January 9, 2018
Happy new year to all NAAMA-MI members and hope that you enjoyed your holidays. Last year has been a very active year for our organization. I would like to sincerely thank members of the NAAMA-MI board who worked tirelessly with me throughout the year to provide excellent services to our members and to the community at large. Today, more than ever, Arab American population needs to be entirely united to ensure the well-being of our future generation. For this cause, NAAMA-MI was an active sponsor of several events of various healthcare, business, and social organizations in the community. NAAMA-MI is currently working with the Islamic institute of knowledge through C-ASIST to help in their project of establishing a free clinic in Dearborn. NAAMA-MI is supporting the 1001 Inventions Exhibition which is a showcases the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization and STEM contributions of pioneering men and women of various faiths and cultures to our modern world. NAAMA-MI is supporting The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) a medical relief organization that provides care and treatment for patients in Syria and neighboring countries. NAAMA-MI is supporting the Islamic Medical Association of North America in a project which will provide clean drinking water for Gaza. NAAMA-MI established an endowment fund with UDM dental school. Dr. Kaspo will tell us about later this evening. Our chapter has established scholarship funds to support the scholarly activities of graduate students in the health fields. The Objective of the scholarship award is to assist future generation of Arab American healthcare students in lessening their financial burden. As a result, we hope this investment in the future generation of Arab American healthcare professionals translates into giving back to the community at large. Additionally, NAAMA-MI has established 2 awards: the healthcare professional of the year award and the humanitarian of the year award which are presented at our Gala every year. I am humbled that I was selected as the chair of the 30th NAAMA international convention, which was held in Amman Jordan this past summer. Together with my fellow NAAMA-MI board members, we played an integral role in the extraordinary success of this convention. In collaboration with many other chapters I am delighted to announce that the 2018 annual NAAMA national convention will be held in Michigan, which we anticipate to be just as extraordinary. On behalf of myself and the NAAMA-MI board I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our sponsors that supported our organization through out the past year. It has been an honor to serve as the president of this organization and I hope the momentum continues to accelerate well into the future.
Dr. Ghassan Saed,
April 4, 2016
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October 22, 2015
- Dr. Abdulghani Sankari gave an update of the management of COPD including the role of different medications, pulmonary rehabilitation, oxygen therapy and non-invasive ventilation.
- Dr. Ahmad Ghabshah discussed the acute management of severe sepsis focusing on the role of fluid resuscitation, early antibiotics, and supportive measures during the care of these critically ill patients
- Dr. Aref Rayes gave an overview about the recent developments in the management of viral hepatitis, especially Hepatitis C
- Dr. Saleh Aldasouqi introduced new concepts in the testing for hyperlipidemia and provided evidence on potential for non-fasting lipid profile testing
- Dr. Wasseem Salkini was kind to come back from West Virginia to give an overview about the development and applications of robot surgery
- Dr. Zyad Kafri provided insight on the role of biomarkers in the management of variety of cancers and the new targeted therapies that were recently developed based on these markers
- Dr. Mahir Elder discussed the management of submassive and massive pulmonary embolism and the role of catheter directed thrombolytic therapy
- Dr. Ammar Hatahat updated the audience on the guidelines for the management of hypertension including recent evidence suggesting tighter control of blood pressure
- Dr. Rany Aburashed lead the group in a lively discussion about multiple sclerosis, including pathogenesis, diagnosis and management
June 17, 2015
Our members benefited from a valuable lecture on echo–estimated pulmonary hypertension on June 3rd at Fleming’s Steakhouse restaurant in Birmingham. The guest educator Dr. Ghulaim Saydain, assistant professor of Internal medicine Pulmonary Critical care & Sleep Division Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program in Wayne State University, presented a great lecture that covered various aspects on the topic. Dr. Saydain identified sources of error in the echo-estimate of right ventricular systolic or pulmonary arterial pressure, and talked about examining the echo report and the clinical co-morbidities for other features that suggest HFpEF as opposed to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Dr. Saydain also enlightened attendees on recognition of initial treatment failure as an indication for early referral and right heart catheterization by a team experienced in PAH patient management. The attendees also enjoyed a great dinner at Fleming’s Steakhouse.
May 26, 2015
The NAAMA ‘Match Day Party’ was held at the Emagine Royal Oak’s High Roller Room on the 28th of April 2015. The event was sponsored by NAAMA MI and the WSUSOM. A total of 25-30 students and residents attended the event representing WSU, OU, MSU, and DMC. Current NAAMA MI president Dr. Soubani led the evening with a game of bowling with the students. In addition to four lanes of bowling students enjoyed their time playing pool and shuffleboard. The highlight of the evening was a Dabke dance led by the students. Food and refreshments were provided during this casual and social atmosphere. The event was concluded with final remarks by Khalil Mroue, current NAAMA WSU president, congratulating those who are graduating and thanking the sponsors for making this event a success.
May 26, 2015
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine
Pulmonary Critical Care & Sleep Division Director, Pulmonary Hypertension Program
Wayne State University, School of Medicine
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
323 N Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009
Wednesday, June 3
October 23, 2014
NAAMA, Michigan Chapter had their 2014 Annual Gala at the luxurious Dearborn Inn, where the outgoing President Dr.Ghassan M Saed said “I promised that I will increase membership and sponsors, and I did both”, and went on to summarized the activities of NAAMA throughout the year in the different areas of social, educational, athletic and philanthropy, and thanked the sponsors one by one on their support.
Dr. Nabil Elie Khoury received the prestigious Health Care Professional of the Year Award for hos long list of achievements including being a past NAAMA president, and students Emman Dabaja and Shaza Al-Holou were the scholarship recipients.
Dr. Ayman Soubani, the newly elected President, presented Dr. Ghassan Saed with an award, and thanked him for his energetic leadership, which he said will make his task easier this year.
Entertainment was provided by Saxophone Player Kamal Kareem, and Comedian Amer Zahr performed his stand up act and autographed books.
July 31, 2014
July 15, 2014
What is so special about this mission:
We will have specialized Clinics (GI, Neurology, Dermatology, Cardiology, etc…)
We will be part of a Psycho-Social program for children
We will have several Medical days in various areas of Jordan We will be working as a team, both NAAMA & SAMS
We will work with Spinal Cord Injury and Amputee patients
We will have a Non-Medical component to the mission; to distribute food, clothes, etc.…
Who can come?
All are welcome, physicians and non-physicians.
What we are in need of are the following:
Children Social workers and teachers Volunteers
Who will pay?
Every volunteer will pay for their own air flight (about $900-1200)
Hotel accommodation (about $120-150 per night for single/double room)
Local Transportation and the Food (about $400-600) for the whole trip per person
I hope that you all have it in your heart to join us in our Next Mission
For more Info please contact:
The mission Leader, Humam Akbik. MD, firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: 513-907-7200,
Mohammad Saleh, MD, email@example.com, phone 616-334-9522,
SAMS office: SAMS@sams-usa.net, phone: (866) 809-9039,
Hussein Abdallah from NAAMA office: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (248) 646-3661