Board of Directors - UOSSM International

Board of Directors

Dr. Ghanem Tayara - President

Dr. Ghanem Tayara is a Birmingham, UK-based general practitioner with an interest in cardiology.  Dr. Tayara is also a co-founder of UOSSM, and he serves as UOSSM International’s Board Chair since 2014.


Dr. Mosab Hadad - Vice-President

Dr. Hadad holds a doctorate degree in Mechanics, Energy and Material Engineering. He manages external industrial services and consultancy for innovative product’s development and problem solving, and is responsible for projects plans, roadmap, process and budgets. He develops a highly qualified team

He has led several complex R&D projects, and has15 years of extensive work experience, market, client requirement and result oriented, innovative and force of initiation seeing technically complex problems as a welcoming challenge.


Dr. Khaula Sawah - General Secretary

Dr. Sawah, with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and Board-Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, is a clinical pharmacist in profession and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Sawah represented UOSSM at many local and international events, including several UN meetings in New York.  Dr Sawah is also a founding Board Member of Syrian American Foundation (SAF) based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is an active member in her community. 

Dr. Sawah also serves as the president of UOSSM USA- a member organization of UOSSM - International


Mr. Naser Youssef -Treasurer

Nasser Youssef received a degree in Business Management from the University of Damascus in 1992. He earned a degree in Financial Economics with honors from University of London in 1999.

Mr. Youssef worked in British banks and financial institutions for 12 years before he started his own finance and investment consultancy business in 2008. He has extensive experience in commercial and private banking, trade finance, and trading financial instruments including FX and derivatives. Nasser appears regularly on several news channels to comment on the financial market.

Mr. Youssef is very active in NGOs and charities. He is Secretary and Board Member of the Syrian International Business Association (SIBA), and a board Member of the Syrian Arab Association in the UK Established in 1991, which includes 400 members, and Served as Member of the Executive Committee of The Arab Club of Britain 2005-2009.

Mr. Youossef helped establish the Local Welcome, Charity organization based in the UK and has active presence in Germany and several European Countries. Local Welcome aims to connect refugees to help them resettle and restart their career and education in the host countries.

Currently, Mr. Youssef sits on the board of UOSSM and serves as the treasurer.


Dr. Monzer Yazji

Dr. Monzer Yazji is CEO / Medical Director of the South Texas Diabetic & Metabolic Institute in Edinburg, Texas (USA). He is also a co-founder and current President of the Rio Grand Valley Diabetes Association in Texas (USA). A co-founder of UOSSM INT, Dr. Yazji has served on UOSSM’s board since 2012, and is the vice-president of UOSSM USA.


Dr. Tawfik Chamaa

Dr. Tawfik Chamaa is a co-founder & Director of Service Medical Junction – a multi-disciplinary medical group – in Geneva, Switzerland. He was formerly Director of Emergency Service for the Association des Médecins de Genève (AMG). Dr. Chamaa graduated from Geneva University, with postgraduate work in clinical ultrasound, hypnosis, obesity assessment & non-invasive aesthetics. Dr. Chamaa serves as a Spokesperson for UOSSM International.


Dr. Hussam Al Fakir

Dr. Al Fakir is a dentist and orthodontist who practices in Canada. Dr. Al Fakir completed his dental training at Dalhousie University, then went on to practice general dentistry in Edmonton. He went back to school to complete a clinical residency in Orthodontics and a masters degree in medical sciences. Dr. Al Fakir’s passion to help other people and make a positive difference in people’s lives motivated him to join medical relief organizations. He helped establish a dental clinic in Turkey to serve Syrian refugees and currently, he is proud to serve as the Chairman at UOSSM-Canada.


Dr. Badreldin A. Bahrou

Dr. Badreldin A. Bahrou is a dental surgeon practicing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Bahrou graduated from Damascus University, with further post-graduate work in Lille University Medical School (France), where he was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Dr. Bahrou is a co-founder of UOSSM International, and a co-founder of UOSSM Turkey.


Dr. Maher Saqqur

Dr. Saqqur is a neurologist and stroke specialist at the University of Alberta. Dr. Saqqur received his MD in Damascus, Syria. He moved to the United States, where he completed his residency in Neurology at Penn State University. Since 2002, he has been serving as a stroke specialist at the University of Alberta. He has been working with medical relief organizations since the civil war in Syria started and he helped establish a rehab centre in Turkey. Dr. Saqqur is currently helping with the telecommunication unit to provide consulting services for a neurological intensive care unit in Syria.  


Dr. Nizar Hammodeh

Dr. Nizar Hammodeh graduated in Dentistry from Damascus University and is a Maxillo-facial Surgeon based in London, UK. A co-founder of the Syrian British Medical Society (SBMS), Dr. Nizar is also a co-founder of UOSSM International.


Dr. Ashraf Traboulsi

Dr. Ashraf Traboulsi is a Principal Scientist at Proctor & Gamble (P&G) in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA). He has a Ph.D in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Traboulsi was a founding board member & President of the Ohio-based Syrian-American Foundation, and served on boards of the Institute of Youth Development and the Islamic Center in Cincinnati. 


Dr. Abdossalam Tarabishi