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FOUNDING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As the Executive Director and Founder of Children of War Foundation, Amel leads the organization's s...More

As the Executive Director and Founder of Children of War Foundation, 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, 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 Hub at the International Rescue Committee, Entity Academy, WomenOne,  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 through connectivity and more networked world. 

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 h...More

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. HENRI FORD 
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DR. HENRI FORD 

Henri R. Ford, M.D., is the Dean of University of Miami Leonard m. Miller school of Medicine. Dr. Ford is a Haitian-born Pediatric Surgeon who maintai...More

Henri R. Ford, M.D., is the Dean of 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 Cospital 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. PAUL KOKOROWSKI
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DR. PAUL KOKOROWSKI

Director of Robotic Surgery & Co-Surgical Director of the CAH Comprehensive Care Clinic; Attending Physician Professor of Clinical Urology, Keck Schoo...More

Director of Robotic Surgery & Co-Surgical Director of the CAH Comprehensive Care Clinic; Attending Physician Professor of Clinical Urology, Keck School of Medicine of USC. 

Dr. Paul Kokorowski is an Assistant Professor of Urology working in the Division of Pediatric Urology at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. 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. 

Clinical interests: 

Robotic/minimally invasive surgery, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, disorders of sex development, congenital obstruction/obstructive uropathy, complex genitourinary reconstructive surgery, undescended testes, hypospadias  

Education: 

Medical School: 

University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine 

Internship: 

Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, General Surgery Internship 

Residency: 

Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, Urology Residency 

Fellowship: 

Children's Hospital Boston, Pediatric Urology

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DR. MARK URATA
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DR. MARK URATA

Dr. Mark m. Urata is the Audrey Skirball-Tenis Chair and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Keck school of Medicine of...More

Dr. Mark m. Urata is the Audrey Skirball-Tenis 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.

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DR. JEFFREY HAMMOUDEHLess
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DR. JEFFREY HAMMOUDEHLess

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 Su...More

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. OSAMA HAMARNEH
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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 Su...More

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.  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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hanifa mezoul ph.d.
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A.I.C.E.S.I.S. Permanent Representative To The United Nations . Hanifa Mezoui, Phd, Has Enjoyed A Distinguished Career With The United Nations For The...More

A.I.C.E.S.I.S. Permanent Representative To The United Nations . Hanifa Mezoui, Phd, Has Enjoyed A Distinguished Career With The United Nations For The Past 30 Years. She Served In A Strategic Leadership Capacity With Several Un Entities. In The Last Ten Of Those Years, She Has Been Chief Of The NGO Section Of The Department Of Economic And Social Affairs (DESA) Where She Has Established An Impressive Record Of Accomplishments. The Informal Regional NGO Network (UN-NGO-Irene) Was Developed Under Her Guidance As A Critical Channel For Communicating Key Themes And Programs Between The Un And The NGO community, Including Marginalized Groups In Developing Countries.

Since 1 Mars 2009, To Date, She Has Been Designated As The Permanent Representative To The United Nations And Ecosoc Of The “international Association Of The Economic And Social Councils And Similar Institutions” (Aicesis), Igo In Observer Status With Ecosoc.

Ms. Mezoui Promotes The Un Development Agenda And Liaises With The Economic And Social Council Of The United Nations, (Ecosoc) And Encourages Ngos To Contribute To Un Interactive Dialogues And Thematic Debates For The 2030 Un Agenda And Promote The “sdg Acceleration Action”. She Monitors And Liaises With Other Relevant Un Entities, Ga, Unog, Unctad, Unitar And Un Departments, As Well As With Other International Organizations, Un Agencies, Funds And Programmes, Governments, Igos, Aicesis And Non-governmental Organizations.

 Ms. Mezoui Taught At The Sciences Po Institute, Paris, France A Course Titled “the United Nations: From Theory To Practice” And Is A Liaison For The Institute For Their Internship Programme. She Lectures At “the Centre D’etudes Diplomatiques Et Strategiques” (Cdes), On The Un Global Development Agenda, Focusing On The Sustainable Development Goals And Ecosoc. She Is A Member Of The Convention Of The Independent Financial Advisors (Cifa) And Of The Technical Advisory Committee Of The “zayed International Prize For The Environment”, Dubai, Uae.

From 15 January 2010 To January 2011, She Was An Associate Fellow At Unitar Specializing On Mdg Training And Teaching And Has Been For Several Years The Secretary General Of The “association Culturelle Française” Of The United Nations.

 From September 2011 To September 2012 She Joined The Office Of The President Of The Sixty Six General Assembly As The Special Coordinator For The Third Committee And Civil Society.

From 2013 To 2018, She Was A Senior Advisor To The Un High Representative Of The Alliance Of Civilizations, H.e. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-nasser In Charge Of Humanitarian Affairs And Civil Society. Ms Mezoui Engaged The Alliance Of Civilizations As A Platform On Which The International Community Could Build Greater Understanding And Communication To Stem The Tide Of Intolerance And Misunderstanding.

Ms. Hanifa Mezoui Holds A Doctorate In French Linguistics, An Ma In French Literature, An Ma In Applied Linguistics And An Ma In Business Administration From The University Of Aix-en-provence, France.

 These Are Some Of The Numerous Awards Of Ms. Mezoui:

Un-21, Republic Of Italy-pio Manzu, All India Education Fund Association- Scroll Of Honor, The Women Organization Union Of The Republic Of Sakha (Yakutia), Minister Of Justice Algeria, Un-ong-irene Association, Association Telecommunication Academy, World Federation Of United Nations Associations, Women Together Award, Africa Vision Award.

Presently, She Remains The Permanent Representative Of AICESIS To The United Nations. She Also Serves As A Senior Civil Society Adviser To Several IGO's And NGOs Groups Associated with The United Nations through ECOSOC.

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DR. BONNIE PADWA 
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DR. BONNIE PADWA 

Dr. Padwa is Oral Surgeon-in-Chief,  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Associate professor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bonnie Padwa was born in New...More

Dr. Padwa is Oral Surgeon-in-Chief,  Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Associate professor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bonnie Padwa was born in New York City and grew up in Buffalo, N.Y. She completed her undergraduate education at Emory University and received her dental degree from Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1988 and her Medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1990. After completing residency training in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, she completed a Fellowship in Craniofacial Surgery at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Padwa is board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery and is an Associate Professor at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Harvard Medical School. She practices at Children’s Hospital Boston, where she is oral surgeon-in-chief and an active member of the craniofacial and cleft teams. 

