mohammed zaher sahloul
Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul is a medical doctor, Chicagoan, humanitarian, faith, immigrant and civic leader, and influencer. He is a Pulmonary and Critical Care specialist in Chicago and associate clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also the cofounder and president of MedGlobal, a U.S. based medical charity that provides emergency response and supports healthcare in disaster regions in order to eliminate inequities in health.
Dr. Sahloul is considered one of the world’s experts on the humanitarian crisis in his homeland Syria and applying lessons learned to other disaster responses, including COVID-19. He led the Syrian American Medical Society from 2011-2015 to play a crucial role in providing humanitarian medical aid and organizing the Syrian American diaspora. He founded the American Relief Coalition for Syria (ARCS), and the Syria Faith Initiative.
Dr. Sahloul has published extensively on the Syrian crisis, refugees and immigration, disaster management, and COVID-19's impact on disadvantaged communities in Chicago, and has many media appearances locally, nationally, and internationally. He was instrumental in providing
medical relief to help the civilian population in his homeland of Syria and testified to the U.S. Congress and the United Nations Security Council multiple times on defending medical neutrality, the use of siege and chemical weapons, and the siege of Aleppo.
He was awarded Chicagoan of the Year in 2016 for risking his life with two other American doctors to provide healthcare to the civilians in Aleppo under siege and bombardment.
In 2020 , Dr. Sahloul was awarded the Gandhi Award for Peace for his humanitarian work in Syria and at the global level. He has also received many other awards including the “Heroes Among Us” award by the American Red Cross, Dr. Robert Kirschner’s Award for Global Activism by Heartland Alliance Kovler Center, the Commitment to Change Award by the National Immigration Justice Center for his commitment to human rights, and the Shine a Light on Global Refugee Crisis and annual humanitarian award by UNICEF Chicago.
He is married to Suzanne Akhras Sahloul and has three children.