Professional Title: Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Companies and organisations: Northwestern Medicine, Chicago, US
Session: War Surgery in Syria’s Underground Hospitals
Samer Attar is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery with Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. He has been on several missions to Syria with the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). He was the last SAMS volunteer physician out of Aleppo before the siege closed the Castello Road in July 2016. He has testified at the United Nations on humanitarian conditions in Aleppo.
In 2016 he was a Chicago Magazine “Chicagoan of the Year” and was honoured as a “2016 American Red Cross Global Citizenship Hero” in recognition of humanitarian work in Aleppo and advocacy for Syrian medical workers. He received the 2019 Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has been featured and published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, NPR, The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine, the Guardian, National Geographic, and 60 MINUTES.