Dr. Padwa served for six years on the american board of oral and maxillofacial surgery as section co-chair. She is the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program Director in the Longwood Medical area. She is an editorial reviewer for 10 journals and has published more than 70 papers, has authored textbooks, and has lectured worldwide.

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Dr. Waleed Gibreel, Faculty and Division of Plastic Surgery Rochester Mayo Clinic. Dr. Gibreel was recently selected as a 2019 Mayo Brothers Distingu...More

Dr. Waleed Gibreel, Faculty and Division of Plastic Surgery Rochester Mayo Clinic. Dr. Gibreel was recently selected as a 2019 Mayo Brothers Distinguished Fellowship award recipient. Dr. Gibreel is board certified in general and plastic surgery, as well as recently completing specialized fellowship training in pediatric craniofacial surgery, in addition to completing 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. Having grown up in Sudan and a passion for global health, Dr. Gibreel lead's the organization's program development in expanding 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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Yosem Companys PH.d.
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Yosem Companys PH.d.

Yosem Companys has worked continuously in Silicon Valley for over 20 years and brings a deep understanding in AI and Tech to COWF as the organization ...More

Yosem Companys has worked continuously in Silicon Valley for over 20 years and brings a deep understanding in AI and Tech to COWF as the organization continues to evolve incorporating more advanced and digitally driven services to deliver access to education.  Yosem holds a Bachelor's degree from Yale, a Master's degree from Harvard, and a Ph.D. In Engineering from Stanford. At the Stanford Technology Ventures program, Yosem helped pioneer elements of what has become the lean startup model of high-technology entrepreneurship. With renowned venture investors and serial entrepreneurs, Yosem taught, coached, and mentored many entrepreneurs. 

With Stanford Professor Terry Winograd — a pioneer of artificial intelligence and a father of computer-human interaction — and other Stanford professors, Yosem Co-founded Liberation Technology, now one of the world's largest cybersecurity communities. 

Yosem also helped launch diaspora, a private, secure, and distributed social-network that to take on facebook raised the largest kickstarter crowdfunding round ever (with Mark Zuckerberg as a donor). Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jim Dwyer featured Yosem’s work in the book more awesome than money. 

Under the auspices of internet co-inventor Vint Cerf, Yosem worked as a subject-matter expert with the research and development corporation (rand) to draft the recommendations adopted by the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (fema) to rebuild puerto rico’s technical infrastructure post-hurricane María. 

At the AI  Fund Venture Studio, Yosem helped Google brain and Coursera Co-founder Andrew Ng build AI startups from the ground up. 

Yosem is also co-founder of techlantis, one of the few minority-owned, high-tech companies in silicon valley. Techlantis is a product-development shop specialized in artificial intelligence and cyber-security that custom-builds technical teams of Stanford phd "Superheroes," innovators from the department of defense and the intelligence community, and the world’s best international talent to develop affordable, game-changing products. 

Before tech, Yosem worked in brand management, marketing, advertising, and public relations at procter and gamble, and in investment banking and corporate finance at bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. 

Yosem’s doctoral research at Stanford pioneered applications in machine learning and data mining that garnered the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense.

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hamdi tabaa
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hamdi tabaa

Co-founder & CEO of COWF's Global Education Coalition strategic partner edtech startup Abwaab.  Abwaab is MENA's leading remote education platform, ch...More

Co-founder & CEO of COWF's Global Education Coalition strategic partner edtech startup Abwaab.  Abwaab is MENA's leading remote education platform, changing the way Arabic speaking students learn outside the classroom, one step at a time. COWF recently partnered with Abwaab to offer the only accredited remote education in jordan to students at COWF's school of dreams.

Experienced in starting up businesses with a demonstrated history of working in the internet industry. Launched and scaled Uber in Jordan. Managed and grew Uber in the Levant, Qatar, and worked on expanding Uber into Mena, previously introduced the concept of organized retail to jordan through Dukkan before selling the company. 

Driven by value creation and skilled in operations, negotiation, business planning, analytical skills, strategy, team & cross functional management, and entrepreneurship. Solid track record in starting up businesses and managing as they scale. Built strong experience in public policy negotiations that led to progressive ride-sharing regulations. Actively supporting innovation, technology and entrepreneurship. 

Educated in London with a Masters of science focused in real estate economics & finance from the London School of economics and political science (LSE), after graduating with distinction from King’s College London with a Bsc in business management. 

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DR. EUGENE KIM 
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DR. EUGENE KIM 

Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Clinical Scholar, Keck School of Medicine of USC.  Associate Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Progr...More

Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Clinical Scholar, Keck School of Medicine of USC.  Associate Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program

Attending Physician. 

Dr. Kim received his undergraduate degree in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard University and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency in general surgery at Columbia University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he served as the Administrative Chief Resident. During this time, he completed a two year research fellowship in Tumor Biology under the mentorship of Dr. Jessica Kandel and Dr. Darrell Yamashiro. He also completed an ECMO fellowship under the training of Dr. Charles Stolar. Dr. Kim subsequently completed a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Kim served as an Attending Pediatric Surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, for nine years, where he developed expertise in pediatric surgical oncology and the surgical management of complex solid tumors, the surgical repair of chest wall deformities (pectus excavatum), and anorectal malformations. Dr. Kim balances his clinical practice with a basic science research laboratory that is focused on novel treatments for the aggressive childhood cancer neuroblastoma.


Dr. Kim is currently the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program.


