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CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT, COWF GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD FOR PROGRAMMING INITIATIVES AND GROWTH IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 ADAPTATION.  

CURRENTLY UNDER DEVELOPMENT, COWF GLOBAL ADVISORY BOARD FOR PROGRAMMING INITIATIVES AND GROWTH IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 ADAPTATION.  

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Amel Najjar
Founding Executive Director 

As the Executive Director and Founder of Children of War Foundation (COWF), Amel leads the organization's strategic priorities, with oversight to develop, innovate and drive implementation of the organization’s mission, goals and vision.  

In addition to heading COWF, Amel sits on several governing boards for international organizations, advises as well as consults on projects in the areas of social and international development in public and private sectors.  Amel is an advocate for Children's Hospital L.A. Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, advocating for current life altering research and innovative breakthroughs in neonatal and pediatric  surgery. She has also worked with, volunteered, mentored, partnered and affiliated COWF with NGO's, various private, public, academic & institutional entities, including; U.N.H.C.R. Jordan, Summit Fellows, Summit, U.N.I.C.E.F., Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Bernard Mevs Hospital Haiti, Project Medi Share, Shriners Hospital, Mayo Clinic, Operation Smile, International Health City Dubai, Airbel Impact Lab at the International Rescue Committee, Entity Academy, WomenOne, American Near East Refugee Aid, Caritas International, United Nations Women's for Peace Association, Sadaqa Women's Rights, Farah Medical Campus, Royal Medical Services of Jordan, Ronald McDonald House Charities, American Red Cross, among others.

Amel is an advocate for human rights concerns, including access to global development opportunities, children's welfare, secular education & inclusive empowerment initiatives.  Having traveled to nearly 100 countries, and over 15 years of front line experience, working with displaced and marginalized communities, Amel's interest and areas of knowledge also include: post conflict development, social and infrastructure development of emerging and developing markets, sustainable economic development in regions with growth potential, alternative investment solutions, micro & social finance initiatives, global resettlement, migration, and refugee population integration, as well as access to healthcare through collective partnerships & technology solutions.


Amel envisions a world without unnecessary suffering, where every person, regardless of race, religion, gender, residence or ability to pay, has access to health care, education and economic well being with the stroke of a finger. 

 

Amel’s studies include; 

M.B.A. University of Oxford, Said Business School

B.A. University of California San Diego, Political Science and International Relations & minor  Middle East Studies. 

The Aspen Institute Executive Leadership,  Oxford-Aspen Leadership Seminar

Women's Transforming Leadership Program at University of Oxford, Said Business School.

Accounting and Bookkeeping, University of California Los Angeles, UCLA Extension

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DR. COLIN BRADY

Dr. Colin Brady is board certified in General Surgery and Plastic Surgery.   Dr Brady is an attending 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.

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Dr. PAUL KOKOROWSKI
Dr. Paul Kokorowski first joined COWF’s surgical team in 2016 while on a relief mission in Haiti, where he provided complex surgical care to disadvantaged children. Dr. Kokorowski continues to travel for COWF on relief efforts and represents the organization as a healthcare educator, providing medical/surgical education to underrepresented healthcare professionals.
Currently, Dr. Kokorowski is an Attending Physician and Director of Robotic Surgery at Children’s Hospital LA Division of Pediatric Urology, with an academic appointment in Clinical Urology at Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is a native Californian who spent his childhood in the San Fernando Valley. After completing his Bachelors degree in Molecular & Cell Biology/ Immunology from the University of California, Berkeley, he attended the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.
Dr. Kokorowski stayed to complete a residency in Urology
through the LAC/USC program and rotated several times through Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He went on to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at Boston Children's Hospital. During fellowship, he also earned his MPH from
the Harvard School of Public Health. His research interests include the clinical effectiveness and health services.
At CHLA Dr. Kokorowski serves as the Director of Robotic
Surgery and the Co-Surgical Director of the Comprehensive CAH Program.
Dr. Kokorowski's research interests include the clinical
effectiveness and health services. Current work focuses on comparative effectiveness and cost- effectiveness, quality improvement and evaluation of outcomes.  Additional clinical interests include; Robotic/Minimally Invasive Surgery, Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Disorders of Sex Development, Congenital Obstruction/Obstructive Uropathy, Complex Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery, Undescended Testes, Hypospadias.
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DR. HENRI FORD 

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.

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DR. JEFFREY HAMMOUDEH

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.

