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



    We serve those in need with compassion, kindness, and dignity, regardless of background or religious affiliations. Our purpose is to ensure that no one is left untreated in the face of crisis.


    We act promptly, effectively, and efficiently to respond to crises whether in Syria, in neighboring countries, in the US, or beyond, while pursuing excellence in care.


    We believe in the power of partnering with other like-minded organizations to support our cause and best serve populations in need. We leverage partnerships for sustainable and long-lasting impact to ensure that the most vulnerable are able to access dignified care.


    We face challenges head-on thanks to our extensive network of members and medical professionals in the U.S. and abroad. We work together to come up with innovative solutions to effectively deliver medical services to those caught in conflict, and to advocate in support of their needs before the international community.

The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) was founded in 1998 in the United States as a professional society to provide networking, educational, cultural, and professional services to medical professionals of Syrian descent. SAMS Foundation, the charitable arm of SAMS, was launched in 2007. Since then, SAMS has become one of the most active and leading medical relief organizations working on the front lines of crisis relief in Syria, neighboring countries, and beyond. SAMS has since implemented an integrated model of essential services that emphasizes priority needs, including the delivery of medical education, training, and financial support for physicians and other healthcare workers inside Syria and in neighboring countries. SAMS has established field hospitals, intensive care units, dental and primary care clinics, birth and newborn care facilities, mobile medical units, and dialysis centers.

Additionally, SAMS has provided mental health and psychosocial support as well as organized specialized medical missions to Syria’s neighboring countries and beyond. SAMS provides all its programs with the necessary medications, medical devices, supplies, and instruments through procurement and distribution of gifts in kind (GIK). In 2017, SAMS launched its SAMS Community Outreach (SCO) to bring free, quality health care to vulnerable communities in the United States. 

To learn more about our impact in 2019, please click here

To view our audited financial statements, please click here.


Dr. Abdulfatah Elshaar, Chair
Mr. Ismaail Aajoukah, Vice Chair
Dr. Jihad Alharash, Secretary
Dr. Basel Termanini, Former Chair
Dr. Amjad Rass, Member at Large
Dr. Mufaddal Hamadeh, Member at Large
Dr. Wareef Kabbani, Member at Large
Dr. Ammar Ghanem, Member at Large


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