Clinical Interests

Pediatric Surgical Oncology, Solid Tumors, Surgical Repair of Chest Wall Deformities (Pectus Excavatum and Pectus Carinatum), Anorectal Malformations, Esophageal Disorders


Education

Medical School: 

Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons


Internship: 

Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY


Residency: 

Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY


Fellowship: 

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH


Accomplishments

Certification: 

American Board of Surgery, General Surgery; American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery


Professional Memberships: 

Fellow, American College of Surgeons


Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Surgery


Member, American Pediatric Surgical Association


Member, Children’s Oncology Group


Member, American Association for Cancer Research


Member, Advances in Neuroblastoma Research Association


Member, Society of University Surgeons


Member, Association for Academic Surgery


Awards: 

2019 Finalist Nominee, Medical Category, Morris and Mary Press Humanism Award, Children's Hospital Los Angeles


2017 Recipient of the Association for Academic Surgery and Taiwan Surgical Association International Visiting Professorship


2013 Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award for Development of Enduring Educational Materials, Baylor College of Medicine


2012 Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching and Evaluation, Baylor College of Medicine


2010 Childhood Cancer Research Grant Recipient, St. Baldrick’s Foundation


2009 Recipient of the Hankamer Foundation Grant, Baylor College of Medicine


2008 Young Investigator Award, Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation


2003 Blakemore Prize for Research, Columbia University Medical Center, Department of Surgery


Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors


Pasadena Magazine Top Doctors


Best Doctors in America, Pediatric Surgery, 2011-present


U.S. News and World Report Top Doctors in Pediatric Surgery


Other Information

Specialty Interest: 

Pediatric Surgical Oncology, Neuroblastoma research

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DR. ALEXANDER CHRIST
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DR. ALEXANDER CHRIST

Attending Physcian, Orthopaedic Oncologist, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC.  Dr. Alexander B. Christ speci...More

Attending Physcian, Orthopaedic Oncologist, Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC.  Dr. Alexander B. Christ specializes in the treatment of both benign and malignant tumors and related conditions of the musculoskeletal system. He has a special interest in limb salvage and reconstructive techniques following treatment of bone tumors.


Dr. Christ graduated from Yale University in New Haven, CT, with a BS in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry, where he also pitched for the varsity baseball team. He then earned his medical degree from the University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Dr. Christ then completed orthopaedic surgery residency at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, the top-ranked orthopaedic residency program in the country. Following residency, he completed two years of additional subspecialty fellowship training in Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement at Hospital for Special Surgery and in Musculoskeletal Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


His philosophy is first to help patients understand their disease and treatment options. Dr. Christ prioritizes each individual patient’s goals and needs in order to develop an effective multidisciplinary treatment plan that gives patients the best outcome possible. When surgery is required, he strives to maximize function and mobility while accomplishing the primary goal of curing the cancer. 


Dr. Christ is passionate about scientific research that can improve the lives of patients with musculoskeletal tumors, and he has published on a wide variety of related subjects in peer reviewed journals. Specifically, he is interested in sarcoma genetics, drug delivery, and advanced reconstructive techniques after tumor removal.


Clinical Interests

Bone sarcoma 

Bone metastases


Education

Medical School: 

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine


Residency: 

Hospital For Special Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery


Fellowship: 

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Musculoskeletal Oncology


Accomplishments

Certification: 

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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DR. KHALDOUN HADDADIN
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DR. KHALDOUN HADDADIN

Retired Military Major General Dr. Khaldoun Haddadin, BSC., MB CHB, FRCS graduated from St. Andrews (BSC 1982) and Manchester University (mb chb 1985)...More

Retired Military Major General 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. ANDY CHANG
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DR. ANDY CHANG

Vice Chief, Division of Pediatric Urology, attending physician & assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Dr. Chang h...More

Vice Chief, Division of Pediatric Urology, attending physician & assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Dr. Chang has been involved with COWF since out first international surgical outreach in 2013.

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. Omar Arnaout is Co-Director, Computational Neuroscience Outcomes Center (CNOC) Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School Neurosu...More

Dr. Omar Arnaout is Co-Director, Computational Neuroscience Outcomes Center (CNOC) Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School Neurosurgery. Dr. Arnaout joined COWF's medical & surgical education efforts in May 2019.

Dr. Arnaout has a particular interest and subspecialized training in treating patients with brain tumors, including those with glioma, metastatic disease and skull base tumors including meningiomas, acoustic neuromas, glomus jugulare tumors and pituitary disease. In addition to traditional surgical approaches, he specializes in minimally invasive brain surgery including endoscopic surgery. To him, the field of neurosurgery is not about the procedures but rather the long-term relationships he builds with his patients. Good outcomes are tied closely to having strong therapeutic relationships. As a result, he often sees patients more than once prior to discussing surgery and then regularly in the post-operative period. For the patients he sees that do not need surgery, it is still crucial to him to have a close relationship so that he can help guide them to the outcome they are looking for. 


The most satisfying parts of dr. Arnaout’s work can be broken down into three things: first and foremost, the patient interaction and relationship; that is the driving force for everything he does. Second, the technical aspects of surgery which can be demanding and unforgiving, but also very rewarding especially when a challenging operation results in excellent patient outcome. Third, his research in applying artificial intelligence to neurosurgical patients will hopefully help better anticipate problems, understand patient outcomes and improve the quality of care. Once he decided to pursue a career in medicine, neurosurgery was an obvious choice. To him, the human brain is the most fascinating and complex organ on earth and really is nature’s crown jewel. Disorders of the brain are unique in that they have the ability to rob us of core attributes that make us individuals such as our personalities, memories and decision-making ability. As a result, neurological disorders can significantly reduce not only the duration of a patient’s life but also its quality. Neurosurgeons are privileged with the task of treating such diseases, many of which are even curable. No other specialty in medicine is as demanding, but as gratifying, as neurosurgery.

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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 ...More

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.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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Sara is Jordan based, and heads COWF's remote global health & education programming. As a licensed pharmacist in Jordan and the united kingd...More

Sara is Jordan based, and heads COWF's remote global health & education programming. As a licensed pharmacist in Jordan and the united kingdom, Sara embarked on her career as a trainee at Hampshire Hospitals in the U.K., 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.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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E.J. Caterson, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery at Nemour's Children's Hospital. Dr. Caterson joined COWF's Global He...More

E.J. Caterson, MD, PhD, Department of Surgery Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery at Nemour's Children's Hospital. Dr. Caterson joined COWF's Global Health Coalition in February 2020. Dr. Caterson has specific expertise and interest in reconstructive plastic surgery, cleft care, craniofacial surgery, and microsurgery. He is a native of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and earned his medical degree at Jefferson Medical College and his phd in cell and tissue engineering at Thomas Jefferson University in conjunction with drexel university and the national institutes of health.