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DR. WALEED GIBREEL

Dr. Waleed Gibreel, MBBS, Division of Plastic Surgery Rochester, Mayo Clinic was recently selected as a 2019 Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship Award recipient. Dr. Gibreel is board certified in general and plastic surgery, where he completed medical school and internship at the University of Khartoum, Sudan.  He completed his  residency in general and plastic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.  Dr. Gibreel is currently residing in  Los Angeles, where he joined Children of War Foundation as a medical director and to spend a year for additional fellowship training as well as research at USC's Keck School of Medicine CHLA.  Having grown up in Sudan and a passion for global health, Dr. Gibreel will help lead the organization's access to health and medical education alongside his colleagues at Mayo Clinic, University of Khartoum and the University of Southern California.

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NADIA NAFFA

Nadia leads COWF's Global Health outreach in Jordan, she 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 humanitarian aid work in addition to production consultancy in underrepresented regions and the mid  east, including 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.  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 S he 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 shares an Emmy Award with the Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Children of War Foundation on a short documentary, based on the inspiring journey of COWF’s first candidate, an Iraqi boy named Hashim.  Nadia leads COWF's team in Jordan along with local team members residing in the region.

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DR. SHAWANA VALI

London and Dubai 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 leads COWF's U.K. based board, driving core initiatives for the organization's medical missions and Global Health outreach.

 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.

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lina haddad 

Lina is licensed pharmacists, having spent 10 years working with NGO's to serve refugees as well as the greater community in Jordan. Line leads COWF's Health and Medical Education Advisory in Jordan. Lina leads project initiatives for COWF's clinical and digital health programming.  In addition to leading COWF's medical based programming, Lina is also currently working for the World Health Organization as a Project Implementation Writer in Amman leading initiatives for humanitarian relief in Yemen.  Contact Lina at Lina@cowf.org 

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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.

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DR. MARK URATA 

Dr. 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 palate.


DR. ANDY CHANG
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Dr. Chang has been involved with COWF since out first international surgical outreach in 2013.  He is Vice Chief, Division of Pediatric Urology, Attending Physician & Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC. 

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.

His clinical interest and research include, Bladder Hypertrophy/Pathophysiology, Cryptorchidism, Hypospadias, Minimally invasive surgery, Ureteropelvic Junction Obstructions, Robotic/Laparoscopic Pediatric Urologic Surgery, Vesicoureteral Reflux and Disorders of Sex Development including Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.

Dr. Chang has been involved with COWF since out first international surgical outreach in 2013.  He is Vice Chief, Division of Pediatric Urology, Attending Physician & Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC. 

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.

His clinical interest and research include, Bladder Hypertrophy/Pathophysiology, Cryptorchidism, Hypospadias, Minimally invasive surgery, Ureteropelvic Junction Obstructions, Robotic/Laparoscopic Pediatric Urologic Surgery, Vesicoureteral Reflux and Disorders of Sex Development including Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia.

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Dr. Wolfswinkel earned his Bachelor of Arts from University of California Los Angeles in Economics and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. During medical school, he pursued research interests in all areas of plastic surgery and did an additional integrated Research Year with Dr. Larry Hollier Jr. and the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently a resident in the Integrated Program of USC Division of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Wolfswinkel is a resident member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, and the American Cleft Palate –Craniofacial Association.  In addition to his craniofacial fellowship at Children's Hospital LA 2020/2021, Dr. Wolfswinkle is involved with our latest research and implementation of COWF's medical education programming through immersive and digitally driven technology.  

Dr. Wolfswinkel earned his Bachelor of Arts from University of California Los Angeles in Economics and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine. During medical school, he pursued research interests in all areas of plastic surgery and did an additional integrated Research Year with Dr. Larry Hollier Jr. and the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He is currently a resident in the Integrated Program of USC Division of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Wolfswinkel is a resident member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery, and the American Cleft Palate –Craniofacial Association.  In addition to his craniofacial fellowship at Children's Hospital LA 2020/2021, Dr. Wolfswinkle is involved with our latest research and implementation of COWF's medical education programming through immersive and digitally driven technology.  

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Christina Pascucci is an Emmy Award-nominated journalist, pilot, diver, and humanitarian. Her quest to fight for human rights has taken her from central America to Asia. She fell in love with COWF while on assignment in 2014, when she met a young Afghani girl who was receiving life-changing surgery after stepping on an IED.

