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AMMSA Conference

AMMSA'S first national conference took place August 12-14, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The conference consisted of renowned speakers from across the country, poster presentations, banquets and much more! Details regarding schedule, speakers, and logistical information can be found below.

Friday, August 12th: 

6pm-10pm: BBQ

Saturday, August 13th:

9am-1pm: Lectures

1pm-4pm: Dhuhr and poster session

4pm-7pm: Lectures

7:30pm-10pm: Banquet Dinner with keynote address

Sunday, August 14th:

9am-12pm: Lectures

12pm-1pm: Lunch and closing award ceremony

Click here for the AMMSA Conference Pamphlet. This document contains all the information you will need regarding schedules, accommodations, and more.

Click here for AMMSA's COVID guidelines!

Travel to Ann Arbor has been made easy! View our Travel Guide to learn more about how to organize your travel plans.

2022 AMMSA National Conference Speakers

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Dr. Rania Awaad

Rania Awaad is a modern pioneer in the field of psychiatry and serves as a practicing Psychiatrist at Stanford University School of Medicine. She also serves as a Clinical Associate Professor with the Stanford Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and researcher and Director of the Stanford Muslims and Mental Health Lab. She is internationally known for her efforts in studying and educating the public on the mental health needs of Muslim communities and refugee populations. In 2021, Dr. Awaad published her groundbreaking study on the suicide attempts of Muslims compared to other religious groups in the US in JAMA Psychiatry and was invited by President Obama to speak at a Muslim Mental Health convention in DC. She has since continued to champion community mental health efforts locally, nationally, and internationally and recently co-founded Maristan, an organization dedicated to leading professional clinical care, education, and research in advancing holistic, mental, and spiritual wellness.

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Dr. Qaali Hussein

Dr. Qaali Hussein is a double board certified Trauma and Acute Care Surgeon and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She graduated from the University of Texas with honors in human biology. She went to medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Hussein then went on to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where she completed her residency in General Surgery as well as a fellowship in Surgical Critical Care and currently practices in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to her busy professional life, Dr. Hussein is the mother of six children, all of whom she had during her intense training years in general surgery and critical care. She is also co-host of the Professional Muslim Women podcast, and a professional keynote speaker on leadership, culture change, and anti-racism. She is the founder and CEO of Defiance Academy, a leadership training platform focused on leading culture change.


Dr. Abdul El-Sayed

A public servant, Michigan politician, former epidemiology professor at Columbia University, and a medical doctor, Dr. El-Sayed was executive director of the Detroit Health Department and Health Officer for the city from 2015 to 2017. In 2017 he resigned as health director to run for governor of the State of Michigan. Dr. El-Sayed is a political contributor at CNN. He is the author of Healing Politics: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Our Political Epidemic and Medicare for All: A Citizen's Guide (co-authored with Micah Johnson) as well as his newsletter The Incision. He hosts America Dissected with Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a podcast about politics and public health. In 2020, he served on the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force on health care. Dr. El-Sayed received his undergraduate degrees in biology and political science from the University of Michigan, and his MD degree from Columbia University. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oriel College, Oxford where he completed a doctorate in public health. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with Highest Distinction from the University of Michigan, where he was chosen to deliver the student remarks alongside President Bill Clinton and was awarded the Bicentennial Alumni Award in 2017

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Dr. Saud Siddiqui

Dr. Saud Siddiqui is a physician entrepreneur from southern California and co-founder and CEO of the popular 3rd party medical school resource Sketchy. He completed medical school at UC Irvine. He then finished his training in emergency medicine at George Washington University Hospital in DC, during which he was featured in Forbes 30 under 30. While in medical school, he began creating simple drawings with friends to remember a wide spread of facts about various microbiota. That concept grew into the company we all know and love. Dr. Siddiqui now resides back in California working at Sketchy full time.


Ms. Najah Bazzi

Najah Bazzy, RN, is an internationally recognized healer, humanitarian and interfaith leader who left a six-figure salary as a critical-care nurse to build Zaman International. The Metro-Detroit based non-profit empowers marginalized women and children to break the cycle of extreme poverty. In 2019, she was recognized as a Top Ten CNN Hero highlighting Zaman’s growth from a grassroots team of volunteers to a world-class organization with a global reach that has helped more than 2.87 million people in 20 countries since 2010. Najah has been profiled on CBS 62’s “Eye On The Future: The Power of Women” along with Suzanne Shank, Mary Barra, Gretchen Valade, and Andra Rush.


Dr. Jawad Shah

Dr. jawad Shah is a neurosurgeon and CEO of Insight, a world-class biomedical technology institute that provides innovative medical technology, sciences, research, and physician clinical expertise. The overarching goal and concept behind Insight is to help patients regardless of the economic scenario. Another organization he has supported and assisted is the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village in Flint, where he currently serves on the Board of Directors. The Broome center’s goal is to invest in youths in order to empower them to become leaders. Its programs and services include a summer day camp, a SKY after-school academic program, and a School of Champions athletic program, as well as youth journalism, music, and adult literacy programs.


Dr. Iltefat Hamzavi

Dr. Iltefat Hamzavi, born to Indian-Pakistani parents in Scotland, was raised in southeast Michigan and is now a Detroit-based dermatologist, specializing in photodermatology, hidradenitis suppurativa, vitiligo, and ethnic dermatology. As Vice President and physician liaison of Hamzavi Dermatology Specialists, he has helped grow the group from 2 offices to 10 and from 2 physicians to 16 physicians and 10 mid-levels. He also directs the investigator-initiated research group at Henry Ford. Inside the American Muslim community, he has served as the founding board chair emeritus of the Institute for Social Policy (ISPU). He has served on the board of Crescent Academy International as well as the Michigan Muslim Community Council (MMCC). In addition, he serves on the national and state boards for Emgage and Alim.


Dr. Fatima Fahs

Dr. Fatima Fahs is a Michigan native, born and raised. She graduated from the Wayne State University Honors MedStart Program on a full ride scholarship with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Art. Dr. Fahs completed her medical training at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine on a full ride academic scholarship, graduating with her MD in 2016. She subsequently completed her internship at Beaumont Hospital in Dearborn and her residency in Dermatology at Wayne State University where she served as chief resident in her final year. Dr. Fahs practices medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology at Hamzavi Dermatology/Dermatology Specialists and has a particular interest in skincare products and formulation. She runs an Instagram account, @dermy_doctor , where she is passionate about disseminating accurate skin care education and dispelling beauty myths and is the founder of Dermy Doc Box, a seasonal skincare subscription box.


Dr. Yassine Daoud

Dr. Yassine Daoud is the Chair of Ophthalmology at Howard County General Hospital. He specializes in cataract and refractive surgery (LASIK) and is internationally known for his surgical skills especially in complex cornea transplants and management of challenging cataract surgeries. He is a highly published author and editor in multiple leading ophthalmology journals with routine lectures nationally and internationally. Dr. Daoud spent the majority of his young life in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon during the Lebanese Civil War before receiving his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and residency at Duke University. He spends a lot of his time mentoring students and being active in the community.


Dr. Adel Syed

Adel Syed is currently President and CEO of UMMA Community Clinic, the first ever Muslim founded community health center in the United States. UMMA has a full time staff of 65 employees and sees over 25,000 patients visits every year through services in primary care, behavioral health, and an upcoming dental clinic. UMMA also partners with local social service organizations in Los Angeles providing healthcare and other outreach services. He is a regular Khateeb and also has experience conducting programs related to Islam and Social Justice, Healthcare, public policy, grassroots organizing, and providing workshops on grant development and governance best practices for non-profit organizations.

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