Dr. Caterson was the first graduate of the Jefferson phd program in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He then completed a combined residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Harvard/Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Boston. He served a fellowship in craniofacial surgery at New York University, Langone Medical Center - Bellevue, Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Caterson is board-certified in plastic surgery. 

Before joining Nemours, Dr. Caterson was assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Sedical school, and Director of Craniofacial Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has been involved in research projects that have garnered more than $2 million in funded support. 

Dr. Caterson is a reviewer for a number of journals and is the associate editor for the journal of craniofacial surgery. He is a member of professional societies including: American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, and American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation. 

Dr. Caterson is active in Operation Smile and other humanitarian surgical efforts. He is also an active member of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (IMSURT) team, the U.S. Government Medical and Surgical response team for international disaster response. 

“it has been our goal for the division to grow and encompass the full scope of pediatric plastic surgery, which includes an expansion of the team,” said Stephen P. Dunn, MD, Chair, Department of surgery, Nemours Dupont Hospital for Children. “with dr. Caterson’s leadership, we will extend our ability to serve as an intersection for collaborative care with other surgical services both here in the Delaware valley and beyond. We look forward to increasing our global Surgery/Humanitarian Missions that are consistent with the core principals of Nemours.” 

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Dr. Magee has been a COWF advocate and mentor to the organization's leadership since 2010. He has facilitated collaborative efforts for operation smil...More

Dr. Magee has been a COWF advocate and mentor to the organization's leadership since 2010. He has facilitated collaborative efforts for operation smile and COWF to provide care to children with severe facial deformities.

Since he was 13, he has assisted operation smile teams all over the world in various roles. Dr. Magee 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. 

William Magee, MD, DDS, FACS, 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.

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Dr. Sanchez is the Director of the Clinical Genetics Program in the department of pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical center. He is a native to Califor...More

Dr. Sanchez is the Director of the Clinical Genetics Program in the department of pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai Medical center. He is a native to California and a parent of three children of which the youngest has severe hemophilia a. Dr. Sanchez had dedicated his career as a Pediatrician and Geneticist to the diagnosis of rare genetic disorders in hope that every family will be connected to a community that can provide hope for a treatment and cure. It was a pure coincidence that his family was blessed with a beautiful son with severe hemophilia a. Dr. Sanchez has since become actively involved in the hemophilia community and is currently on the board of the hemophilia foundation of Southern California. He brings a unique perspective of new potential gene therapies as a parent, provider, advocate and genetic researcher.

El Dr. Sánchez es el director del programa de genética clínica en el departamento de pediatría del cedars-sinai medical center. Es de california y padre de tres hijos de los cuales el más joven tiene hemofilia a severa. El dr. Sánchez ha dedicado su carrera como pediatra y genetista al diagnóstico de trastornos genéticos raros con la esperanza de que cada familia se conectaba a una comunidad que puede proporcionar esperanza para un tratamiento y curación. Fue una pura coincidencia que su familia fuera bendecida con un hermoso hijo con hemofilia a severa. Desde entonces, el dr. Sanchez ha participado activamente en la comunidad de hemofilia y actualmente está en la junta directiva de la fundación de hemofilia del sur de california. Aporta una perspectiva única de nuevas terapias genéticas potenciales como padre, proveedor, defensor e investigador genético.

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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 Centr...More

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 Afghan 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
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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 ...More

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. Cho has been treating COWF & Shriners hospital long term international surgical and rehabilitation candidates since 2014. Robert h. Cho, m.D., is ...More

Dr. Cho has been treating COWF & Shriners hospital long term international surgical and rehabilitation candidates since 2014. Robert h. Cho, m.D., is the chief of staff and a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at shriners for children medical center — pasadena and is board certified by the american board of orthopaedic surgery. He received an undergraduate degree with honors in chemistry from cornell university and a medical degree from drexel university college of medicine in philadelphia, where he was a medical scholar and recipient of the department of orthopaedic surgery award. Dr. Cho completed his residency and served as chief administrative resident in orthopaedic surgery at drexel university college of medicine. His fellowship in pediatric orthopaedic surgery and scoliosis was completed at the university of california san diego college of medicine and rady children’s hospital.

Areas of special interest to dr. Cho include scoliosis, spinal deformity surgery, limb deformity and pediatric orthopaedic trauma. 

Dr. Cho is on the board of directors for the pediatric orthopaedic society of north america. He is also a member of the american academy of orthopaedic surgeons, ao spine, scoliosis research society and korean american spine society. 

Credentials: 

Medical degree, drexel university college of medicine, penn. 

Residency, orthopaedic surgery, drexel university college of medicine 

Fellowship, pediatric orthopaedic surgery and scoliosis, university of california san diego college of medicine and rady children’s hospital

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Dr. Bani-Hani is an Attending Physcian at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital . Dr. Bani-Hani tra...More

Dr. Bani-Hani is an Attending Physcian at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital . Dr. Bani-Hani trained and completed Residency at Mayo Clinic from 2001-2006, and went on to complete a Fellowship

Pediatric Urology, Indiana University Riley Hospital for Children. He is also uniquely boarded in the U.S. and Jordan, having completed Medical School at Jordan University of Science and Technology, 

Dr. Bani-Hani's Research and Clinical interests include, Robotic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Urologic Surgery, Neurogenic Bladder Urinary Reconstruction.

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Dr. Khalid Shammas is the Medical Director at Jordan's first hospital, the Italian hospital Amman, established through the efforts of the Vatican and ...More

Dr. Khalid Shammas is the Medical Director at Jordan's first hospital, the Italian hospital Amman, established through the efforts of the Vatican and missionary groups nearly a century ago.  The Italian Hospital Amman has been a COWF Global Health Coalition partner since 2016, offering triage services and surgical care through international and local outreach efforts.

