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Amel najjar
executive director, founder

As the Executive
Director and Founder of Children of War Foundation, Amel is engaged in all
aspects of the organization, aligning her responsibilities around strategic
priorities, with oversight to develop, innovate and drive implementation of the
organization’s vision, goals, and key initiatives.  Through her
vision, Children of War Foundation provides transformative healthcare
, preventative care and medical education to marginalized children and
healthcare professionals in underrepresented communities.

In addition to
advocating for COWF, Amel is an active Ambassador for Children's Hospital
L.A., advocating for current life altering research and initiatives in
neonatal and pediatric surgery. She has also worked with, volunteered,
partnered and affiliated COWF with many non-governmental organizations
including; UNHCR, UNICEF, Caritas International, Farah Medical Center-Jordan,
Operation Smile, Al-Taif Eye Center-Jordan, Solace for the Children
Afghanistan, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Miami Jackson Hospital,
Boston Children's, Shriners Hospital Los Angeles, Hospital Bernard Mevs Haiti,
Royal Medical Services of Jordan, American Near East Refugee Aid, Sadaqa
Women's Rights, Ronald McDonald House Charities, American Red Cross, among

Amel is an advocate for
children's welfare & rights, secular education & empowerment,
solving social problems of emerging market economies and sustainable
economic development in underdeveloped regions. 

Amel’s studies include,
University of California San Diego, majoring in Political Science and
International Relations, & minor emphasis in Middle East
Studies. University of Oxford, Said Business School, Women
Transforming Leadership program.  University of Oxford,
Said Business School M.B.A


Dr. Colin Brady is board certified in General Surgery and board-eligible in Plastic Surgery. He is a staff surgeon at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and holds an adjunct faculty appointment at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Brady earned his doctorate in Medicine at The Ohio State University: College of Medicine and Public Health.

He then completed a 7-year General Surgery residency at Emory University Hospital. He remained at Emory University to complete his formal training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Following, 10 years of training at Emory, he completed a fellowship in Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, University of Southern California.

Dr. Brady has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed publications and book chapters covering principles and practices of craniomaxillofacial surgery. His interests include craniofacial surgery, cleft care paradigm, orthognathic surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, and facial reanimation.


Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, is the dean of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine.

Dr. Ford is a Haitian-born pediatric surgeon who maintains close ties with his native country. In 2010 he traveled to Haiti after the earthquake to provide surgical care to children injured in the catastrophe. Since then, Dr. Ford has returned to Haiti regularly to provide medical care to its residents. In May 2015, he performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins in Haiti, alongside surgeons he helped train.

He was most recently senior vice president and chief of surgery at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), vice dean of medical education, and professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Department of Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Ford was professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine before joining CHLA in January 2005.

 Motivated by a deep desire to have a positive impact on the world and drive important change, Dr. Ford has achieved unprecedented success throughout his career. He has conducted groundbreaking research on the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, the most common and lethal disease affecting the gastrointestinal tract of newborn infants. His work has led to new insights into the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of this vexing disease. Under his leadership, CHLA developed a robust, state-of-the-art minimally invasive surgery program.

 Dr. Ford’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, the National Trauma Registry for Children and the American College of Surgeons, among others. He is the author of more than 300 publications, book chapters, invited manuscripts, abstracts, and presentations.

 Dr. Ford is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons (England), the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

He received his bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs, cum laude, from Princeton University, and his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He also received his M.H.A. (Master of Health Administration) degree from the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California.


Jeffrey Hammoudeh, M.D., D.D.S., F.A.C.S., is one of an elite very small group of surgeons in the United States that is board-certified in oral maxillofacial surgery as well as plastic surgery with additional craniofacial fellowship training. He is director of the Jaw Deformities Care Program within the division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Hammoudeh earned his medical and dental degrees from Northwestern University. This was followed by surgical internships in oral surgery and general surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. Subsequent to that, he went on to complete his formal training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at the Harvard Program based out of the Mass General Hospital. During that training, Dr. Hammoudeh did additional training in general surgery and then subsequently utilized that foundation to do a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Miami. After completing his double doctorate and two residencies, he then moved on to the University of Southern California at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, where he completed a fellowship in pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery.

