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Usama Gabr, MD, FAAPMR,ABPRM, CIME | 2019 NAAMA MI Board President

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National Arab  American Medical Association is pleased to announce that Dr. Usama Gabr has been elected to be NAAMA MI president for the year 2019. Dr. Gabr has been a NAAMA member for 5 years and serving on the board of the Michigan chapter  for 4 years. 

Dr. Gabr also serves as the Medical Director of the Pain and Ortho Spine Institute, which has 3 locations in the united states; Columbia SC, Rochester, MI and Dearborn MI and  and 2 international locations in Egypt and Dubai.


Postcards to Syria Fundraiser Dinner

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 Postcards to Syria
Dinner and Fundraising EventFriday, May 20, 2016
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Laurel Manor Conference and Banquet Center
3900 Schoolcraft Rd.
Livonia, MI 48150
Dear Friend
The United Nations Children’s Fund has called the Syrian crisis as the “most damaging conflict for children in the region’s recent history.”
Meanwhile the UNICEF highlighted what it called “deep developmental and emotional scars” left by the fighting.  UNICEF child protection specialists who work with refugees in Jordan, state that many of the Syrian children “are in pure survival mode” and “forgot normal social and emotional responses” to what they have seen.
Many Syrian refugee children are suffering profound emotional and psychological distress from the war.  These are “hidden injuries, hidden wounds that have been inflicted on children because of what they have experienced; the behavioral changes, the nightmares that they carry around with them – the way in which they can no longer function as normal children do”.  And, this is an aspect of the crisis, which has been too often overlooked, but which is growing all the time.  These children are at risk of becoming a “lost generation.”
Without adequate intervention the war could have a lasting impact on these children’s learning abilities, memory, social interactions, stress and fear responses, and the ability to control emotions.  The experiences of Syria’s war-affected children could lead to a generation of children experiencing long-term mental health, social and economic problems.
“Postcards to Syria” is a fundraising campaign led by the Michigan chapter of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA – MI) to help those most vulnerable and assist in alleviating some of the trauma that refugee children have gone through.  NAAMA – MI is partnering with “Happiness Again” a non governmental not for profit entity working in Jordan that has been helping the Syrian refugees since 2014, especially the distressed and traumatized children, through providing medical aid, psychological and social support.  
With proceeds from the campaign “Postcards to Syria”, NAAMA hopes to expand the scope of work “Happiness Again” has been involved in and to establish “The Happiness Again – NAAMA Children Center” in Khalda, Amman for psychological services. 
The new “Happiness Again – NAMMA Children Center” will:
1)    Treat the children refugee through a 12-week program offers play and sand therapy, art therapy, and music therapy in addition to traditional psychiatric and psychological interventions.
2)    Provide psychosocial therapy to about 200 refugee children per year, ages 6-12, who suffer from PTSD related to the war.
3)    Help these children overcome their fears, regain their self-esteem and self-confidence, and become positive members to their community. 
4)    Support the families of the treated children through continuous home visits, consultations with the psychologist, and social development workshops to raise awareness about mental health issues and proper coping strategies.
We count on you and on your generous support to accomplish such a needed project.  We hope that you will support NAAMA and Happiness Again in ensuring that these children are not “lost or forgotten”.  Please join us and support “Post Cards to Syria”.
Please find attached how you can help.  for more information please e mail or call us at:
NAAMA Michigan

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Advances in Medicine CME Symposium

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The NAAMA MI chapter in collaboration with SAMS MI chapter organized a successful CME symposium on October 3rd, 2015 at the Embassy Suites in Southfield. The meeting was well attended with more than 50 participants from different healthcare specialties. The symposium title was “Advances in Medicine” and they were 9 lectures that provided updates in the different field of medicine:
  • 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
The lectures were well received the audience was very engaged with comments and questions. The feedback was outstanding and appreciative of the organization and speakers for their nonbiased presentations. The participants received their CME credit hours that were authorized through NAAMA.
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Echo- estimated Pulmonary Hypertension CME

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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.

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NAAMA MI Annual Gala 2014

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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.

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Would Like to Invite You to Join Us in

Thinking Beyond The Pill
A Live Pain Management CME / CE session

This activity is designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse  practitioners and nurses who have an interest in enhancing their clinical skills in pain management.


Dinner will be served


May 15, 2014


Franklin Athletic Club, Special Event Suite

29350 Northwestern Hwy., Southfield, MI


RSVP by May 13,2014


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NAAMA MI held it’s Annual Gala Dinner at the Dearborn Inn on November 15,2013. The attendees of Physicians , dentists,pharmacists,Deans,students and health care related supporters got to learn about NAAMA’s involvement in relief for refugees from Syria, Somalia and Hurricane Sandy in medical missions and donations that totaled about $500,000 for this year. Dr. Sam Fawaz, NAAMA’s youngest President gave a humorous and heart warming speech consisting of a father’s advise to his children… and passed the reigns to Dr. Ghassan M Saed, the President-Elect!
Dr. Yehya Basha, of Basha Diagnostics, received NAAMA MI Health Care professional of the year Award, and student Zeinab Saghir,received the first Scholarship from NAAMA MI scholarship program that we intend to expand in coming years.World renowned Comedian Dean Obeidallah gave the attendants a 30 minutes non-stop laughter in his stand-up act.

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NAAMA MI Vs ASACA Basketball Game 2013

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NAAMA MI held it’s annual collegial competition against ASACA at the Beverly Hills Academy in Franklin,Michigan. It was a fun time with crowds cheering for their team. Ultimately NAAMA MI did pull it off with a win with the final score of 84 to 63. Everyone had a great time and is looking forward to next year’s competition.



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Serving the needs of High Net Worth individuals Presentation

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Dear NAAMA MI member,

As a part of your membership perks, we are disseminating the information that was presented to us on February 20 during the ” Serving the needs of high net worth individuals” Presentation. Click here for photo gallery



Bruce Kridler, Senior Vice President, Huntington Wealth Advisors

Ron DiCicco, Senior Relationship Manager, Huntington Wealth Advisors




Serving the needs of High Net Worth individuals


Huntington Wealth Advisors team  discussed  how they meet the needs of high net worth individuals like physicians, business owners and executives. They gave examples of how Huntington bank integrated team approach has solved clients’ needs in areas such as personal lending, business lending, residential home mortgages and investment management services. Special services are available to you as a NAAMA member including an exclusive physician home mortgage loan.



NAAMA MI Annual Gala Dinner

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Friday November 16, 2012 – Friday November 16, 2012

The Dearborn Inn
Dearborn Ballroom
20301 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124

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Join us for our Annual Gala Dinner at the Dearborn Inn on Friday, November 16th, 2012. The event starts at 6:00PM in the Dearborn Ballroom–tickets are $100/person.