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Dr. Saeb Hammoudi is a Pediatric Surgeon Consultant at Jordan Hospital, Amman. He was Registered as a Senior of Pediatric Surgery in John Radcliff Hos...More

Dr. Saeb Hammoudi is a Pediatric Surgeon Consultant at Jordan Hospital, Amman. He was Registered as a Senior of Pediatric Surgery in John Radcliff Hospital - Oxford, UK.During his career Dr. Saeb worked in different medical center in UK and Saudi Arabia Such as Royal Portsmouth Hospital - Birmingham Children Hospital Prince Charles Hospital, UK and Dhahran Medical Centre, ARAMCO.Dr. Saeb has lots of Research and Publications in Status of liver transplantation in the Arab World and he is a member of Pan Arab Liver Transplant Society.The main treatment which Dr Saeb interested in of pediatric surgery are: pediatric Gastrointestinal surgery, Urological system surgery and Respiratory system surgery Education Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery , Alexandria University, Egypt Fellowship - Pediatric Surgery, Edinburgh University, United Kingdom Specialties Pediatric Surgery Pediatric Urology Surgery Pediatric Gastroenterological Surgery Circumcision Less Certification British Board Certificate - Pediatric General Surgery , (FRCS) Awards & Publications Publication - Liver Transplant - International Liver Transplant Society, Brazil. Publication - Transverse Testicular Ectopia , Journal of Pediatric Surgery. Spoken Languages Arabic English Health conditions and Symptoms Congenital Gastrointestinal Malformations Congenital Esophagus Malformations Congenital Urological Malformations Congenital Anomalies of Kidneys.

Read more: https://tebcan.com/en/Jordan/dr/doctor-saeb-hammoudi-pediatric-surgery_16

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

Dr. Ziad Dahabreh MB BS MSc FRCS (Tr & Orth) Consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery, Hip and knee reconstruction & knee sports injuries specialist.  Dr. Dahabreh co-heads COWF's Orthopeadic clinic and triage in the Mid East region.

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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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-win...More

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 NICOULAOU

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...More

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 sons are legal advisors and consultants for COWF.

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Dr. Nasri is specialized Neurosurgeon based in Jordan and Canada. attended primary school in Amman, jordan and secondary school in Lebanon. His pre-me...More

Dr. Nasri is specialized Neurosurgeon based in Jordan and Canada. 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 UOT 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 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). 

Dr. 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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Medical Director, CEO Senior Pediatric and Congenital Surgeon, Founder of Novick Cardiac Alliance. The Novick Cardiac Alliance partnered wit...More

Medical Director, CEO Senior Pediatric and Congenital Surgeon, Founder of Novick Cardiac Alliance. The Novick Cardiac Alliance partnered with COWF in 2020 expand and build on NCA's surgical and medical education in cardiac care.  Dr Novick is a graduate of University of Alabama School of Medicine and completed his General Surgical Residency at the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania before entering the Cardiothoracic Residency at the University of Alabama in Birmingham

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DR. EVA WILLIAMS
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DR. EVA WILLIAMS

Pg-y 2 Plastic Surgery resident at University of Southern California.  Dr. William completed Medial School at the University of  Miami Miller School o...More

Pg-y 2 Plastic Surgery resident at University of Southern California.  Dr. William completed Medial School at the University of  Miami Miller School of Medicine. Currently, Dr. Williams leads LA based COWF Global Health Coalition Resident Interest group, participating in research and remote surgical training through academic partnerships.  Dr. Williams is the leading plastic surgery resident conducting research and participating in COWF's latest remote resident education in partnership with VUZIX Co. 

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COWF International Fellow and Observer 2020/2021

Dr. Shweiyat is a Pediatric Intensivist at Queen Rania Al Abdullah for Children Hospital & Royal Medic...More

COWF International Fellow and Observer 2020/2021

Dr. Shweiyat is a Pediatric Intensivist at Queen Rania Al Abdullah for Children Hospital & Royal Medical Services.  He is spending a year under the sponsorship of COWF at Children's Hospital LA, for an international clinician to observe the clinical practices of various pediatric specialties under the guidance of physician mentors. The aim of the International Observership Program is to introduce international clinicians to how patient care is delivered in the United States, how the latest medical technology are being used to provide care and treatment, and how the different disciplines interact to provide quality care to patients. In addition, the observer will be exposed to the academic (research and teaching) programs of the Division.

To participate in CHLA’s International Observership Program, the observer is responsible for following the guidelines which have been developed with COWF and the partnering teaching institution to establish a valuable and effective observership experience for the observer.


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Dr. Haidar Alfuqaha is a Consultant Pediatric Crthopedic & Spine Surgeon with Jordanian Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Dr. Haidar is a fellow of pediatr...More

Dr. Haidar Alfuqaha is a Consultant Pediatric Crthopedic & 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) memberships fellow of Royal College of Surgeon in Ireland FRCS.

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georgette bassil

Dubai and Beirut based, Georgette is the brand Director for the Middle East, North Africa, and Ind...More

Dubai and Beirut based, Georgette is the brand Director for the Middle East, North Africa, and India for Chloe, with almost 15 years of experience in global and luxury brand markets. Prior to joining Chloe in Dubai, she worked with luxury brand Ellie Saab's as international wholesale director. More recently, georgette has dedicated more time to social causes including COWF's mission. She has a passion for sustainable fashion and empowerment opportunities to marginalized communities and children. Georgette brings new perspective and ideas to COWF's mission where she advises on current programs and heads project based initiatives encompassing art and sustainable fashion for good. Georgette holds a double masters in management and international management from Noema Business School, ESA Business Bchool and a BA in Economics from American University of Beirut.  

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Dr. Wolfswinkel earned his Bachelor of Arts from University of California Los Angeles in economics a...More

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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RANIA KURDI

Rania has served as COWF's Mid East and U.K. Outreach ambassador since 2013, where she initially joi...More

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 TV., Rania is a motivational speaker, and continues to advocate for Children of War Foundation. 

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Adriana Savadjan, bsn
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Adriana Savadjan, bsn

Adriana is Los Angeles based, having joined COWF on several surgical and medical education outreach ...More

Adriana is Los Angeles based, having joined COWF on several surgical and medical education outreach trips. Adrianna has over 25 years of nursing and operating theater management in large hospital setting as well as rural healthcare facility. 