Dr. Hammoudeh is an Associate Professor and a leader at his field at Children's Hospital Los Angeles with faculty appointment at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California as well as the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC.

In addition to his leadership positions at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Dr. Hammoudeh is a recognized leader in pediatric plastic surgery and has active research in neonatal cleft lip repair, neonatal distraction, and craniofacial reconstruction of the jaws. He is the primary investigator and the lead author and surgeon in neonatal cleft lip repair where currently children born with cleft lip and palates are able to undergo their cleft lip repair as early as two weeks of life. He has co-authored many book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, lectured nationally as well as internationally. He is a recognized leader in the field and provides cutting-edge care to children in Los Angeles.

dr. khaldoun haddadin

Retired Maj. Gen. Dr. Khaldoun Haddadin, BSc, MB ChB, FRCS graduated from St. Andrews (BSc 1982) and Manchester University (MB ChB 1985). He is Jordanian Board certified in General Surgery (1991) and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (1995). He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England since 1996.

He completed his Post-Graduate Training in Plastic Surgery at Canniesburn Hospital, Glasgow UK. He is the President of the Jordanian Society of Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons, a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Member of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and a Member of AO CMF; Jordan Chapter.

Currently he is a Consultant Plastic Reconstructive Surgeon in the Private Sector, Chief of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, King Hussein Cancer Center since 2003, President of the Jordanian Society of Plastic Reconstructive Surgeons and Examiner for the Jordanian Board of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery since 2010 Previous Posts include Assistant Director General of the Jordanian Royal Medical Services for Medical Affairs and Regional Medicine from Nov 2016 until retirement from Active Service in June 2017, Chairman of Dep. of Surgery, Jordanian Royal Medical Services, Dec 2013- Nov 2016 and Chief of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, King Hussein Medical Center, Oct 2009 – Dec 2013.

Dr. Haddadin serves as the leading Medical Director for Children of War Foundation in Jordan and surrounding region.

DR. mark urata

Mark M. Urata is the Audrey Skirball-Kenis Chair and Chief of the Division of
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Keck School of Medicine of USC.


He is also Head of the
Division of Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
and Director of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr.
Urata is uniquely qualified with board certification in both Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery as well as Plastic Surgery and holds faculty appointments at both the
Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC School of Dentistry. Dr. Urata
trained for 18 years following his undergraduate education. He received his
dental degree from the USC School of Dentistry and his medical degree from the
USC Keck School of Medicine. He completed a residency in oral and maxillofacial
surgery before matriculating to general surgery and then completing a residency
in plastic and reconstructive surgery at USC. He then moved across town where
he completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at the University of
California, Los Angeles. He specializes in the most complex craniofacial
anomalies, including craniosynostosis, syndromic reconstruction, vascular
anomalies, pediatric and adult craniomaxillofacial trauma, post-traumatic
reconstruction, orthognathic surgery, aesthetic surgery of the head and neck
and jaw deformities. Dr. Urata has authored numerous scientific articles and
book chapters and has been voted amongst the nation’s top surgeons according to
multiple sources including U.S. News and World Report, Best Doctors and
America’s Best Plastic Surgeons. He maintains NIH funded research within the
Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology related to defining TGF Beta
signaling in palatogenesis. He is also interested in computerized planning of
Le Fort III and orthognathic surgery and outcomes studies on cleft lip and

