2018 Advocacy Committee
Dr. Zaher Sahloul - Senior Consultant and Advisor
Dr. Zaher Sahloul is a Critical Care Specialist, Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois, humanitarian, and strong advocate for refugees and victims of disasters including his homeland Syria. He founded several global organizations including, MedGlobal and SAMS to reduce healthcare disparity, globally focusing on disaster areas like Syria, Yemen and the Rohingya crises.
Dr. Sahloul is a leading advocate in the Syrian humanitarian crisis and the role of diaspora communities among medical circles, the media, the US government, and the UN. He has authored many articles on the impact of war in Syria on public health, healthcare workers, civilians, and children and has been published in major news outlets such as the New York Times, CNN, WP, WSJ, Foreign Policy, the Chicago Tribune, Fox News, and the Guardian.
Dr. Sahloul was awarded the Chicagoan of the Year award in 2016 for risking his life in medical missions to besieged Aleppo, the "Heroes Among Us" award by the American Red Cross in 2017, and the UNICEF Chicago Humanitarian award in 2017.