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urs von franque

A German native, Urs has traveled with COWF on several surgical outreach missions. Urs is surgical ...More

A German native, Urs has traveled with COWF on several surgical outreach missions. Urs is surgical technician with nearly 20 years of operating theater experience. Urs is based in Sacremento. 

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sir david adjaye

Sir David Adjaye OBE is an award winning Ghanaian-British architect known to infuse his artistic sensibilities and ethos for community-drive...More

Sir David Adjaye OBE is an award winning Ghanaian-British architect known to infuse his artistic sensibilities and ethos for community-driven projects. His ingenious use of materials, bespoke designs and visionary sensibilities have set him apart as one of the leading architects of his generation. In 2000, David founded his own practice, Adjaye associates, which today operates globally, with studios in Accra, London, and new york taking on projects that span the globe. The firm’s work ranges from private houses, bespoke furniture collections, product design, exhibitions, and temporary pavilions to major arts centers, civic buildings, and master plans. His largest project to date, the national museum of African american history & culture in Washington, dc opened on the national mall in Washington dc in 2016 and was named cultural event of the year by the New York times. In 2017, Adjaye was knighted by Queen Elizabeth ii and was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people of the year by time magazine. 

As a young boy born in 1966 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Adjaye’s childhood saw stability in movement as his father Affram was a Diplomat whose work took the family all over the world to places such as Kampala, Nairobi, Cairo, Beirut, Accra, and Jeddah. Adjaye was born into a vibrant era of hope where just previously Kwame Nkrumah had won the country independence from the British in 1957 and the spirit of emancipation was one that influenced the family’s mobilities. In his early adulthood, one of the many prolific projects that evolved out of David’s travels is the ‘Adjaye africa architecture: a photographic survey of metropolitan architecture’. The project took place over a ten year period documenting fifty-four major African cities and showcasing a concise urban history, fact file, maps and satellite imagery that come together in a rigorous analysis and reconceptualization of what African architecture is and can truly be. 

A formative moment in Adjaye’s childhood was when he realized the inequities that his brother Emmanuel – who was partially paralyzed — faced when visiting his specialized school. Adjaye noted how inefficient, run-down and degrading the actual facility was. During his university education at South Bank he began to think about designing a facility that would provide better care for the handicapped, a moment he describes as changing everything. He came to the understanding that architecture should serve people and as a prevalent force within all our lives it too should take to the realm of egalitarianism. Https://www.Adjaye.Com/

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BERNICE ofosu
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BERNICE ofosu

Bernice is based in Accra Ghana and is the Public Health program supervisor, in the obstetrics and gynecology Dept at Korle-bu teaching hosp...More

Bernice is based in Accra Ghana and is the Public Health program supervisor, in the obstetrics and gynecology Dept at Korle-bu teaching hospital. Bernice is leading COWF's latest global health and medical outreaching programming in Ghana. Bernice is a nurse practitioner, healthcare strategist, global health advocate with a MBA from University of Ghana Business School, masters in Public Health (mph) a BSC. In family and consumer science, diploma in nursing, as well as a diploma in Human Resource Management from ICM U.K.

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matt orcutt
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matt orcutt

Matt is the founder of the Simama Project and Executive Director of Simama international, COWF africa outreach. After graduating from UCLA, ...More

Matt is the founder of the Simama Project and Executive Director of Simama international, COWF africa outreach. After graduating from UCLA, Matt spent several years in la and San Francisco. It was a trip to Kenya in 2009 that inspired him to start the Simama Project. Currently he divides his time between San Francisco and Kenya. While in Kenya he oversees operations on the ground and in San Francisco he works closely with his board of directors and helps with fundraising. In his spare time he takes up the eternal search for the perfect burrito, following the San Drancisco giants, reading Shakespeare and spending time with his nephews.

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ABDULLAH AL-JAJEH
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ABDULLAH AL-JAJEH

Lebanon based, Abdullah heads COWF's creative side in graphic design and art. Abdullah has worked with many organizations throughout the mid east regi...More

Lebanon based, Abdullah heads COWF's creative side in graphic design and art. Abdullah has worked with many organizations throughout the mid east region, merging the humanitarian landscape and design sector, including design development for Sawa for development and aid, j. Walter Thompson, Republique -Beirut, Syrian based group - You-th, among others. Learn more about Abdullah's work at linkedin.Com/in/ajajeh

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chabel badih

Charbel join COWF's outreach mission, documenting the scenes on the field through photography. Charbel is Dubai based.

Charbel join COWF's outreach mission, documenting the scenes on the field through photography. Charbel is Dubai based.

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nithila poongovan

Nithila is based in Palo Alto, and joins COWF's intern team, leading and partnering on projects conc...More

Nithila is based in Palo Alto, and joins COWF's intern team, leading and partnering on projects concerning our commitment to youth and education programming. Nithila is the founder and president of young inquisitive minds, where she organizes the events, prepares robotic activities and oversees both global and local operations. In the top 10% percent of high school seniors in the silicon valley area, Nithila leverages her broad knowledge in coding and robotics, she is responsible to create the engineering and technology lesson plans. Nithila is a senior at Santa Clara high school. She is interested in everything ai and aspires to build robotic assistive technology for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Some of her hobbies includes first robotics and cross-country running. 

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sara abi kanaan
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sara abi kanaan

Lebanon based Sara Abi Kanaan is a Lebanese actress who has starred in several middle eastern series since the age of eleven and has won several prest...More

Lebanon based 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 NGO, 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.

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Ilaha Eli Omar is an Afghan-American entrepreneur who built a successful technical staffing company which she sold in 2018. Ilaha heads COWF's program...More

Ilaha Eli Omar is an Afghan-American entrepreneur who built a successful technical staffing company which she sold in 2018. Ilaha heads COWF's programming initiatives with our partners in Afghanistan. Currently, ilaha is a partner at imagine wireless, a technology consulting firm where she focuses on addressing digital equity. Ilaha serves on the board of Mahtabe, where she provides sustainable solutions to enable inclusion and education for the most underserved people in Kenya; is the country director of enabled children initiative, where she is spearheading Afghanistan’s first self-sustaining community center serving orphans/abandoned children, and adults living with disabilities; and mentors afghan women entrepreneurs through project Artemis, an initiative led by Goldman Sachs 10,000 women and thunderbird for good. Ilaha regularly escorts Afghan children amputees for Prosthetic treatment to the us and participates in medical aid trips to Haiti via Children of War Foundation. Ilaha is a member of the US-Afghan women’s council and resides in San Francisco.