dr. osama hamarneh
Dr. Osama Hamarneh heads COWF’s E.N.T. surgery outreach in Amman, Jordan. 
After graduating from medical school in Jordan, Dr. Osama completed basic surgical training in England (MRCS & DOHNS) and then spent 2 years in cancer research investigating the role of tumor immunology in Head and Neck cancer (MD, The University of Hull). He then completed additional surgical training in ENT surgery across the west midlands, UK (FRCS ORL-HNS) and subsequently completed the prestigious national fellowship in Head and Neck Surgical Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery at Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital, UK.
Dr. Osama is passionate and proficient in all aspects of ENT surgery, especially in new frontiers such as endoscopic anterior skull base surgery, trans oral laser & robotic surgery, minimal access thyroid surgery, microvascular reconstructive surgery and aesthetic facial surgery.
As a healthcare professional and educator, Dr. Osama is regularly involved in training and education, being a faculty member at a number of ENT courses and a previous trainee representative at the Midlands Institute of Otolaryngology council. He has lectured at numerous international presentations nationally and internationally, publishing over 15 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 3 book chapters. 
Dr. Osama’s charity work includes working with Syrian and Iraqi refugees through the charity group Caritas International and Atfaluna, meaning “Our Children” Jordan, providing underprivileged children across Jordan and the greater region access to healthcare. 

Dr. Ziad Dahabreh MB BS MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth) Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, Hip and knee reconstruction & knee sports injuries specialist. 

Dr. Ziad Dahabreh specialises in hip and knee surgery and fracture treatment. He has worked as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in the United Kingdom (UK) and has expertise in total hip and knee replacement surgery, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery of the knee, knee osteotomies, as well as, surgical and non-surgical treatments of fractures. Dr. Dahabreh is also responsible for training and examining orthopaedic trainees. He has had extensive involvement in research which he has published and presented internationally. 

Dr. Dahabreh’s comprehensive surgical and orthopaedic training programme in the UK for over 12 years included working with renowned surgeons, as well as, obtaining a prestigious fellowship in Harrogate. After being awarded the certificate of completion of training in trauma & orthopaedic surgery (CCT) in the UK, Dr Dahabreh spent one year of fellowship training in Australia at the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute and the Royal North Shore Hospital. Dr. Dahabreh worked as a full time consultant in the UK before relocating to Jordan in the summer of 2015. 

Dr. Dahabreh currently consults at his private outpatient clinic in Amman, Jordan. He still practices in the UK as a part time consultant. 

Dr. Dahabreh is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and has a Master of Science (MSc) degree in orthopaedic engineering from the University of Cardiff. He is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), the British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK), the British Trauma Society (BTS), and the Jordanian Medical Union. 


Andrew Paul Ordon, M.D., F.A.C.S., ABPS, ASPS, sometimes billed as Dr. Drew Ordon, is a plastic surgeon and an Emmy-nominated co-host of the award-winning talk show The Doctors. Dr. Ordon is a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery,

the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Ordon is affiliated with the University of Southern California, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. He currently practices in Beverly Hills and Rancho Mirage, California. In addition to practicing, Dr. Ordon is an educator, currently a co-director of the Keck/USC Aesthetic Fellowship. Dr. Ordon also co-founded Surgical Friends Foundation, merging with Children of War Foundation in 2013.


based, Dr. Shawana Vali is founder of the London Medi-Spa, a luxury brand,
providing Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Medical solutions; written by a
Board of accredited Doctors worldwide, bringing the most innovative treatments
directly to the consumer. In addition to overseeing and practicing in her
flagship office.

Dr. Vali is an international
speaker, educator and teaching faculty associate. Dr. Vali trained at Guy’s
& St. Thomas Medical School in London, and during her time she undertook
a further degree in Clinical Anatomy & Neuroscience. Over the years, Dr.
Vali has completed many international fellowships, from Los Angeles, South
Africa, Europe, and throughout the Middle East. In addition to her love for
aesthetic medical solutions, Dr. Vali is passionate about healthcare for
children. Having volunteered and having active roles with NGO’s from the around
the world, Dr. Vali believes that children should be a priority when it comes
to advocating for the needs of the underprivileged.  Learn more about Dre. Vali's practice at 



Nadia is a Jordanian-American Producer, Line Producer and Field Producer of many years locally and internationally, working with mainstream TV and reality TV, as well as various documentary films. Based between Los Angeles and Amman, Nadia has extensive experience in production consultancy, production, casting, directing, editing, landscape photography, among other entertainment specialties.

