SAMS is hosting its 5th Annual Symposium on September 21-22, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. This year’s theme is Medical & Ethical Challenges in Healthcare Delivery. The conference will bring together physicians, humanitarians. The gala dinner will take place on Saturday, September 22.

The conference will take place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Book your discounted rooms here. Please note that when you book your hotel rooms, it will automatically open your group rates once you put in the dates. 

Register to attend the conference. 


SAMS Town Hall Meeting

SAMS is hosting a members-only town hall meeting from 7-9 pm on Friday, September 21, after the Symposium opening – there will be food available! 

SAMS leadership will discuss our impact throughout the years and its growing efforts to support refugees in Syria, neighboring countries, and beyond. Additionally, it will be an opportunity to learn more about the future of SAMS and engage in conversation with other members, leadership and senior staff.

Accommodation & Detroit River Cruise

Detroit River Cruise will be on Sunday Sept 23 from 11:30-2pm. If you want to participate, add the cruise ticket on your conference registration. Adults $50 – Children (13 and under) $25.

If you need any assistance or have questions about the accommodations, please contact our Membership and Event Coordinator Courtney Mallory at [email protected] 

Scientific Program Agenda

Speaker Highlights

Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski

Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski served as a Metro Detroit felony prosecutor before being appointed by the Governor of Michigan to the judicial bench. She earned distinguished appointments during her tenure to state and legislative committees, and proudly founded several treatment courts. She now practices law and consults with medical and dental groups around the country with a focus on the opioid crisis. Her most distinguished engagements include the International Conference on Opioids at Harvard Medical School, Boston University’s SCOPE of Pain, MD Anderson Cancer Hospital and as instructor at the US Probation Conference and Madonna University’s Law Enforcement Leadership Institute. She is a frequent guest on TV and has appeared in and consulted on several documentaries, as well as numerous publications including, “Where My JD Meets Your MD” and “Your Name is on the Bottle.”

Ronald Waldman, MD, MPH

Dr. Waldman is a professor in the George Washington University’s Global Health Department and has experience working with the WHO, CDC, and USAID, among others. As an epidemiologist, he has worked in child survival projects, refugee crises, and disaster relief. He worked in emergency relief in the Balkans in the mid-1990s, acted as the WHO’s coordinator for the tsunami response in Aceh, Indonesia, and served as the US Government’s health sector coordinator in the Haiti earthquake relief effort. Dr. Waldman was the Founding Director of the Program on Forced Migration and Health at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He has been a George Washington University faculty member since 2012.

Ghabi A. Kaspo, DDS

Dr. Ghabi A. Kaspo will be leading an interactive session from 1:00pm-4:30pm on Saturday, September 22. The session will cover a systematic review of differential diagnosis and management of complex musculoskeletal pain. Dr. Kaspo has been practicing dentistry, primarily in the field of Orofacial Pain Management and TMJ Disorders, for the past seventeen years and is also the Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain Trustee. His session will count for three approved continuing education credits.


Fields marked with an * are required