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dr. mo enayat
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dr. mo enayat

Co-founder of London’s premier members only wellness center, LMS health, dr. Enayat is a surgically-trained general practioner with a medical manageme...More

Co-founder of London’s premier members only wellness center, LMS health, 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.

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dayle haddon 

As the founder and CEO of WomenOne.Org, a COWF Africa outreach partner, Dayle works to raise awareness about the barriers to education around the worl...More

As the founder and CEO of WomenOne.Org, a COWF Africa outreach partner, Dayle works to raise awareness about the barriers to education around the world, advocates for innovative education policy and support from global leaders and decision makers, and ensures that WomenOne is working effectively to provide women and girls globally access to quality education.

Prior to founding womenone, dayle built a highly successful career in the beauty and fashion industry, which continues today. She is the only model to have had four major contracts as the face and international spokesperson for L’oréal, revlon, Estée Lauder, and Max Factor. In addition to posing for over 100 magazine covers, Dayle helped lead the industry to redefine the concepts of true beauty and embrace the beauty of every age. Dayle has written two international bestselling books on inner & outer beauty and living in balance. 

Dayle has been a regular contributor for CBS’ the early show. She is a Unicef Ambassador, free the children advocate, and the L’oréal Global Ambassador for Women of Worth. Dayle has traveled extensively to africa and South America through Unicef and free the children on behalf of women and children, and has written about their experiences for CNN, the Huffington post, Redbook, Ivillage, interview magazine, glamour, and Marie Claire. Dayle is regularly booked as a keynote speaker to discuss the importance of women and girls’ education, regularly attends sessions at the United Nations, and is also a member of the council on foreign relations in New York city and Washington, D.C.

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Pg-y 4 Plastic Surgery Resident at University of Southern California. Dr. Minasian is involved with COWF global health coalition resident group, parti...More

Pg-y 4 Plastic Surgery Resident at University of Southern California. Dr. Minasian is involved with COWF global health coalition resident group, participating in research and remote surgical training through academic partnerships. 

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Dr. Jaber is Co-Director of COWF ENT outreach in Jordan, a specialist ENT, head and neck surgery , ear nose and throat, specialized in adult ear nose ...More

Dr. Jaber is Co-Director of COWF ENT outreach in Jordan, a specialist ENT, head and neck surgery , 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, as well as hearing and balance disorder.

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SIAN JONES
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SIAN JONES

Anglo-Danish Sian grew up in Copenhagen where she spent her teens experimenting with fashion and dreaming of travel. At 19 years old, Sian m...More

Anglo-Danish Sian grew up in Copenhagen where she spent her teens experimenting with fashion and dreaming of travel. At 19 years old, Sian moved to London to pursue a career in luxury fashion. It was in London that she established a career in public relations, working in-house for high end brands Dior and Giuseppe Zanotti.  Sian went on to establish her own luxury swimwear line Sian Swimwear, https://www.sianswimwear.com/ Married to a refugee, and having been exposed  to the devastating effects of war after spending time in Turkey, Sian decided to incorporate a social giving arm through Sian Swimwear to support life enabling initiatives for refugee children and mothers.  As of 2018, Sian joined COWF's social impact advisory, giving voice to children who would otherwise not be heard. Sian has advocated and supported life saving surgery as well as humanitarian aid to hundreds of refugee families. 

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KAYLA SAMIMI
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KAYLA SAMIMI

Kayla Samimi was born and raised in Manhattan beach, a small beach town in Los Angeles. Her passion for global health and activism sparked w...More

Kayla Samimi was born and raised in Manhattan beach, a small beach town in Los Angeles. Her passion for global health and activism sparked when she was 13 years old and her family hosted a seven-year-old child who had traveled from Afghanistan to Los Angeles to receive long term surgical treatment. The two years she spent with then seven-year-old Abdul inspired her to continue with her humanitarian work and pursue a career in medicine at the same time.


Since then, she kickstarted her own high school chapter to fundraise and raise awareness about children of war foundation, which is still active even after her graduation. Kayla is now a junior at the University of Southern California, majoring in global health on the pre-medical track. She continues to volunteer at many COWF events, represented COWF with interning, shadowing, observing and working on research at Children's Hospital LA, Shriners Hospital, Dignity So Cal, operation smile and UN75 youth. Kayla more recently became a member of the COWF youth delegation participating in the SDG decade of action” at united nations ECOSOC forum, un youth plenary. 


Aside from her work with COWF, Kayla has fundraised with several other NGOs with strong global roots. She volunteers with core at a coronavirus testing site and at the peak of the pandemic, helped in fundraising to send over essential goods to over 100 afghan families left unemployed and unable to support themselves. 


Kayla plans to continue her work as a senior COWF global health intern and eventually attend medical school, all while continuing to build and develop COWF's mission.Since then, she kickstarted her own high school chapter to fundraise and raise awareness about Children of War Foundation, which is still active even after her graduation. Kayla is now a junior at the University of Southern California, majoring in Global Health on the pre-medical track. She continues to volunteer at many COWF events, represented COWF with interning, shadowing, observing and working on research at Children's Hospital LA, Shriners Hospital, Dignity So Cal, Operation Smile and UN75 Youth. Kayla more recently became a member of the COWF Youth delegation participating in the SDG Decade of Action” at United Nations ECOSOC forum, UN Youth Plenary.



Aside from her work with COWF, Kayla has fundraised with several other NGOs with strong global roots. She volunteers with CORE at a coronavirus testing site and at the peak of the pandemic, helped in fundraising to send over essential goods to over 100 Afghan families left unemployed and unable to support themselves.


Kayla plans to continue her work as a senior COWF Global Health intern and eventually attend medical school, all while continuing to build and develop COWF's mission.

