UT Health orthopaedic surgeon scores in 100th percentile on board recertification

October 21, 2015 | News, Medicine and Life Sciences, UTMC
By Brandi Barhite

When Dr. Nabil Ebraheim, an orthopaedic surgeon at The University of Toledo Medical Center, received his test results from the American Board of Orthopedics, it almost didn’t register. He had scored in the 100th percentile.

“When I looked at it, I couldn’t believe it,” Ebraheim said. “I never expected that. The exam was really hard.”



Board certification is a voluntary process, but many doctors get re-certified every 10 years because it demonstrates expertise in a particular specialty.

In 2004, Ebraheim scored in the 99th percentile. It was his goal to get in the 100th percentile of the about 1,100 people who took the test.

“It has always been a goal, but I never thought I could get in the 100th percentile,” he said.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have such a gifted physician in our community, let alone on our staff at UTMC,” said Dan Barbee, vice president of clinical services at UTMC. “Even better is the fact that as a faculty member and orthopeadic residency director, our students and residents are being trained by one of the finest surgeons in the country.”

Ebraheim said he studied for the exam, but attributes the achievement to his 30 years in the field. He graduated from the Cairo University School of Medicine in Egypt and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

He came to Toledo in 1985 and serves as professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program and the chief of orthopaedic trauma.

“As you get older, the tendency is you are less current and less up-to-date, but I try to be the opposite.”

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