Christina, who has spent the last five years at KTLA in Los Angeles, the number two market in the country, loves the heart and soul of people. Her vision is to continually effect positive change, particularly in human rights and environmental issues. She has dived with hundreds of sharks, including great whites, to expose the shark finning industry.  

She traveled to Palau, an island nation near the Philippines in late 2016 to sit down with President Remengesau and discuss how other countries can emulate what Palau is doing on the front lines of climate change. Her 2015 investigative reporting into the wasteful water-use policies of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power resulted in the agency changing its policy to potentially save millions of gallons of water.  

Christina Pascucci is an Emmy Award-nominated journalist, pilot, diver, and humanitarian. Her quest to fight for human rights has taken her from central America to Asia. She fell in love with COWF while on assignment in 2014, when she met a young Afghani girl who was receiving life-changing surgery after stepping on an IED.

Christina, who has spent the last five years at KTLA in Los Angeles, the number two market in the country, loves the heart and soul of people. Her vision is to continually effect positive change, particularly in human rights and environmental issues. She has dived with hundreds of sharks, including great whites, to expose the shark finning industry.  

She traveled to Palau, an island nation near the Philippines in late 2016 to sit down with President Remengesau and discuss how other countries can emulate what Palau is doing on the front lines of climate change. Her 2015 investigative reporting into the wasteful water-use policies of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power resulted in the agency changing its policy to potentially save millions of gallons of water.  

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Dr. Jerry Bitar is a general surgeon and Chief of General  Surgery at one of Haiti's top hospitals, Bernard Mevs Hospital.  Dr. Bitar has been involved in COWF's Haiti outreach since 2016.  Dr. Bitar continues to work on  building advanced surgical capacity in Porte-AU-Prince with COWF and our global health partnerships.   

Dr. Jerry Bitar is a general surgeon and Chief of General  Surgery at one of Haiti's top hospitals, Bernard Mevs Hospital.  Dr. Bitar has been involved in COWF's Haiti outreach since 2016.  Dr. Bitar continues to work on  building advanced surgical capacity in Porte-AU-Prince with COWF and our global health partnerships.   

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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. 

In addition to joining COWF's healthcare leadership team, 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. 

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DR. ZIAD DAHABREH

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 specializes 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. 

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DR. NASRI KHOURI

Dr. Nasri attended primary school in Amman, Jordan and secondary school in Lebanon. His pre-medical education took place in Surrey, England and he attended medical school in Birmingham, England, graduating in 1978.

Nasri then began his postgraduate training at the University of Toronto. He completed a straight surgical internship in 1978-79 at Toronto General Hospital (TGH), followed by neurosurgical training at UofT from 1979 to 1984. Nasri was certified in neurosurgery by the RCPS(C) in 1984, and then was the Botterell Fellow in Neurosurgery at TGH (1984-85). After a brief stint as an attending staff neurosurgeon at Sunnybrook Medical Centre (1985-86), Nasri returned home to Jordan, where he has been Director of Palestine Hospital located in Amman Jordan, founded by his father in 1960, and where he has mainly practiced. Throughout his career, Nasri has maintained strong professional and personal ties with Canada.

Nasri has held appointments at Yarmouk University Medical School in Jordan, Jordan University Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital in Nablus, Palestine and the Jordan University of Science and Technology. He has been chair of the Section of Neurosurgery at Al-Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan (2003-2006).

Nasri has been very active in organized neurosurgery and neurosurgical education and accreditation in the Middle East. Indeed the HCAC designation he has earned recognizes that Nasri is a Certified Hospital Surveyor, by the Health Care Accreditation Council of Jordan. Selected positions over his career include Coordinator of a CIDA funded cooperation project involving the Palestine Hospital and UofT, founder, committee member and medical subcommittee convenor for the Society for Care of Neurological Patients in Amman(1986-87 and 2010-13), and three terms on the Executive Committee of the Jordan Neuroscience Society. He has served several times on the neurosurgical subcommittee of the Jordan Medical Council, including as Vice Chairman (2012-2014), and was President of the Society of Jordanian Neurosurgeons (2010-2012). Nasri has represented Jordan at the Pan Arab Neurosurgical Society and the WFNS. He has played a leadership role on the Regional Health Committee in Limassol, Cyprus, and served on the governing boards of several schools and the Episcopal Church in Jordan. Nasri was the Founding Director of the ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Program in Jordan (2005).

Nasri has made numerous scholarly presentations throughout the Middle East on a wide range of topics, from health care organization to neuro-oncology, trauma, peripheral nerve, spinal and vascular neurosurgery.

