Raphael El Youssef is a General Surgeon who has joined NBMC after spending 3 years in practice in Trinidad and Tobago after completing his General Surgery residency. He was born in Trinidad and Tobago which is where he completed his medical school training at the University of the West Indies in 1999. While at medical school, he was involved with the student government chairing the Entertainment Committee, eventually chairing the Student Council, and was honored as the Valedictorian at the University of the West Indies Graduation ceremonies in 1999. He completed his internship and worked as a house officer in the surgical specialties in Trinidad and Tobago until 2004 when he came to the US to enter surgical residency.
Dr. El Youssef joined the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for an internship before moving to Portland where he would complete his surgical residency at Oregon Health Sciences University. During this time he completed a Masters of Clinical Research and was actively involved in the resident affairs of the program. He sat on various Graduate Medical Education (GME) committees and was an executive member of the Resident Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons where he was Chair of the Membership Committee. His professional interests and goals revolve around student and resident education outcomes and surgical advocacy. Of particular interest is the issue of acute and general surgery coverage for rural areas and addressing the inclusion of this in the education and training of future general surgeons.
He and his wife have two young children, one boy and one girl, and look forward to life at the coast and in the North West, especially the outdoor activities and the seafood. Being from the Caribbean, living next to the sea but not having tropical temperatures will be an adventure. Dr. El Youssef is an avid soccer fan, occasionally plays, and enjoys spending his time rough-housing with his son, and doting on his daughter’s every wish.