Medy Attalla, Head of Clinical Operations for Oncology, Novartis Egypt
At Novartis, we value the contributions of women at every level of our business. We are proud to offer women the opportunities they seek, that allow them to explore their passions, develop professionally and address some of society’s most challenging healthcare issues.
That is why we are especially proud to share our latest Stories series called “Women in Science,” dedicated to the women within our Oncology unit. We look forward to personally introducing you to the women helping develop innovative oncology medicines for people with cancer and related diseases.
In the sixth installment of the series, we’re excited to feature Medy Attalla, Head of Clinical Operations for Oncology, Novartis Egypt. Medy has an extensive background in pharma with more than 11 years of experience in clinical research. Her work has spanned a variety of areas, including oncology, hematology, cardiology and hepatology.
Today she shares her background with us as well as advice for other girls considering careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
When did you first know you wanted to work in science?
Medy Attalla: My passion for science began in middle school; I was very much inspired by Egyptian figures like Sir Magdi Yacoub, a cardiothoracic surgeon, and Professor Ahmed Zewail, a chemist. Studying science for me was like exploring new worlds.
What is your advice for young women and girls interested in science?
Medy Attalla: There is endless potential in every woman and girl; believing in our potential can enable us to go the extra mile. Every girl and woman should gift herself with the success she deserves and can achieve.
What is the most challenging part of your job at Novartis?
Medy Attalla: Having daily challenges is normal; what differentiates some from others is how we deal with those challenges. There are daily challenges for me and my team, and we work to find suitable solutions.
What is one thing people may be surprised to know about you; what is your secret talent?
Medy Attalla: I still enjoy watching cartoons and running in the playgrounds like I did during my childhood. At the beginning of my career, I worked as a teacher in an American school for elementary and middle classes and I used to spend the breaks playing hide and seek with my students. And guess what! That was so much fun.