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Physician will speak about the American Medical Mission to Gaza

News Release — 11 March 2009


Media contact: Sue Stevens, Senior Media Relations Officer, 817-272-3317,

ARLINGTON - One of the 10 physicians who participated in a medical mission to Gaza in January immediately after the war with Israel ended will speak on behalf of the American Medical Mission to Gaza at 3 p.m., Friday, March 13, in the Concho Room at the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. 

Dr. Ismail Mehr, head of anesthesiology at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, N.Y., worked daily at Gaza City's Shiffa Hospital for a week. When he was not in the operating room, he spent time at a local orphanage learning about the children's experiences in the war. In a television interview, he said he knew very little about the conflict in Gaza before making the trip, and he found many people were suffering from substandard medical treatments, as well as war injuries.

Mehr's lecture is sponsored by the Muslim Students Association, a student group representing Muslim students at The University of Texas at Arlington. MSA is active in on-campus interactions between various interest groups. Recently they had an inter-faith dialogue and are planning an April 14 through 16 observance of Islamic Awareness Week.

The American Medical Mission to Gaza is a non-political organization that reports the humanitarian and medical observations of American doctors traveling to the Gaza Strip.

E-mail the Muslim Students Association secretary, Amal Saadat, at for more information.

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