The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) is a non-profit, non-political, educational, and humanitarian organization that represents thousands of healthcare professionals throughout the United States and beyond. It was established by Syrian-American physicians in 1998.

In 2019, SAMS doubled its membership, reaching more than 1,500 members.

SAMS is proud to be one of the leading humanitarian and educational organizations, harnessing the talents of healthcare professionals across the United States and beyond.

The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) was founded in 1998 as a professional and educational medical society. Through its annual conferences, international meetings, fundraising events, and medical missions, SAMS provides a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices, recognition of humanitarian leaders and medical professionals, and educational training on cutting-edge medical relief work. Additionally, SAMS provides its members with opportunities to engage in the humanitarian crisis in Syria and in neighboring countries. Currently, SAMS has more than 1,500 grassroots members and over 20 chapters across the United States.

The objectives of SAMS encompass a range of professional, educational, humanitarian, and cultural activities.

  • To enhance the medical knowledge of SAMS members and to support continuing medical education.
  • To promote and organize professional relationships between SAMS members and medical organizations in North America, Syria, and other countries.
  • To provide routine and emergency medical care to patients in need. Help is provided through medical missions, financial and logistical support of clinics and hospitals in the devastated regions in Syria, and donations of medicine and medical supplies.
  • To sponsor online workshops, textbooks, and other learning materials for needy medical students in Syria.
  • To advocate, support, and implement the professional and humanitarian vision of SAMS members and health care professionals in the United States and worldwide.
Cultural Enhancement:
  • To organize activities and programs for SAMS members which highlight the shared Syrian heritage and to foster community spirit.


Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh, President
Dr. Ammar Ghanem, Vice President
Dr. Nidal El-Wiher, Secretary
Dr. Amjad Rass, Past president
Dr. Hazar Jaber, Member at Large
Dr. Aref Rifai, Member at Large
Dr. Samer Alkhudari, Member at Large


Bylaws Committee Dr. Abdulghani Sankari - Chair
Membership Committee Dr. Hazar Jaber - Chair
Scholarship & Education Committee Dr. Muhammad Alsayid - Chair
Advocacy Committee Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh - Chair