Drs. Atif Malik, Sandeep Sherlekar & Said Osman return home from humanitarian mission in Iraq — 5 things to know

Mary Rechtoris -   Print  |

Spine surgeons Atif Malik, MD, Sandeep Sherlekar, MD, and Said Osman, MD, returned to the United States after a humanitarian mission trip to provide care to Iraqi patients.

Here are five things to know:


1. The surgeons practice at American Spine, a multispecialty practice with locations throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania.


2. Iraqi physician Hayder Al-Hamzawi, MB, ChB, invited the American surgeons to Iraq.


3. Dr. Al-Hamzawi practices at Definite Care, which works closely with the Ministry of Interior of Iraq to help hospitals locate physicians who can provide care to patients suffering from complex medical conditions.  


4. In the coming weeks and months, Drs. Malik, Sherlekar and Osman plan to work with Dr. Al-Hamzawi to help Definite Care obtain the latest equipment and build a team of physicians specializing in minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery.


5. "We have been working with doctors from local countries in South Asia," Dr. Al-Hamzawi said. "However, having American doctors come to Iraq to help us with minimally and less invasive surgeries of the spine has been our main goal. We are very excited to work with the American Spine team, especially Dr. Malik, Dr. Sherlekar and Dr. Osman. It really is a great honor."


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