2015 Awards

SAMA Visiting Faculty Award


Prof. Kevin Yakuboff, MD, FACS (left) receives SAMA Visiting Faculty Award from SAMA President, Dr. Ezzeldin Saleh for outstanding contribution to the education and training of medical professionals in Sudan. Dr. Elshami Elamin, Chairperson SAMA Board of Trustees is seen in the background, Dr. Ali Nasur, SAMA Board of Trustees is seen on the right

Prof. Kevin Yakuboff is Professor of Surgery in the University of Cincinnati, and a Senior Pediatric Plastic Surgeon in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center. Prof Yakuboff visited Sudan in Feb 2015, and performed 23 Hand Surgeries on poor children in Soba University Hospital; focusing on not only operating but training Soba Surgical Staff in advanced Hand Surgical techniques.


SAMA Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Abdalla Zarroug, MD, FACS, FAAP (left) receives SAMA Mentor Award from SAMA President, Dr. Ezzeldin Saleh for his relentless efforts in serving the Sudanese American Medical Association. From right to left, Dr. Elshami Elamin, Chairperson SAMA Board of Trustees & Dr. Ali Nasur, SAMA Board of Trustees.

Dr. Abdalla Zarroug is Associate Professor of Surgery, & Head of Fetal Surgery, Sidra Medical Center, Doha, Qatar (previously of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN).

Dr. Zarroug single handedly mentored tens of junior Sudanese physicians from 2010 to 2014 through creating SAMA Observership Positions in Mayo Clinic. He also created SAMA research trainee positions in Mayo Clinic in 2012 to 2014. He also supervised the first and second interview skills workshops in 2012 & 2013.


SAMA Mentor Award


Dr. Mohammed Gaffer Elhassan MD, (left) receives SAMA Mentor Award from SAMA President, Dr. Ezzeldin Saleh for outstanding contribution for mentoring junior Sudanese physicians applying for Residency. On the right, Dr. Ali Nasur, SAMA Board of Trustees.

Dr. Elhassan is Assistant Professor of Medicine, in UCSF, Fresno, CA & Academic Hospitalist in UCSF.

Dr. Elhassan has mentored tens of junior Sudanese physicians from 2012 to 2015 through reviewing personal statements of physicians applying for Residency. Shortly after starting his tenure in UCSF, he created SAMA Observership Positions in UCSF.