About Dr. Barsoom:

Dr. Raafat Barsoom is the embodiment of the American Dream. He came to the United States to escape religious oppression and terrorism in the Middle East and grasped the opportunity that America provides to become a doctor, raise a family and live the American Dream. 

His passion for personal freedom, political liberty and economic opportunity was born of his experience of living in a county that offered few of these things. Dr. Barsoom has spent his life serving others and wants to continue to pursue his passion as a member of the House of Representatives, where he will defend liberty and help ensure America remains the land of opportunity.

Dr. Barsoom was born in Cairo, Egypt to a Christian working-class family. His dream as a boy was to become a doctor who would serve the people in his community. He was admitted to the University of Cairo and earned a medical degree in 1993. He furthered his education at the American University in Cairo studying social and health development and served the community as a health care trainer and project designer until he became a consultant to the United Nations Development Programs (UNDP) in Cairo.

Dr. Barsoom opened a medical office in a poor neighborhood in Cairo and joined an American Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) managing the American aid intended to improve the health care available to the local population.
Unfortunately, his medical office was in a district of Cairo controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood and being a Christian in that neighborhood was risky. After receiving numerous death threats, he fled Egypt with just $200 in his pocket.

His work with the United Nations Development Program helped earn him a visa to legally enter the United States in 1998. He was 30 years old. His Egyptian medical degree was not recognized in the United States, so he was forced to work menial jobs to raise enough money to bring his wife Eva and their 7-year-old daughter to the United States.

Throughout his struggles, Dr. Barsoom never gave up on his dream to become an American, board-certified physician. He worked a full-time job and studied to pass the medical exams necessary to become a licensed physician in America. Although times were tough for him and his family, he did not take a single penny from the government, putting into practice his belief that ‘if you want money, you must work for it’.
He began his U.S. surgical residency at Jacobi and Montefiore hospitals in the Bronx, NY. He then started his emergency and trauma medicine residency at SUNY Downstate Hospital and Kings County Hospital, both in Brooklyn, NY.

Eventually he and his wife earned enough money to buy a house in Belleville, NJ in 2002, where their son was born.
In 2010, Dr. Barsoom began practicing at Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, NJ as an emergency room doctor. When the Covid 19 pandemic hit in 2020, he went to Texas to treat Covid patients in a makeshift Intensive Care Unit with 95 beds and no protection for doctors from a virus that few people knew much about.

He currently is an emergency and trauma doctor at CareWell Health Medical Center in East Orange, where he deals with the impact of crime and drugs on the local population daily.