Dr. Hisam Goueli is a gay Muslim Arab-American physician dual board-certified in family medicine and psychiatry who has worked to develop health care solutions around the world – and now he wants your vote, Seattle.
Among Goueli’s health care achievements are: creating a free dental clinic in Madison, WI; reducing under age five mortality rates by half and empowering women in health care in remote areas of Guatemala; creating a free mobile clinic in Egypt; working for Planned Parenthood and creating a refugee clinic in Cleveland, OH; setting up a primary health care system in 10 locations in Nepal.
Goueli is running on a platform of affordable housing, quality health care for all, and arts education and cultural services to create a culture of empathy.
Outside of his field of study, Goueli is a local performing artist and storyteller. He performs improvisational theater, scripted theater, circus and burlesque throughout Seattle. His work in the arts has helped him to develop community and build his chosen family. He currently serves as a Board Member for Theatre Off Jackson in the International District. Goueli proudly supports the arts, and believes that arts and culture help to retain the creative soul of a city.
“My name is Hisam Goueli, and I’m running for City Council Position 8,” Goueli said. “I am a doctor. I am board certified in family medicine and psychiatry. I am a clinical assistant professor at the University of Washington, and I specialize in caring for older adults and people who suffer from mental illness. Every day I see 27 patients in the hospital. 20 of them are homeless. This shows me how current public policy doesn’t work, and how it leaves so many suffering in our city of plenty. My patients inspire me to expand my service from the hospital to the city council.”
Goueli continued, “In 2012, my husband and I moved to Seattle. We knew Seattle was a place where we would be welcomed. I’m a gay Muslim Arab-American. He’s a Peruvian immigrant. Seattle is a place we could get married and live our American dream…I’m running to make sure Seattle is home for all our residents.”
Goueli has been endorsed by the 32nd District Democrats and Seattle City Council member Tom Rasmussen.