Zaher Sahloul, MD
Dr. Zaher Sahloul is the current president of the Syrian American Medical Society.
Under his leadership, SAMS has been transformed to one of the most effective and influential relief organizations in Syria. Within less than two years, SAMS expanded from 2 to 10 chapters, increased its capacity tremendously, became global NGO with offices in Jordan, Turkey and DC, build partnerships with other relief organizations working for Syria, formed connections with US policy makers, USAID, WHO and the UN and continued its educational and professional services to Syrian residents.
SAMS became very active in supporting doctors and hospitals inside Syria, supporting Syrian refugees with medical missions and providing medical relief to Syrians affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Over the past year, SAMS has delivered over $5 million in humanitarian assistance to conflict-affected areas inside Syria and among Syrian refugees, in addition to conducting educational and charitable activities through its ten chapters nationwide.
Dr. Sahloul has helped train medical relief workers, leading trainings on subjects such as medical practice in war zones, and is regularly called on to speak on global public health issues related to the Syrian crisis in national news media, on Capitol Hill, and at the White House. He is a prominent community leader in Chicago, and has served as a founding member and in leadership positions for several non-profit organizations.
He graduated from Damascus University in 1988 first in his class, and had his training in Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at UIC. He is an Associate Clinical Professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and Advocate Christ Medical Center. He has been appointed by Governor Quinn to the Illinois State Board of Health.