The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a nonpolitical, nonprofit medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and neighboring countries to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS proudly provides medical care and treatment to every patient in need.

In 2016, SAMS provided more than 3 million medical care services to Syrians in need.

SAMS works on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, in neighboring countries, and beyond to alleviate suffering and save lives.

SAMS was founded in 1998 as a professional society, working to provide physicians of Syrian descent with networking, educational, cultural, and professional services. SAMS facilitates opportunities for its members to stay connected to Syria through medical missions, conferences, and charitable activities. SAMS continues to conduct national and international conferences annually to provide a platform for exchange of ideas and best practices, recognition of leaders in humanitarian and medical work, and trainings and updates on cutting-edge medical relief.

When the conflict in Syria began in 2011, SAMS expanded its capacity significantly to meet the growing needs and challenges of the medical crisis. SAMS has since supported healthcare throughout Syria, sponsoring field hospitals and ambulances, training and paying the salaries of Syrian medical personnel who are risking their lives to save others, and sending lifesaving humanitarian aid and medical equipment to where it is needed most. SAMS also supports Syrian refugees in neighboring countries with critical psychosocial support, medical and dental care, and art therapy programs.

SAMS currently has offices in Washington D.C., Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Syria. SAMS has over 500 grassroots members in the United States, who help lead 21 chapters nationwide. SAMS is governed by an elected Board of Directors, and its work is overseen by several volunteer committees and dedicated staff.

To view the latest bylaws governing the SAMS Foundation, please click here.

To view SAMS’s audited statement for 2015, please click here


Dr. Majd Isreb, Foundation Chairman
Dr. Amjad Rass, Past Foundation Chairman
Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, Society President
Dr. Mohamad Sekkarie, Treasurer
Dr. Aref Al-kali, Board Member
Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh, Board Member
Dr. Mohamad Nahhas, Board Member


Yara El Mowafy
Refugee Programs Officer
Susan Jaradat
Fundraising Administrative Coordinator
Sarah Coloma
Office Assitant
Safaa Aladham
Director of Finance
Rima Abdul Majid
Accounting Program Assistant
Randa Loutfi, MD
Director of Programs
Natasha Kieval
Advocacy Officer
Lobna Hassairi
Media and Communications Manager
John Dautzenberg
Advocacy Manager
Jeehan Faiz
Membership & Event Coordinator
Dina Dahabi
Senior Finance Compliance Officer
Anthony (Tony) Kronfli
Director of Operations
Ahmed Mostafa
M&E Officer


Nephrology Fahd Alsaghir, MD - Committee Chair -
Dental Mohammad Al-Nahhas, DDS - Committee Chair -
Ophthalmology Aref Rifai, MD - Committee Member -
Jordan & Southern Syria Regional Medical Relief Aref Al-kali, MD - Committee Chair -
Turkey & Northern Syria Regional Medical Relief Amjad Rass, MD - Committee Chair -
Lebanon, Homs & Qalamoun Regional Medical Relief Yasser Wafai, MD - Committee Chair -
Global Response Zaher Sahloul, MD - Committee Chair -
Primary Healthcare Aref Al-kali, MD - Committee Chair -
Mental Health Mohammad K. Hamza, MD - Committee Chair -
ICU & Telemedicine Anas Moughrabieh, MD - Committee Chair -
Endocrinology M. Rateb Alwazeer, MD - Committee Chair -
Jordan Medial Missions Muhammad Saleh, MD - Committee Chair -
Gastroenterology & Hepatology Saud Suleiman, MD - Committee Chair -
Medical Training Jaber Monla-Hassan, MD - Committee Chair -
Education & Online Courses Shadi Latta, MD - Committee Chair -
Supplies Chain & Medication Wael Khouli, MD - Committee Chair -
Fundraising Basel Termanini, MD - Committee Chair -
Fields marked with an * are required