LOS ANGELES, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- UMMA Community Clinic is proud to announce that Yousef Turshani, MD, has joined the organization as Chief Medical Officer (CMO).
Dr. Turshani has an extensive background in underserved settings, both domestically and abroad. During his tenure with Doctors without Borders, he cared for countless patients and facilitated the handover of operations of one of the largest pediatric/adolescent HIV clinics in the world to Zimbabwe's Ministry of Health, UNICEF and other NGO's. In the course of the transition, he and his team trained more than two hundred professionals in the region and opened four pediatric centers in outreach areas.
He served as Chairman of the pediatrics department in Saipan, the capital of the Mariana Islands, in Micronesia. Recognizing that some of the more remote islands were without specialty health care, Dr. Turshani developed a program to fund specialist doctors and their necessary support staff to regularly fly to the islands and provide patient services.
After over a decade of benevolent service abroad, he returned to California where he worked with St. John's Well Child and Family Center in South LA as well as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "With Dr. Turshani's commitment to providing compassionate care to the community and developing innovative programming, we are confident that UMMA will continue to flourish in its clinical services in our 20th year and beyond," stated Dr. Miriam Y. Vega, UMMA's Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Dr. Turshani received his medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco.
UMMA Community Clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in South Central Los Angeles that was founded in the wake of the Rodney King riots by Muslim-American medical students from UCLA and Charles Drew University. Now in their 20th year, UMMA's mission to serve those in need regardless of their ability to pay is redefining health care by applying the ethical, financial and social teachings of Islam to the problems of caring for the underserved. In 2013, UMMA partnered with the LA Land Trust and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to open a Wellness Center and Community Garden at Fremont High School that serves both the students and surrounding community. They will be expanding their behavioral health services as they celebrate their vicennial.
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