Our Team - UOSSM-CANADA

Our Team

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Dr. Anas Al-Kassem is a trauma and Bariatric surgeon who practices in Canada. Dr Al-Kassem received his MD in Damascus, Syria. He then left to Canada and completed his General Surgery training at the University of Ottawa. He did a clinical fellowship in Trauma at Foothills in Calgary. After showing leadership skills in Trauma, he was offered the position of a Trauma Team Leader at the Civic Hospital, University of Ottawa. Dr. Al-Kassem extended his surgery skills and expertise by earning a MIS/Bariatric Surgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas. Dr. Al Kassem has been active in many humanitarian organizations. He is a co-founder of the Union of Medical Care and Relief organizations. He is currently the Chairman of the Union of Syrian Relief Organizations-Canada. Dr. Al-Kassem has initiated the electronic data registry system for trauma hospitals in Syria and continues to be involved in the surgery missions to support over 80 hospitals in the devastated country.

 

Dr. Hussam Al Fakir is dentist and orthodontist who practices in Canada. Dr. Al Fakir completed his dental training at Dalhousie university in Halifax, then went on to practice general dentistry in Edmonton. He went back to school to do clinical residency in Orthodontics and Master degree in medical sciences. Dr. Al Fakir’s passion to help other people and make a positive difference in people’s lives have pushed him to join medical relief organization like UOSSM-Canada. He had helped establishing dental clinic in Turkey to serve Syrian refugees. Currently, he is proud to serve on the board of the Union of Syrian Relief Organizations-Canada and help other people in need. 

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Dr. Aliya Aziz Khan is a Professor of Clinical Medicine, Divisions of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Geriatrics at McMaster University and  Director of the Calcium Disorders Clinic at McMaster University. She graduated with Honors from the University of Ottawa Medical School and completed her postgraduate training at the University of Toronto. She has extensively published over 150 scientific papers, book chapters and a textbook on parathyroid and bone diseases. Dr. Khan has been recognized by national and international awards including the International Clinician Instructor of the Year 2011 award by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry .

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Dr. Maher Saqqur is a neurologist and stroke specialist in the university of Alberta. Dr. Saqqur received his MD in Damascus, Syria. He moved to USA where he completed his residency in Neurology at Penn State University. Since 2002, he has been serving as stroke specialist at University of Alberta. He has been working with medical relief organization since the civil war in Syria has started.  He helped establish rehab centre in Turkey and currently helping with Telecommunication unite to provide consults for a neurological ICU in Syria.   

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Dr. Reem  Alsabbagh is a family doctor, she completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Western Ontario; Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. Currently Dr. Reem Alsabbagh is practicing as a family physician in Milton, Ontario. With the large flow of incoming refugees, Dr. Alsabbagh is playing a key role in aiding the Syrian refugees in the Halton region area by providing healthcare services and health education sessions to the Syrian refugees.