LCMH Physician Leads Trip to Provide Medical Care to Syrian Refugees Across the Globe

In January 2016, M. Bassel Atassi, M.D., hematologist/oncologist at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH), traveled across the globe to provide medical attention to Syrian Refugees in Jordan at various clinics, including the second largest refugee camp in the world. Dr. Atassi led a team of 70 dedicated individuals from multiple locations nation-wide on a mission trip to Jordan. These refugees had minimal access to healthcare.

PHOTO 1Long-time member and leader in the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), Dr. Atassi has embarked on prior mission trips which helped him to prepare for this journey with assistance from the LCMH pharmacy staff.

“I am beyond grateful for the support I received from Little Company of Mary,” said Dr. Atassi. “It made the success of our trip a realization.”

A team from Little Company of Mary Hospital joined Dr. Atassi on the trip. Mohammed Z. Sahloul, M.D., pulmonologist at LCMH, and son of Ammar Bayrakdar, M.D., endocrinologist at LCMH were a part of Dr. Atassi’s team as well as Omar Alzein, college student / son of Hassan Alzein, M.D., pediatric department chair at LCMH, and Josh Margaritondo, a social worker at LCMH.

The services provided by Dr. Atassi’s dedicated team include: Dentistry, Dermatology, Echocardiography, Family Practice, GI, Hematology/Oncology, Internal Medicine, Interventional Cardiology, Nephrology, Neurology, OB/GYN, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Pain Management, Pediatrics, Plastic Surgery, Psychiatry, Pulmonary Medicine, Social Work, and Urgent Care. Furthermore, the team was comprised of a wide variety of medical disciplines, including: Physicians, nurses, x-ray technicians, lab technicians, pharmacists, a social worker, and a chaplain. Multiple college, medical and dental students also joined Dr. Atassi’s team on the journey.

“The entire trip was truly eye-opening,” said Dr. Atassi. “The ability to be an advocate for those who are unable to advocate for themselves is a priceless gift and I would love to return in the future.”

Dr. Atassi and the team volunteered countless hours to the Syrian refugees on the largest mission trip from the United States.

“As an international religious community, our Little Company of Mary Sisters have a long history of serving those in great need,” said Mary Jo Quick, Vice President of Mission and Spirituality at LCMH. “This certainly resonates with their heritage. We here at the hospital have great admiration for the mission work being done by these physicians and all disciplines who participated.”

Over the course of six days, the team worked together to provide Syrian refugees with 28 cardiac interventions, 300 dental procedures, 350 pediatric blindness screenings, nine plastic surgeries, and 50 pain relief interventions, to name a few. More than 5,000 refugees received treatment from Dr. Atassi’s team.


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