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ACCESS Health Fair 2013

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As part of its ongoing community outreach,NAAMA-MI Michigan members took part in a back to school community health fair event at ACCESS in Dearborn. The volunteers performed school physicals as well as dental evaluations on school-age children of various ages.  According to the participants, the experience was highly rewarding as it provided the community with a much needed service for its most vulnerable residents.

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NAAMA MI 2013 Scholarship Program

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NAAMA MI is pleased to announce its

2013 Scholarship Program


  1. The Michigan Chapter of the National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA-MI) has established a scholarship fund to support the scholarly activities of graduate students in the health field.
  2. The Objective of the scholarship award is to assist future generation of Arab American healthcare students in lessening their financial strains during the educational years. As a result, NAAMA MI hopes this investment in the future generation of Arab American healthcare professionals translates into giving back to the community at large.
  3. The scholarship amount has been set at $2500 per recipient.
  4. A Scholarship Committee has been established to oversee this program.
  5. Scholarship awards must be used for tuition or other education related expenses necessary to advance the careers of awardees in the health field
  6. Awardees are expected to become actively involved in NAAMA-MI and to provide educational, charitable, and humanitarian services to the community NAAMA-MI supports.


  • Eligibility Criteria
  1. Students must be members of NAAMA-MI or meet the eligibility criteria to become student members in NAAMA-MI.
  2. Students must be enrolled in a graduate program in a health related field in any University in Michigan.
  3. Board members and their immediate family are non eligible for the scholarship award.
  • Application Packet

The application packet must include the following:

  1. A completed NAAMA-MI Scholarship Form
  2. Personal statement by the applicant including at least the following information:
    • Description of any community service that the applicant had performed.
    • Description of future activities the applicant will perform to support the community.
    • Description of how the award will help the applicant further his/her career.
    • Cumulative GPA at application submission.
  3. Updated and signed Curriculum Vitae. The curriculum vitae must have been prepared within three months of the date of submission of the application.
  4. Evidence that the applicant is enrolled as a graduate student in an eligible university and is in good standing.
  5. It is the responsibility of the applicant to compile all of these documents and submit them as a packet to the scholarship committee. The scholarship committee will not seek any missing information.
  • Submission
  1. All application packets must be submitted electronically.
  2. It is the responsibility of the applicant to scan all the required documents and submit them as a single PDF file to the Scholarship Committee.
  3. Applications must be submitted by email to
  • Timeline
  1. Applications are due to the NAAMA-MI Scholarship Committee by 4:00 pm of September 15 of every calendar year.
  2. The Scholarship Committee will review the application packets before the October meeting of the NAAMA-MI Board of Directors.
  3. Awardees will be selected during the October meeting of the NAAMA-MI Board of Directors.
  4. Awardees will be notified prior to and announced during the annual Business Meeting and Gala Dinner of NAAMA-MI.
  •  Disbursement of funds
  1. Funds will be disbursed directly to the recipient of the award.
  2. It is expected that awardees will attend the Gala Dinner to receive the award.



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President-Elect 2013 Elections

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This year, we are conducting elections for the President – Elect position for 2013.  If you are an active member , you are eligible to vote and will be receiving election material in the mail . The opportunity to elect your President Elect  is a benefit of your membership and a duty.

President-Elect 2013 Candidates:


Ali Farhat , MD

My name is Dr. Ali Farhat.  I am a graduate of Wayne State University School of Medicine.  I completed my Internal Medicine residency at Beaumont Health System, where I continue to practice as a hospitalist over the past 15 years.  I currently serve as Chief of the division of Hospital Medicine at Beaumont Health System.  I am also Assistant Professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, as well as Wayne State University School of Medicine.   At Beaumont, I chair the corporate CPR committee and am the founder and the medical director of the Rapid Response Team, as well as the Medical Surgical Observation Unit   In addition, I lead many quality improvement projects and committees, and I am passionate about providing my patients with the highest quality of care.

I have been a proud NAAMA member since 1992, and I’ve been privileged to serve as a Board member for NAAMA-MI over the past two years.  I am currently the vice president of the Board for the term ending this year.   I am seeking election as president-elect of NAAMA-MI board for the year 2013, and I am looking for your support.  The Board and I have worked very hard to elevate NAAMA’s position in the community, but our work is far from done.  If elected, I will work closely with our Board and general members to further strengthen our organization, and help NAAMA   build its position as a leader organization both nationally and internationally.  Thank you!



Ghassan Saed, PHD
My Name is Ghassan Saed; I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University School of Medicine. I have served on the NAAMA-MI board for the last four years. I was an integral part in promoting NAAMA’s mission of organizing and participating in educational, cultural and charitable events in our community. In 2012, I served as the Chief Financial Officer as well as the Gala chair. I am proud to report that this year the Gala was the most successful thus far. 580 people attended the event which included NAAMA members and members of various community organizations. This event would have not been possible without my exceptional personal communication skills, leadership, management, and teamwork. I am proud to be a NAAMA member as it gives me the opportunity to be part of an organized network of healthcare professionals. NAAMA incorporates its members from various healthcare professions including dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, allied health as well as clinical and translational research. I will work to strengthen these interactions, as they are the foundation for future Arab American healthcare professionals, by recruiting more members to our chapter. I will work hard to enhance the medical knowledge of NAAMA members by supporting professional and educational activities focused on health education and disease prevention in collaboration with community-based organizations. This will promote professional relationships among members, serve as an educational resource for medical students and healthcare-related post-graduate trainees and medical organizations, and more importantly create friendly relationships among healthcare professionals.