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Dr. Jaber is Co-Director of COWF ENT Outreach in Jordan, is a Specialist ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon , Ear Nose and Throat, specialized in Adult Ear Nose and Throat, Pediatric Ear Nose and Throat, Adult Ear Nose and throat surgery, Pediatric Ear Nose and throat surgery, hearing and balance disorder.

Dr. Jaber is Co-Director of COWF ENT Outreach in Jordan, is a Specialist ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon , Ear Nose and Throat, specialized in Adult Ear Nose and Throat, Pediatric Ear Nose and Throat, Adult Ear Nose and throat surgery, Pediatric Ear Nose and throat surgery, hearing and balance disorder.

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Sara is Jordan based, COWF lead team member, heading COWF's remote and autonomous education programming.  As a licensed Pharmacist in Jordan and the United Kingdom, Sara Shasha'h embarked on her career as a trainee at Hampshire Hospitals in the UK, where she has managed to complete the licensing requirements to practice pharmacy in the

Kingdom. After obtaining further experience working as a licensed clinical pharmacist in the UK, in 2019, Sara decided to move back to Jordan, her home country, to complete her licensing and certification with the Jordanian Pharmacy Association.

Recently, Sara has been appointed as a Senior Consultant for Life Sciences at Ernst & Young; a multinational professional services firm.

On the humanitarian front, Sara has always had a passion for voluntary work, and has been an active participant in many charitable organizations in Jordan and the UK. Sara is now even more involved with local and international charities, including Children of War Foundation, utilizing her experience and knowledge in pharmacy, to support both, the doctors and patients within the foundation.

Sara holds a Master’s of Pharmacy Degree, with Honors, from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.

Sara is Jordan based, COWF lead team member, heading COWF's remote and autonomous education programming.  As a licensed Pharmacist in Jordan and the United Kingdom, Sara Shasha'h embarked on her career as a trainee at Hampshire Hospitals in the UK, where she has managed to complete the licensing requirements to practice pharmacy in the

Kingdom. After obtaining further experience working as a licensed clinical pharmacist in the UK, in 2019, Sara decided to move back to Jordan, her home country, to complete her licensing and certification with the Jordanian Pharmacy Association.

Recently, Sara has been appointed as a Senior Consultant for Life Sciences at Ernst & Young; a multinational professional services firm.

On the humanitarian front, Sara has always had a passion for voluntary work, and has been an active participant in many charitable organizations in Jordan and the UK. Sara is now even more involved with local and international charities, including Children of War Foundation, utilizing her experience and knowledge in pharmacy, to support both, the doctors and patients within the foundation.

Sara holds a Master’s of Pharmacy Degree, with Honors, from the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.

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DR. ANDREW ORDON

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.

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.

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Claudia NICOLOAU

Claudia has been involved with COWF since the organization'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.  Claudia is active in fundraising and outreach for COWF's Los Angeles base. 

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.

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DR. MO ENayat 

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 base in the United Kingdom, 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.

DR. HAIDAR FUQAHA

Dr. Haidar AlFuqaha is a Consultant Pediatric Orthopedic & Spine Surgeon with Jordanian Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Haidar is a fellow of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery (Canada), a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Ireland) and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Trauma and Orthopedics) (Ireland) and a Diploma in Orthopedic Engineering from Cardiff University (Wales). Dr. Haidar worked as a lecturer at the Dalhousie University (Canada) and now works in his own clinic Education includes, Bachelor of Medicine and University Of  Jordan, Jordan Fellowship - Orthopedic and Fracture Surgery, Royal College Of Surgeons In Ireland, United Kingdom Fellowship - Pediatric Orthopedics, Manchester University Hospital, United Kingdom +1More Specialties Orthopedic and Fracture Surgery Adult Orthopedics Adult Orthopedic Surgery +11 More Certification Jordanian Board Certificate - Orthopedic and Fracture Surgery , (JBOS) Professional Memberships Fellow Of Royal Collage Of Surgeon In Ireland FRCS

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RANIA KURDI

Rania has served as COWF's Mid East and U.K. Outreach Ambassador since 2013, where she initially joined our organization on our first surgical outreach mission.  Rania is known for her roles in t.v. shows, across the Mid East and Europe.   As a British Jordanian actress and artist, Rania is the first Jordanian to achieve pan-Arab success as a comedian, T.V. presenter and singer.   In addition to acting and her current work in t.v., Rania is a motivational speaker, and continues to advocate for Children of War Foundation. 

