is to save lives, alleviate suffering, advocate for medical neutrality, and ensure a healthier future for Syrians inside Syria, in neighboring countries, and beyond through medical relief and healthcare development.
is to be a leading humanitarian organization, harnessing the talents of Syrian-American healthcare professionals, and channeling them toward medical relief for the people of Syria and the United States.
In 2017, SAMS provided more than 3.5 million medical care services to vulnerable populations.
SAMS works on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, in neighboring countries, and beyond to alleviate suffering and save lives.
The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), a nonpolitical, nonprofit global medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, neighboring countries, and beyond to alleviate suffering and save lives. SAMS is one of the most active and trusted international NGOs on the ground in Syria. SAMS was founded in 1998 as a professional society, working to provide physicians of Syrian descent with networking, educational, cultural, and professional services.
When the conflict in Syria began in 2011, SAMS expanded its capacity significantly to meet the growing needs and challenges of the medical crisis. SAMS has since supported healthcare throughout Syria, sponsoring hospitals and ambulances, training and paying the salaries of Syrian medical personnel who are risking their lives to save others, and sending life saving humanitarian aid and medical equipment to where it is needed most. SAMS also supports Syrian refugees in neighboring countries and beyond with critical psychosocial support, medical and dental care, art therapy programs, and more.
In 2017, SAMS has responded to local natural disasters in the United States, having deployed a team of medical mission volunteers to Houston, Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. SAMS has also extended its reach even further to Bangladesh, where we are providing medical care to Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazaar fleeing from violence and persecution in Myanmar (Burma).
To learn more about our impact in 2017, please click here.
To view the latest bylaws governing the SAMS Foundation, please click here.
To view SAMS’s audited statement for 2016, please click here.