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 2017, SAMS provided more than 3.5 million medical care services to vulnerable populations.

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 2016, please click here


Dr. Amjad Rass, Chairman
Dr. Majd Isreb, Past Chairman
Dr. Basel Termanini, Society VP
Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh, Treasurer
Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, Society President
Dr. Mohammad K. Hamza, Board Member
Dr. Mohamad Al-Hosni, Board Member
Dr Hend Azhary, Board Member
Dr. Mohammad Saleh, Board Member


Tony Kronfli
Director of Operations
Safaa Aladham
Director of Finance
Mousa Naffa
Jordan Country Director
Dr. Randa Loutfi
Director of Programs
Dr. Mazen​ ​Kewara
Turkey Country Director
David Lillie
Executive Director


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 Dina Prior - 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 -
Pharmacy & Nutrition Lara Zakaria - Committee Chair - [email protected]
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 -
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