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September 16, 2023,

The inaugural ALMA National Symposium on September 16, 2023, organized by the American Lebanese Medical Association (ALMA) Arizona chapter in collaboration with the American Lebanese Council Advisory (ALCAC), was a significant event that brought together a diverse and distinguished group of professionals and dignitaries. Held at the Buttes Resort in Tempe, this symposium was dedicated to discussing vital topics in the fields of medicine and Lebanon. Here's a recap of the key highlights from this noteworthy event:

Dr. Georges Nseir, the President of ALMA AZ chapter, set the tone for the event with the commencement of the morning educational session.

The morning session featured enlightening lectures delivered by esteemed doctors, including Dr. Paul Wakim, Dr. Christelle Kassis, Dr. Nabil Dib, and Dr. David Rizik.

The public afternoon session was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. George Ayoub, the Honorary Consul of Lebanon in Arizona. During this session, Dr. Paul Wakim, Congressman Greg Stanton, and Mayor Kate Gallego of Phoenix delivered remarks. Mayor Kate Gallego also presented a proclamation to His Excellency the Lebanese Minister of Health, Dr. Firas Abiad. Dr. Joseph Bakkash, the President of the Lebanese Order of Physicians, provided his insights via video conference. Additionally, Mr. Rony Ferzli discussed how AI and telemedicine could enhance healthcare in Lebanon.

His Excellency Dr. Firas Abiad presented a comprehensive overview of the current healthcare situation in Lebanon, shedding light on critical issues.

The event included a panel discussion that delved deeper into the topics at hand, fostering in-depth insights and engaging discussions.


Dr. Imad Khaled, the Treasurer Secretary of the ALMA AZ chapter, concluded the symposium by presenting resolutions aimed at advancing ALMA's mission in both the United States and Lebanon.


The symposium enjoyed the presence of distinguished figures, including the founders of ALMA, Dr. Paul Wakim, Dr. Joe Jabre, and Dr. Ray Hachem. Mr. Philippe Ziade, the Honorary Consul of Lebanon in Nevada, Mr Imad Atallah President of ALCAC ,also graced the event. Notable political figures, such as Secretary of the State of Arizona, Mr. Adrian Fontes, and AZ Congressman Mr. Greg Stanton, were in attendance. The Mayors of Phoenix and Tempe, along with various local dignitaries, lent their presence to the event.

With over 150 attendees from the medical field and the general public, the symposium witnessed a significant gathering of individuals passionate about advancing medical knowledge and strengthening ties between the United States and Lebanon.

This symposium, with its distinguished participants and thought-provoking discussions, underscored the significance of collaboration, education, and awareness in the medical field, particularly with regard to Lebanon. It marked a momentous occasion for all involved, contributing substantially to the mission of ALMA and facilitating the exchange of knowledge and ideas.

February 17th, 2023


Fundraiser: The American Lebanese Community Advisory Council (ALCAC), with leadership from the American Lebanese Medical Association (ALMA) chapter in Arizona, is asking for donations to support a project to provide critically needed medications to the Lebanese Army personnel. Medical and medication support is one of the few remaining benefits holding this institution together. The donations will be used to purchase the needed medications in bulk through an established accredited source. They will be consolidated into a cost efficient shipment. The Fundraiser is active now through January 15th, 2023. Your donations are tax-deductible in support of a 501(c)(3) organization.




October 2022 to January 2023


Method: - Go Fund Me page: https://gofund.me/852e691e


Direct donations (Checks)

Total Raised: $18,900.00

Go Fund Me $13,600.00

Checks $5,300.00


Medications Expenses: $16,292.85

GoFundMe/Paypal Expenses: $309.00

Shipping Expenses: $1,990.54

Total Expenses: $18,592.39

Remaining: $307.61


Thank you to the ALMA Phoenix Chapter and to the ALCAC organization for a successful fundraiser to provide the medications. The medications were shipped on Saturday February 11th, 2023 to Lebanon.


Imad Atallah

President – ALCAC

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