’s wishes to serve in the north, where there was actual hostility.


He soon learned that where you ended up in the army was based on your ethnicity, religion, and tribal relationship. Fortunately, he reported to Dr. B. Boghossian, who helped him escape Iraq by granting him a leave of absence to visit his sick grandfather in Syria.

From there, he went to the United States where he began working at a small hospital in Yonkers, New York. As an intern in the surgery department, he had the chance to ride on ambulance calls, earning $15 per ride.

Hindo reveals his unlikely rise to become one of the Unites States’ most successful doctors, from his early years in Iraq to his time as chairman of the Department of Radiology at Chicago Medical School in From Baghdad on the Tigris to Baghdad on the Subway. (source:


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