Attacks on Syria's Medical Personnel and Facilities


The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center and CSIS Middle East Program will host a roundtable discussion on Attacks on Syria's Medical Personnel and Facilities on Friday, May 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (EDT).

Syria’s Assad regime has systematically targeted medical facilities, staff, and patients with profound human consequences, say the event organizers. The armed opposition have also defied the impartiality and neutrality of medical services.

Panelists will discuss the trajectory of attacks, the resulting institutional damage and public health implications, and evolving efforts by governments, international bodies, and NGOs to mitigate these impacts, as well as prospects in the future for accountability and rehabilitation.


  • Stephen Cornish, Médecins Sans Frontières
  • Leonard Rubenstein, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (and chair of the Safeguarding Health in Conflict coalition)
  • Zaher Sahloul, Syrian American Medical Society
  • Dorothy Shea, US Department of State

J. Stephen Morrison of CSIS will serve as moderator.

The event will take place at CSIS in B1 Conference Center, Washington, DC. RSVP at This event will also be webcast live at