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About Us

Our Mission

The United States of America currently hosts some of the world’s best hospitals and physicians.

The American medical school and residency training programs continue to excel in quality of education and innovation, as evidenced by the thousands of physicians overseas hoping to acquire their skills here. And physicians are not alone – many patients overseas seek U.S. trained physicians for their medical and surgical needs. These patients pay tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket for their airfare, accommodations, surgery, and hospital stay to get treated by the best physicians and surgeons in the world.

The road to the best U.S. hospital and physician is not easy for international patients. Non-U.S. citizens are faced with the task of finding the best physician/surgeon for their diagnosis/disease. They are then faced with the challenge of scheduling an appointment, getting an estimate of costs prior to making the trip, and making travel arrangements in a foreign language.

As a physician/surgeon who trained at world-renowned, Ivy-League academic centers, the Founder of the Surgical Consulting Network of America (SCNOA) seeks to provide personalized service to overseas customers. SCNOA will provide customers nationwide access to the most diagnostically gifted and technically skilled physicians and surgeons. At the customer’s request SCNOA Consultant Physicians will review individual cases, provide counseling on appropriate treatment options, and arrange for leading physicians in the field to evaluate and treat its customers. SCNOA can also assist in facilitating immigration, travel arrangements, appointment scheduling, translation services, and accommodations.

Company History

Surgical Consulting Group was started in 2004 by two surgeons who in the process of their training in the United States realized there were very few independent, unbiased resources available to the international patient. The company was later rebranded the Surgical Consulting Network of America, or SCNOA, in 2016 to more accurately reflect its mission.


Joseph Abboud, MD

Founder and President

Dr. Abboud is the Founder and President of the Surgical Consulting Network of America and a practicing board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the treatment of patients with shoulder and elbow disorders in the Greater Philadelphia area since the late 1990’s.

Dr. Abboud serves as the director of shoulder and elbow research at the Rothman Institute and is extensively involved in both clinical and basic science research. Dr. Abboud lectures extensively both nationally and internationally and is widely published in various journals in addition to authoring several textbooks himself.

Dr. Abboud was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in the Philadelphia area where he attended Saint Joseph’s University and a received his B.S. degree in Biology prior to obtaining his M.D. at Georgetown University Medical School. Dr. Abboud returned to Philadelphia to complete his residency at the University of Pennsylvania and has remained in the area, providing each of his patients with exceptional personalized care. He resides in Bryn Mawr, PA and enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children.

Joseph Nassif

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Joseph Nassif is the CEO of the Surgical Consulting Network of America and an experienced multilingual management consultant with over 19 years of leadership success at life sciences companies throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Joe developed his established skills in business strategy, organizational change management and business development at PAREXEL, IBM’s Global Business Services and Y-Prime prior to co-founding Proficio Consulting Group in the Greater Philadelphia area, where he remains an active Managing Partner.

Joe was born in Madrid, Spain, raised in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and educated in Philadelphia, PA. He has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Spanish from Saint Joseph’s University and completed two years of graduate studies in Physiology at Temple University. He also has an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He loves the outdoors, is an avid soccer fan, thoroughly enjoys traveling internationally, and resides in Wayne, PA with his wife and three children.