SAMS hosted its 1st National Symposium, “Innovation in Medicine, Reaching those in need,” in Houston, Tx on October 11, 2014. Twenty speakers presented on topics ranging from medical relief work to providing care in areas with little healthcare resources, to psychological support in underserved areas, as well as medical updates on thyroid cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma, stroke, and cardiology. Dr. Taha Kass-Hout presented the closing lecture on Digital Disease Detection.

SAMS would like to thank the Syrian American community in Houston and SAMS Texas Chapter for making SAMS 1st National Symposium such a success. SAMS also would like to thank the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State for joining us through The Custom and Border Protection Commissioner Kerlikowske and The Syrian Desk officer,  Ms. Kandil.

Many thanks to the generosity of SAMS members who pledged over $700K to support salaries for the Syrian heroic doctors who are working in dire conditions inside Syria.

Our Sponsors:

Silver Level Supporter: Azzad Asset Management Inc. and Watan

Bronze Level Supporter: Helping Hand for Relief, Mercy Without Limits, Orient

Relief, Syrian Orphan Foundation, Life for Relief and Development, Rahma

Relief Foundation and MatchMD

Gala Dinner Highlights:

More than 300 SAMS members and guests attended the Gala Dinner at the Raindrop Turkish House. Guest speakers included Dr. Abdulaziz, past president of the Aleppo Medical Council, Mr. Taofik Al Hallak, famous Syrian TV host and Dr. Ryiad Nassan Agha, a poet, historian and previous Minister of Culture in Syria. Our musical guest was Alaadeen Alhayek.   

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