Dr. Muhalab Al Sammarraie, El Cajon, California
Universidad De La Salle Bajio – Mexico 2019
Described as a leader by example, Dr. Muhalab Al Sammarraie grew up in Baghdad, where he earned his Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Baghdad before receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Universidad de la Sale Bajio in Guanajuato, Mexico. Coming to the U.S. as a foreign-trained dentist, Dr. Al Sammarraie continued his education and strived for development. While working towards his dental license, he accrued leadership experience in public, private, and nonprofit sectors through leading teams and overseeing process improvement in education, social service, and health care. Dr. Al Sammarraie is currently a Site Dental Director at AltaMed Health Services, one of the nation's largest FQHCs, is also a subject matter expert in law and ethics for the dental board of California, and is an international lecturer at the Universidad de la Sale Bajio, where he teaches practice management, considering dentists as true leaders. He is passionate about providing quality care without limits, including advocating for patients' and dentists' rights through promoting the educational and healthcare system. Outside of dentistry, Dr. Al Sammarraie supports groups that help Iraqi war victims and displaced people find education and access to healthcare.