Syrian refugee Dr Tirej Brimo who graduated from St George’s, University of London, has been named in a prestigious global list of the best physicians of the year by a leading medical website.

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Dr Tirej Brimo and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, at the graduation ceremony in 2017.

Medscape revealed the list: Physicians of the Year 2017: Best and Worst and said Dr Brimo was among the best across the world in his chosen field.

The online website, which hosts the latest medical news and expert perspectives and drug and disease information, said Dr Tirej had achieved his “dream” of becoming a doctor after a long journey.

It said: “Tirej Brimo, a refugee who fled the Syrian war, finally became a doctor in 2017 after 10 years, four countries, four medical schools and 21 houses

“In 2012, just 10 months shy of graduating with a medical degree at the University of Aleppo, war forced Brimo to flee his homeland, crisscrossing the Middle East before arriving in Britain in 2013.

“In August, he graduated from the University of London – after being rejected by several medical schools.

“He is now a junior doctor in the National Health Service in the north of England.

“War can take everything from you except your passions and your love and for me to not give up on my dream and on who I a. I simply rejected the unfairness of life,” said Tirej.

Tirej, aged 27, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He hopes to “serve humanity” where that may be.

Medscape is a website providing access to medical information for clinicians and the general public. The organization also provides continuing education for physicians and health professionals.