Estate/ Asset Protection Strategies for Physicians Presentation

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On Aug 22nd  2012 , NAAMA MI held a financial presentation in Habib Restaurant Dearborn. Presenters James M. Gasparotto and John M Bussa from Lincoln Financial  Advisors  summarized the  essential steps in sound financial health and estate planning.

– Keys to a sound Financial Planning

– Phases in Life to Plan

– The Accumulation Process

– Tools to Help analyze one’s situation

– Estate and Protection Techniques

– Levels of Estate / Asset Protection Planning

-Distribution Planning at Death




Family Picnic July 8 , 2012

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Come Join Us on Our Family Picnic

Have Fun and Enjoy Good Food

Kids will have Plenty of Fun at the Playground


Date: Sunday July 8

Place: Kensington Park- Milford ( Shelter H – North Hickory)

Time : 11:00 Am




Directions to North Hickory Shelter H: Exit I-96 at Kensington Road, exit 151. Follow signs into the park, after the tollbooth, go about 1 ¾ miles into the park. Turn right on Island Road, or Park Route #5. Turn left on the first drive on the left. North Hickory is to your left at the top of the hill.

Click Here for Map of Kensington Park





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On Sunday June 3, NAAMA-MI members and families and members of ASACA (American Syrian Arab Cultural Association) and their families spend part of the afternoon enjoying a basketball game.  This was at Beverly Hills Academy, in Beverly Hills. Men, women and children had lots of fun watching and cheering for the players on both sides. The players had good athletic skills and worked hard to win. At the end, it was NAAMA-MI that won the game with a strong surge and accelerated offensive in the last couple of minutes.  It was just for fun and good social gathering.



Neisseria Meningitidis Lecture

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As continuing medical educational programs to the Michigan medical community, NAAMA-MI hosted Dr. W. AbuHammour during the monthly Board meeting on May 23, 2012. The presentation was on the topic of  Neisseria meningitidis: An important and devastating human pathogen. This took place at Habib Restaurant- Dearborn at 6:00 pm. The audiences were impressed by the presentation and the presenter and important information and updates related to this serious disease were discussed.  This included:

  • New Vaccine is now available
  • Bacteriology and Epidemiology of this disease
  • ACIP recommendations for use of meningococcal vaccines
  • Adolescent vaccination coverage: getting to goal




NAAMA-MI a sponsor for Arab American Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

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On Wednesday May 16, NAAMA-MI was proud to be among other organizations celebrating the achievements of a select group of Arab Americans that was highlighted at the American Arab Professionals Networks’ annual “Celebrating Success” Banquet at Greenfield Manor.

This year selected pioneer professionals of various sectors were chosen from the community. NAAMA immediate past President, Dr. Mohannad Hammami, was selected as Arab American of the Year in Medicine. He discussed the importance of giving back to the community, and spoke about the challenges of being an immigrant. “You are recognizing an immigrant at a time when immigrant is a dirty word…Being an immigrant is something I will wear on my heart with the utmost pride,” Dr. Hammami said.

“For 20 years we have been the voice of Arab American businesses in our community and abroad,” American Arab Chamber of Commerce Chairman Ahmed Chabbani said.

Keynote speaker Michael Robinson, Managing Director and Co-Head of J.P. Morgan Private Bank outlined some of the characteristics successful people hold. They’re also very generous when it comes to giving back to the community. “Successful people tend to give back to the people around them and create lifelong friendships.”

R to L: Dr. Refai, Dr. Saed, Dr. Fawaz,Dr. Saleh

NAAMA MI Sponsored Lebanese American Heritage Club Annual Gala

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On Fiday May 11. 2012 NAAMA-MI was proud to be a sponsor of the LAHC 24th Annual Awards Gala at the Hyatt in Dearborn, and to continue this exchange sponsorship as before. This was a great event in which about 51 college students received scholarship for their high achievements and academic excellence. Many officials from the City, County, business companies and various community organizations were represented at the event. Several NAAMA-MI Board members were present at the event.

From Right to Left: Dr. Kaspo , Mrs. kaspo ,M.Renee Ahee, Dr. Saleh, Dr. Elmenini ,also Dr. Elmenini, Dr. Fawaz

NAAMA MI Spring Social

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On Saturday May 12, 2012, medical and other healthcare students gathered for an evening of social networking at the Gemayze Restaurant in Royal Oak. NAAMA-MI is proud to be the sponsor of that event. Dr. Saleh, NAAMA-MI President and Dr. Nazem Al Hussein, a NAAMA-MI active member, attended the event and mingled with the students who were vastly from WSU. The program was organized by Roula Daher, Eric Succar and Manal Peracha from WSU_School of medicine. Everyone enjoyed the evening with good light food and friendly social gathering.