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 2016, SAMS Doubled Its Membership, reaching more than 800 members.

SAMS is proud to be a 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 provide a platform for 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 900 grassroots members and 25 chapters across the United States.

To view our latest bylaws governing SAMS, please click here.

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

Educational:

  • 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.

Humanitarian:

  • 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.

SAMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dr. Ahmad Tarakji, President
Dr. Basel Termanini, Vice President
Dr. Zaher Sahloul, Past President
Dr. Mohamad Sekkarie, Treasurer
Dr. Lina Murad, Secretary
Dr. Abdul Zanabli, Member at Large
Dr. Mohamad Nahhas, Member at Large

COMMITTEES

Bylaws Committee Dr. Fuad Azrak - Chair
Membership Committee Dr. Mayssoun Alhariri - Chair
Scholarship & Education Committee Dr. Shadi Latta - Chair
Advocacy Committee Dr. Ahmad Tarakji - Chair
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