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Georgette Basil - Lebanon

Sian Jones - Portugal/Denmark

Ilaha Omar - U.S.A./Afghanistan

Janet Dotson - U.S.A.


Georgette Basil - Lebanon

Sian Jones - Portugal/Denmark

Ilaha Omar - U.S.A./Afghanistan

Janet Dotson - U.S.A.


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dR. OMAR ARNAOUT -Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School
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Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery, Harvard Medical School -Attending, Neurosurgery, Brigham And Women's Hospital

DR. E.J. CATERSON - Department of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

DR. E.J. CATERSON - Department of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children

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Dr. Alexis Johns, Psychologist

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Dr. Alexis Johns, Psychologist

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Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

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JENNY BITAR - CEO at Bernard Mevs Hospital Haiti 

JENNY BITAR - CEO at Bernard Mevs Hospital Haiti 

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DR. AHMAD HANI-BANI - General Urology, Pediatric Urology at Jefferson Health-Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Nemours Children's Hospital 

DR. AHMAD HANI-BANI - General Urology, Pediatric Urology at Jefferson Health-Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Nemours Children's Hospital 

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DR. Sanad Kilani - Deputy CEO - Clinical Affairs of Farah Medical Campus Jordan 

DR. Sanad Kilani - Deputy CEO - Clinical Affairs of Farah Medical Campus Jordan 

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Dr. Khalid Shammas, Medical Director at Italian Hospital, Amman Jordan

Dr. Khalid Shammas, Medical Director at Italian Hospital, Amman Jordan

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Dr. Lara Jaradat, U.S. and Jordanian based. Board Certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry,  President of the Delaware Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.Less

Dr. Lara Jaradat, U.S. and Jordanian based. Board Certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry,  President of the Delaware Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Azzam Ibrahim, General Manager at Arab Medical Center, Jordan.

Azzam Ibrahim, General Manager at Arab Medical Center, Jordan.

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Dr. Saeb Hammoudi, Pediatric Surgeon, Jordan Hospital in Amman. 

Dr. Saeb Hammoudi, Pediatric Surgeon, Jordan Hospital in Amman. 

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Additional core team coming soon. 

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"BOOTS ON THE GROUND" 
 MID EAST REGION /AFRICAN CONTINENT

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AVOKADER

Avokader is one of COWF's social and field experts, as well as the point of contact for Yemeni refugees in Yemen, Jordan and across the region.  His role also includes registering COWF candidates with UNHCR and other official authorities with mandates to displaced individuals and families.

Refer a child, contact Avokader via whatsapp or directly calling at +962 7 9267 5004 

email at info@cowf.org 


Mo is COWF's point of contact for COWF candidates in Jordan and across the region.  Mo also oversees COWF relief efforts at several formal and informal camp sites, along the Syrian border, as well as urban areas where COWF provides education and infrastructure support services.

Refer a child, contact Mo via whatsapp or directly calling at +962 7 9268 0043

email at info@cowf.org 

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SAMI NASRI

Sami facilitates with COWF's clinical assessment and triage for local and international surgical missions in preparation of case load management for surgical intervention and medical education programming.    Contact sami@cowf.org or info@cowf.org 


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COWF Ambassador 

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.

Info@cowf.org 

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Charbel Badih, Dubai based Story Teller & Photographer

 "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


OUTREACH VOLUNTEERS

TAMARA MEIRIE - JORDAN OUTREACH

RAMEZ QUPTI - INSTITUTIONAL OUTREACH

ILAHA OMAR - AFGHAN OUTREACH  


Learn more about our healthcare providers in your region or for information on how to join our Global Health Network contact us at team@cowf.org 

DR. JOHN REINISCH

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

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.

DR. RICK A. FRIEDMAN

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.

DR. ANDREW BULCZYNSKI

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

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.

DR. WILLIAM MAGEE

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.

We're always recruiting volunteer interns, contact us for additional info.

To reach additional Medical Advisory members contact team@cowf.org

Mental Health Advisory

Advisory Committee & Officers

Production

JUSTIN SHAFFER, CPA, CFA
COWF Accounting

Ambassadors

Legal Advisory

High school & University COWF CLUB Chapters


REACH OUT TO ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS IN;

Social Media, Media, Mental Health Therapy, Education, Resettlement via UNHCR registration, Candidate referrals,

Public Health and Prevention,

Interns

Pediatric Dentistry

For specific information or details from members of our greater Global Health Outreach Team, contact us at info@cowf.org

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