- Assistant Professor and Specialist Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mutah University, Jordan
Dr Moamar Al-Jefout obtained his OBGYN training in Jordan after 5 years residency programme (1994-1999) and then obtained his Masters Degree in Medicine in Reproductive Health Sciences and Human Genetics from Sydney University in 2006. His PhD was conducted under the supervision of Professor Ian Fraser from Sydney University (2006-2009). During that time he did clinical training in laparoscopy and hysteroscopy at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and other Hospitals in Sydney and undertook joint clinics with Professor Fraser.
Dr Al-Jefout is currently involved in studying endometriosis in his local community and is heavily involved in promoting awareness of this disease and related symptoms, especially among health professionals and families within the Middle East. He believes that it is of high importance to identify early symptoms suggestive of endometriosis in teenagers, especially in those young girls with a family history and severe dysmenorrhea that negatively affects quality of life.
His major clinical and research interest is in endometriosis pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment – both surgically and medically. During his work with Fraser’s team he have explored for the first time the possible use of endometrial biopsy for the detection of nerve fibres in the functional layer of the endometrium as a diagnostic tool for endometriosis. Their results indicated the possibility of utilising this test as a minimally invasive and specific test. He also studied the presence of nerve fibres, neurotrophins and their receptors in different gynecological diseases, as well as novel modalities for medical treatment of endometriosis by combining different types of progestogens and their long-acting delivery systems. He has published several articles and two chapters in books addressing endometriosis.