Dr. Esam S. Omeish was born and raised in Tripoli Libya. He completed his elementary and middle school studies, before coming to the US in 1982. He graduated third overall in the whole country at the middle school level.
Dr. Omeish finished secondary school with a perfect grade point average. In High school, Dr. Omeish with his brothers started the first Friday prayers in High school in the area and was president of the International Club as well as officer and member of several academic honor societies including National Honor Society, Science and Math Honor societies and was a Cabinet member of his high school's student government. Dr Omeish is a product of the ESL program of Fairfax county and despite not speaking a word of English upon arrival, he went on to join the gifted and talented program and advanced placement classes within months and completed his high school studies in two and a half years.
He attended Georgetown University. Dr. Omeish achieved a straight A average his first semester and was inducted to the dean’s list. He continued his studies at Georgetown graduating with a double major in International Relations and Biology in 1989 while gaining admission to the Georgetown University School of Medicine as the only foreign student gaining admission in a pool of over 6000 candidates.
While at Georgetown, Dr. Omeish established the Muslim Students’ Association chapter there becoming its first president and developing it to become nominated to the prestigious award of the most active club on campus. He also helped establish and chaired the MSA Council for the Washington DC metropolitan area MSA’s during his tenure at Georgetown.
During that period Dr. Omeish also served as the US East Zone representative of National MSA, eventually becoming the President of National MSA for two years in the early 1990’s. His term in MSA witnessed the emergence and excellence of MSA as a campus-based Muslim student organization re-emerging after its slow years in the late 1980’s in the shadow of ISNA which inherited the community work on the national scene at that time. It also witnessed the much needed integration of the indigenous as well as international members of the youth of the Muslim community. Dr. Omeish served in the national Board ( Majlis Al-Shura) of ISNA as a representative of MSA for two years.
Subsequently and after the emergence of Muslim American Society MAS in 1993, Dr. Omeish served as the first chairperson of its Youth Department and subsequently served in its executive committees. He has been involved in national affairs of MAS since its inception and has held different regional and local leadership capacities. He has been a member of the elected general assembly of MAS several times and served as a president of the chapters of New Jersey and Washington DC prior to being elected to the national board of Trustees of MAS during the term of 2000-2004.
Dr. Omeish was re-elected to the board of Trustees by the highest number of votes of the elected membership of the general assembly of MAS and subsequently, elected as the president of MAS by the newly elected board of trustees of MAS national for the term of 2004-2008.
Dr. Omeish also participated and served in other community activities and projects. He was the vice president of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic center in Northern Virginia and is currently a board member. He was the chairman of the board of the Islamic Center of Passiac County in NJ. He is the chairman of the Board of the Muslim Community Clinic, a non-profit clinic providing free medical care to the needy and uninsured. He is a former member of the board of the Islamic American University and a president and founder of a Human rights advocacy group in Washington DC.
Dr. Omeish was a medical first responder to the tragic events of September 11 where he was the surgeon on call at Alexandria Hospital which received some of the victims of the tragic events in the Pentagon. He has and continues to participate in several local and regional civic, religious and community organizations and has appeared in several national and international media outlets including CNN, Aljazeera, MSNBC,Almujtamaa, C-Span, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and many others . He has lectured extensively in various topics of Islamic activism, youth, community development and Islamic educational programs and continues to participate in programs nation-wide. He represented the Muslim community at large in major meetings in the White House, meeting President Clinton in 1999, Congress and various departments of the US government.
After completing his medical training from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1993, Dr. Omeish completed his Surgery training at the UMDNJ Hospitals and is currently in private practice in Northern Virginia where he is recently chosen as the chief of the division of General Surgery at INOVA Alexandria Hospital and elected to the Medical Executive committee , one of the area’s larger hospitals. Dr. Omeish has treated over 5000 patients over 14 years of surgical practice and training. He was recently awarded the prestigious award for the “ Outstanding physician of the year award for 2007” at Alexandria Hospital. He is married and has four children. His wife, Dr. Badria Kafala, is a scientist and holds a doctorate in molecular biology from Montreal University. She is also a girl scouts USA leader and is the founder of the first MAS Girl Scouts program in the metropolitan area. His children are Abrar who is 12, Anwar is 11, Yousof is 7 and Ibrahim is 2. They are in gifted and talented programs in Fairfax county public schools. They live in Fairfax, Virginia close to the National headquarters of MAS.