Last month, the Compassionate Care Mission led its first mission to Lebanon. The volunteer group of US doctors and academics created this organization “to provide compassionate medical care to refugees and vulnerable host communities.” Over 20 volunteers participated in the July trip. Three of the emergency specialists were: Josyann Abisaab, M.D. (an emergency medicine physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medicine); Rana Biary, M.D. (an emergency medicine physician and toxicologist at New York University Langone Health) and Christian Wilson, M.D. (an internal medicine physician at Apogee Physicians).
Working in conjunction with various international NGOs, this team of dedicated individuals felt “helpless” at the devastation caused by the war in Syria. As such, it created a volunteer-based mission – with the support of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) – to bring much needed medical relief, aid and pharmaceuticals to those in Lebanon. Educating those on illness prevention in underserved communities was also a part of the trip.
All medical missions require a whole slew of doctors with different specialties. The mission was fortunate to have the following emergency medical on its team, including: Dr. Josyann Abisaab, Dr. Cecilia Sorenson, Dr. Martin Pusic, Dr. Fereshti Sani and others. Other specialty US doctors in the fields of: internal medicine, pediatrics, hospice care, and molecular biology were a crucial element in this mission.
After the care follow up, more missions will be planned. It is hoped that additional expert medical volunteers from the US will also be recruited.