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National Arab American Medical Association Urges Immediate Cessation of Bombing and Siege of the Gaza Strip 

October 12, 2023 

The National Arab American Medical Association calls for the immediate cessation of bombing in the Gaza Strip and the lifting of the inhumane siege to minimize loss of life and to enable humanitarian relief to reach the injured, the hungry, the displaced, and the homeless. 

As of October 12, Israeli warplanes have destroyed 22,639 housing units,10 health institutions (including 7 hospitals), 48 schools, and the Islamic University in Gaza.  As of October 11, in excess of 1100 are known to be dead, five thousand are wounded, and 200,000 are homeless in the Gaza Strip.  On top of that, the civilian population faces a complete Israeli blockade of food, water, medical supplies, electricity, and fuel.  Such indiscriminate blockades constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity in humanitarian law.  The occupying power is supposed to be protecting the civilians under its aegis, not killing them. 

NAAMA counts among its members innumerable students, alumni, and faculty of universities and medical institutions across the United States. Our humanitarian activism focuses of medical relief and capacity building at home and abroad.  As an organization of healthcare professionals, we strive to promote health, wellness, and life for all.  This goes to the core of our shared beliefs and humanity. We urge that all good offices of government and international agencies waste no time to stop the ongoing violence and lift the siege on Gaza, lest we witness a cataclysmic human catastrophe which we may not be able salvage. 

NAAMA believes that creating peaceful conditions on the ground is the best way to ensure that aid and services may be resumed to the innocent people suffering in Gaza.  Thus we urge cessation of violence and resumption of key supplies and services, upon which the 2.4 million residents of Gaza rely. 

The National Arab American Medical Association is the largest educational, cultural and humanitarian association of Arab-American medical professionals in North America. 



Dear NAAMA Members,

It is with a heavy heart that we must convey some unfortunate news regarding our 33rd International Medical Convention, originally scheduled to take place in Cairo, Egypt from December 27th, 2023, to January 1st, 2024.

After careful consideration and continuous monitoring of the regional situation, we, the Executive Board and the Conference Committee have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s conference and postpone it to the end of June 2024. The primary reason for this cancellation is the ongoing instability in Gaza/Palestine and the possibility of a larger conflict extending into Egypt. Our utmost concern is the safety and well-being of our community members, and we believe that this decision is in the best interest of all involved parties.

We understand the disappointment that this news may bring as this convention is an invaluable opportunity for networking, knowledge exchange, and collaboration, and we remain committed to providing you with the highest quality medical education and networking opportunities while keeping your safety as our priority.

Registrants, please inform us of your wish regarding keeping your registration for the summer or canceling and requesting a refund by contacting our manager Ms. Rouba Samman at In addition, contact K Tours to inform them of your decision by emailing them at

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your understanding and your continued support and dedication to NAAMA. We look forward to better days ahead when we can come together to celebrate our shared passion for medicine and our commitment to the Arab American medical community.

Please continue your prayers and support of our people in Gaza.

Warm regards,
Nahidh Hasaniya, MD, PhD, FACS, FACC, FCCP
NAAMA President 

Honoring NAAMA Past Presidents at the National Convention in Detroit, MI 2018.

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September 2023 - NAAMA Newsletter

Dear NAAMA Members,

We hope this newsletter finds you in good health and high spirits. As we enter the month of September, we would like to take a moment to update you on some important news and events within our organization.

Recent Earthquake in Morocco:

Our hearts go out to the victims affected by the recent earthquake in Morocco. As you may recall, NAAMA had its last international conference in Morocco last December, and our connection to the country makes this tragedy even more personal. We encourage all NAAMA members to come together and support the victims by donating through NAAMA. 

45th National Conference in San Diego:

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the members who attended our 45th national conference in San Diego. The turnout was exceptional, and the conference was a resounding success on both social and academic levels. A special thank you to our youth volunteers and to the organizing committee for doing a phenomenal job.  NAAMA’s future relies with our youth and young doctors.

Membership Renewal:

As we move forward, we kindly remind all members to renew their membership annually. Your continued support and involvement are vital to the growth and success of NAAMA. 

Chapter Expansion:

We encourage members without a chapter affiliation to consider opening their own chapters. By establishing local chapters, you not only gain access to additional benefits and resources but also increase your voting power within the organization. Starting a chapter allows you to create a localized community of like-minded individuals who can work together to make a positive impact in your area. If you are interested in opening a chapter, please reach out to us for guidance and support.

Upcoming International Conference:

We are excited for our upcoming conference in Egypt this December.  This conference is a great opportunity to connect with other members and to learn more about the work that NAAMA is doing. We encourage all of our members to sign up and participate in this conference by October of this year.

Wishing you all a wonderful month ahead!

Best regards,

Nahidh Hasaniya, MD, PhD, FACS, FACC, FCCP

NAAMA President 

Nahidh Hasaniya, MD, PhD, FACS, FACC, FCCP


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