Act-compliant telehealth platform—to consult with
our colleagues in the U.S.
For many years, Dr. Zibari has spent his vacation months
traveling to Duhok to assist the medical community
with capacity building. It was not until Mr. Hussein’s
toppling that he felt comfortable enough traveling to
the country to solicit help from medical colleagues who
could provide the support needed to launch a capacity-
building effort. For more than a decade, Dr. Zibari has
consistently brought a dedicated and committed team
of eight to 12 clinicians to assist with capacity building.
These teams have been cosponsored by the Americas-
Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), the
International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
(IHPBA), Operation Hope, the World Surgical Founda-
tion (WSF), the American Kurdish Medical Group, the
Kurdish Regional Government, the Barzani Foundation,
OCT 2016 BULLETIN American College of Surgeons
OUTREACH IN KURDISTAN, IRAQ
Bottom left, from left: Dr. Chu, Dr. Zibari, and a pediatric surgeon from Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan,
care for a four-year-old child who required a right hepatectomy for liver cancer.