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Janet has advised on production efforts with COWF since 2010, co-producing a short documentary on COWF's first child, Hashim, which subsequently won a...More

Janet has advised on production efforts with COWF since 2010, co-producing a short documentary on COWF's first child, Hashim, which subsequently won an Emmy award. Janet has also traveled with COWF on surgical mission where she contributed to the production and documenting of outreach efforts. Currently at CHLA, she is head of video production with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Strong operations professional skilled in nonprofit organizations, event management, media relations, television, and media production. 

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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...More

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.

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STEPHEN HADDAD, BCO

Stephen haddad BCO, director of ocular prosthetics, inc. Graduated from Worcester industrial technical institute and completed his training at the ame...More

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.

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Cheif of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at Royal Medical Services of Jordan, King Hussien Medical Center, Jordan Armed Forces and Queen Rania Children's Hospital 

Cheif of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at Royal Medical Services of Jordan, King Hussien Medical Center, Jordan Armed Forces and Queen Rania Children's Hospital 

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Dr. Reinisch has nearly 35 years of experience in treating children with craniofacial deformities, cleft lips and palates, vascular tumors, pigmented birthmarks and micro...More

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.

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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, cong...More

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 surdr. 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. 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.

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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 curren...More

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.

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Dr. David Kulber - Founder of OhanaOne, and COWF partners in Global Health and Medical Education. Dr. Kulber is a professor of surgery, cedars sinai medical center and USC Keck School of Medicine. Director of hand and upper extremity surgery, program director, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg hand fellowship , Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center 


Director of the Plastic Surgery Center of Excellence, Cedars Sinai Medical Center. 


Http://www.Bhhandsurgery.Com , https://ohanaone.One  


Dr. Nassim Samawi - Dr. Nassim facilitates COWF's global health triages services and surgical clinic. He has a Ph.D. in Business Administration and over 30 years of experience in management, training, human resource development and communication. Dr. Samawi has profound knowledge of all legal aspects, reconstruction and rehabilitation, accompanied by administrative and financial experience to manage various institutions. 

Dr. David Kulber - Founder of OhanaOne, and COWF partners in Global Health and Medical Education. Dr. Kulber is a professor of surgery, cedars sinai medical center and USC Keck School of Medicine. Director of hand and upper extremity surgery, program director, Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg hand fellowship , Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Cedars Sinai Medical Center 

Director of the Plastic Surgery Center of Excellence, Cedars Sinai Medical Center. 

Http://www.Bhhandsurgery.Com , https://ohanaone.One  

Dr. Nassim Samawi - Dr. Nassim facilitates COWF's global health triages services and surgical clinic. He has a Ph.D. in Business Administration and over 30 years of experience in management, training, human resource development and communication. Dr. Samawi has profound knowledge of all legal aspects, reconstruction and rehabilitation, accompanied by administrative and financial experience to manage various institutions. 

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Dr. Alexis johns - Psychologist , Attending Physician, Assistant Professor of clinical pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC  

Laya Jacob -Laya is a research fellow at University of Southern California as well as a 3rd medical student. Laya is currently working with research on COWF's latest IRB and publication involving a pilot study for remote surgical training through the use of AR smart glasses as well as VR immersive training.  

Jenny Bitar - CEO at Bernard Mevs Hospital Haiti 


Dr. Sanad Kilani - Deputy CEO - Clinical affairs of Farah Medical Campus Jordan 


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 Managing Director at Arab Medical Center, Jordan. 


Dr. Alexis johns - Psychologist , Attending Physician, Assistant Professor of clinical pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC  

Laya Jacob -Laya is a research fellow at University of Southern California as well as a 3rd medical student. Laya is currently working with research on COWF's latest IRB and publication involving a pilot study for remote surgical training through the use of AR smart glasses as well as VR immersive training.  

Jenny Bitar - CEO at Bernard Mevs Hospital Haiti 

Dr. Sanad Kilani - Deputy CEO - Clinical affairs of Farah Medical Campus Jordan 

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 Managing Director at Arab Medical Center, Jordan. 


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Tamara Meirie - Jordan Outreach Advocate

Ramez Qupti - Healthcare Facility Construction & Development Expert

Tamara Meirie - Jordan Outreach Advocate

Ramez Qupti - Healthcare Facility Construction & Development Expert

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& development interns 
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& development interns 

Farah Ayasrah

Julia Houshmand

Sandra Gadella 

Maryjane Garcia 

Kohle Jackson 

Divija Bansal 

Tala Obeida

Farah Ayasrah

Julia Houshmand

Sandra Gadella 

Maryjane Garcia 

Kohle Jackson 

Divija Bansal 

Tala Obeida

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"BOOTS ON THE GROUND"  
 MID EAST REGION FIELD COORDINATORS
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"BOOTS ON THE GROUND"  
 MID EAST REGION FIELD COORDINATORS

"avokader"
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"avokader"

Avokader is one of COWF''s social and field experts, as well as the point of contact for Yemeni ref...More

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 

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mo sadaqa
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Mo is COWF's point of contact for COWF candidates & beneficiaries in Jordan and across the region. M...More

Mo is COWF's point of contact for COWF candidates & beneficiaries 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 khouri
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sami khouri

Sami facilitates with COWF's clinical assessment and triage for local and international surgical mis...More

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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Yussef grew up as a beneficiaries of humanitarian aid in Jordan. Through opportunities for educati...More

Yussef grew up as a beneficiaries of humanitarian aid in Jordan. Through opportunities for education, Yussef was able to go on to college to study computer science. He is has been involved with several surgical and education outreach programs and serves as one of COWF's field coordinators, managing projects and COWF beneficiaries near the Syrian border and through the greater Amman region.  

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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

To Reach Additional Medical Advisory Members Contact Team@cowf.org

Mental Health Advisory 

Advisory Committee &  

Officers Production

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Accounting

Ambassadors

Legal Advisory

High school & 

University COWF CLUB Chapters

Accounting

Ambassadors

Legal Advisory

High school & 

University COWF CLUB Chapters

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REACH OUT TO ADDITIONAL TEAM MEMBERS IN:

Social Media, Media, Global Health, Surgery, 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

Social Media, Media, Global Health, Surgery, 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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"Alone we can do so little, together we can so much." 

Helen Keller