Civil war has prevented Dr. Majd Isreb from returning home to Syria, but it hasn’t stopped him from helping his fellow countrymen.

Isreb, a kidney specialist at St. John Medical Center in Longview, recently returned from a 10-day trip to Jordan to care for Syrian refugees in the Zaatari camp, the main refugee settlement in Jordan with 80,000 refugees. There, Isreb and 32 other physicians, nurses and dentists tended to hundreds of refugees in cooperation with the Syrian American Medical Society.

Isreb, who left Syria 18 years ago to pursue a medical career in the United States, said seeing other Syrians in plight was a heartbreaking reality.