Nawal M. Nour is an Obstetrician/Gynecologist who directs the Ambulatory Obstetrics Practice at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Her research and practice focus on providing the right care to women who have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting, also called female circumcision, and she founded the first and only hospital center in the U.S. that focuses on the medical needs of African women who have undergone.

In 2017 she was listed in Forbes among 40 Women To Watch.


As a medical doctor, Nour gathered a group of patients who were all women who had undergone.

She worked at Brigham and Women's hospital, and in 1999 created the African Women's Health Center, which provides holistic care to women who have been circumcised.

She talks about the care they give women: "The kind of care we give is no better than any other care...We're physicians...who understand that there are some women out there who have been circumcised and in some ways, it's not something we want to make a big deal about. We want to nurture these patients, but we don't want to isolate them" She researches health and policy of FGM/C.

Nour has developed and studied infibulation, a surgical process to alleviate some of the adverse effects FGM/C has on women's health.

Her work aims both to educate doctors caring for women who have been circumcised, and to eradicate FGM/C.