She is owner and founder or Green Bananas Productions and sits on the board of Children of War Foundation. Nadia is active with a number of Non-Governmental Organizations in Los Angeles and Jordan, having that influence by growing up in a family that is very active and successful in social change and advancement in the Mid East Region. Nadia is extremely passionate about issues that face our society today, in particular, women’s rights, disability rights, children’s rights, environment, heritage and culture She believes in using the power of media and film as a tool not only to entertain but also to educate, raise awareness and bring about positive social change. Nadia share an Emmy Award with the Children's Hospital Los Angeles and the Children of War Foundation on a short documentary, based on the inspiring journey of COWF’s first candidate, an Iraqi boy named Hashim, a victim of a roadside bomb. In addition to her Emmy, international Film Festival involvement and other awards, Nadia has also worked with and was mentored by Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville and director Larry Charles. Nadia leads COWF's team in Jordan along with local team members residing in the region.



Claudia has been involved with COWF since it's inception in 2010. Claudia was born in Cyprus where she spent her early childhood. She is an accountant educated in England. Residing in Beverly Hills, she works as a financial consultant and Private Client Realtor with numerous clients.

Having lived through a war and having become a refugee herself, “Children of War foundation” has special meaning to her. She has seen the devastation of war and understands the effects that it takes, both mentally and physically. She is the proud mother of Carl and Emile Nicolaou both successful entertainment lawyers. Both of Claudia's son are legal advisors and consultants for COWF.



Co-Founder of London’s premier members only Wellness center, LMS Wellness, Dr. Enayat is a surgically-trained general practioner with a medical management degree from Imperial College London. With a desire to innovate. He is inherently focused on bringing advancements to the world of medicine.

Relentless in his pursuit of integrating the most cutting-edge, life enhancing methodologies to LMS Wellness. Dr. Enayat’s extensive training has taken him from South Africa to San Diego, where he immersed himself in stem cell technology. He established his reputation as an innovator in medicine by being awarded the opportunity to partake in the prestigious Darzi Fellowship for Clinical Leadership. Recognizing that combining multiple disciplines was key to achieving a seismic shift in health optimization, Dr. Enayat was drawn further into the world of functional medicine. Investigating the diverse methodologies to achieving infinite vitality – from ancient Eastern therapies to traditional Western medicine – has since allowed him to curate the most holistic, evidence-based wellness and performance-enhancing offering for LMS Wellness clients. Inventive yet empathetic, Dr. Enayat’s approach is rooted in providing an exemplary client journey, guiding them intelligently on their individual path to discovering their ultimate health goals. Dr. Enayat is a true visionary, ambitious and forward-thinking, who looks to the future of medicine, challenges its limitations, whilst presenting its infinite possibilities. Dr. Enayat lead’s Children of War Foundation’s Global Health and Primary Care Outreach, his responsibilities include, insuring sustainable implementation of preventable health measures, general health education and community wellness, including development of programs, curriculum and training individuals in community based initiatives.

 "I Am Only One; But Still I Am One. I Cannot Do Everything, But Still I Can Do Something; I Will Not Refuse To Do The Something I Can Do."

- Helen Keller

"Be The Change You Want To See In The World."

- Mahatma Gandhi



Dr. Chang graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in biological sciences and continued his education at USC for medical school and residency training in urology.

Afterward, he matriculated to the prestigious pediatric urology fellowship program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania. While in Philadelphia, he distinguished himself as a superb researcher. He was also awarded a scholarship by the American Urological Association Foundation and appointed a National Institutes of Health sponsored researcher. Chang has garnered multiple awards at society and national meetings. Additionally, he has been recognized yearly as a superb clinician by his peers and patients' parents.


Dr. Reinisch has nearly 35 years of experience in treating children with craniofacial deformities, cleft lips and palates, vascular tumors, pigmented birthmarks and microtia (congenital deformity of the ear).

He is known worldwide for his groundbreaking design and successful use of a biomaterial implant for ear reconstruction in very young children. After more than 25 years at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where he established the Division of Plastic Surgery, he is now Director of Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.


Dr. Andre Panossian is a board-certified plastic surgeon who belongs to a select group of individuals with expertise in facial reanimation, brachial plexus injuries, congenital hand and vascular anomalies, burns, limb reconstruction, and cleft lip and palate surgery.

