SAMS is a global medical relief organization that is working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria and beyond to save lives and alleviate suffering. SAMS proudly provides dignified medical care to every patient in need.

In 2018, SAMS provided more than 3 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 2018, please click here.

To view the latest bylaws governing the SAMS Foundation, please click here.

To view our audited statement for 2018, please click here.


Dr. Maher Azzouz, Chair
Dr. Amjad Rass, Former Chair
Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh, Society President
Dr. Tarek Zetoune, Treasurer
Dr. Basel Termanini
Dr. Mohammad Saleh
Dr. Mohamad Al-Hosni
Dr. Abdulfatah Elshaar
Dr Hend Azhary


Safaa Aladham
Director of Finance
Dr. Randa Loutfi
Director of Programs
Dr. Mazen​ ​Kewara
Turkey Country Director
David Lillie
Executive Director


Nephrology Fahd Alsaghir, MD - Committee Chair -
Dental Mohammad Al-Nahhas, DDS - Committee Chair -
Ophthalmology Aref Rifai, MD - Committee Member -
Jordan & Southern Syria Regional Medical Relief Jihad Shosharai, MD - Committee Chair -
Turkey & Northern Syria Regional Medical Relief Amjad Rass, MD - Committee Chair -
Lebanon, Homs & Qalamoun Regional Medical Relief Yasser Wafai, MD - Committee Chair -
SAMS Global Response (SGR) Tarek Zetoune, MD - Committee Chair -
Primary Healthcare Aref Al-kali, MD - Committee Chair -
Mental Health Mohammad K. Hamza, MD - Committee Chair -
ICU & Telemedicine Anas Moughrabieh, MD - Committee Chair -
Endocrinology M. Rateb Alwazeer, MD - Committee Chair -
Jordan Medial Missions Muhammad Saleh, MD - Committee Chair -
Gastroenterology & Hepatology Saud Suleiman, MD - Committee Chair -
Pharmacy & Nutrition Lara Zakaria - Committee Chair - [email protected]
Medical Training Jaber Monla-Hassan, MD - Committee Chair -
Education & Online Courses Shadi Latta, MD - Committee Chair -
Supplies Chain & Medication Wael Khouli, MD - Committee Chair -
Fundraising Basel Termanini, MD - Committee Chair -
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