Olsi Gjyshi '06
Resident Physician, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Olsi Gjyshi graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Wilkes Honors College in 2006 with a concentration in Biochemistry. He earned his combined Doctorate in Medicine and Philosophy in 2017 and 2015, respectively, from the Chicago Medical School, focusing his research on the role of certain human viruses in causing cancer. Dr. Gjyshi is a member of the prestigious National Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. His research and clinical work were recognized by Chicago Medical School with the Franklin Fellowship Award, and by the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) with the 2016 Excellence in Public Health Award. He has also received the John Sheinin Research Award, the Chicago Medical School Humanitarian Award, and the Burroughs-Wellcome Funds Trainee Award.
Currently Dr. Gjyshi is serving as a resident physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the nation’s top-ranked cancer center in 2018-2019 by US News. Dr. Gjyshi’s interests additionally include understanding and addressing health disparities and unequal access to care. He hopes to address both issues at the national and international level. For his outstanding professional accomplishments, Dr. Gjyshi was the recipient of the 2019 FAU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award.