Dr. Panossian holds an appointment in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the USC Keck School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate education at UCLA and his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine. Following his residency in plastic surgery at USC, Dr. Panossian trained at the prestigious Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, where he subspecialized in pediatric plastic surgery. His research interests include exploring the clinical application of composite tissue allotransplantation and elucidating the mechanisms of cerebral adaptation following facial paralysis surgery.


Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD is the Medical Director of Cedars-Sinai's Cranial Base Surgery Program. He also is an Otologist/Skull Base surgeon at USC. Dr. Friedman's current research includes the study of outcomes in the management of skull base tumors and hereditary hearing loss.

He has devoted his professional life to ear and cranial base surgery as well as basic science. Dr. Friedman is a member of several ear and skull base surgery societies. He serves on committees for the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the American Otological Society, the Acoustic Neuroma Association (medical board member), the American Neurotology Society, the North American Skull Base Society, the Triological Society, and the NIH/National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) where he serves as an Ad Hoc Reviewer.


An orthopedic surgeon with specific interest in sports injuries of the shoulder and knee, Andrew Bulczynski, M.D. joined DISC Sports and Spine in 2009.

Committed to bringing his patients back to a pain-free, optimal level of function, Dr. Bulczynski takes a conservative approach to treatment, incorporating modalities such as medication and injections. He will also refer patients to physical therapy, chiropractic treatment and/or acupuncture to repair tissues and structures whenever possible. If surgery is required, Dr. Bulczynski prefers minimally invasive and arthroscopic techniques.


Stephen Haddad BCO, director of Ocular Prosthetics, Inc. graduated from Worcester Industrial Technical Institute and completed his training at the American Optical Prosthetic Center in Southbridge , Massachusetts.

Stephen Haddad BCO, BADO became a Board Certified Ocularist in 1991. He takes great pleasure in sharing his excellent technical and artistic abilities with his chosen team of Ocularists.Stephen continually refines the process of creating the most advanced artificial eyes available. Stephen is active in his field and participates in training new Ocularists. He is a Board Approved Diplomate Ocularist and Member of the American Society of Ocularists and actively participates in lecturing and attending meetings. He is internationally known for his exceptional work in creating the most natural artificial eyes.


William Magee, III, MD, DDS, earned his dental degree at the University of Maryland, then went on to obtain his medical degree at George Washington University.

His introduction to Los Angeles began in 2001 when he entered the combined Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program at the University of Southern California, where he has remained. After completing the six-year program, he focused his attention on craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles.


Sara abi kanaan is a Lebanese actress who has starred in several middle eastern series since the age of eleven and has won several prestigious awards, globally.

In addition to being an artist, Sara holds degrees in medical laboratories sciences and pharmacy and has volunteered with several NGOs, volunteering for many humanitarian entities. She is an advocate for COWF, spreading awareness about the needs of children’s health care and health education throughout the Mid East region, and giving a voice to families who have been displaced. Sara’s advocacy represents COWF’s vision and mission, to provide equal access to health care and health education for all children, regardless of race, religion or ability to pay.



Ilaha Eli Omar is an Afghan-born entrepreneur and global humanitarian. Despite having left Afghanistan at 40 days old, she remains closely tied to and in passionate pursuit of the country's multifaceted humanitarian needs and rebuilding efforts, especially within its rural parts.

In addition, Eli regularly visits impoverished countries, donating relief supplies, assessing on-the-ground realities and connecting with the most impoverished and disenfranchised. In addition to her homeland, she has led multiple donation drives for post-tsunami Sri Lanka; helped ship medical supplies to orphanages in Burundi; traveled to post-earthquake Haiti, having worked with children orphaned by the devastating earthquake, and addressed female hygiene and cholera safety within its internment camps. Through her global MBA program, Eli has become an integral leader with Project Artemis, a mentorship program counseling enterprising Afghan women to self-sufficiency, entrepreneurship and leadership within their own communities. Currently Eli is working on accelerating the impact of the Children of War Foundation and supporting the development of new programs, capacity building and expand initiatives more globally.


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