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Please welcome IMR's new Executive Director, Dr. Ambereen Sleemi.


Ambereen is a co-founder and  Surgical Director of International Medical Response. She has been a crucial figure at IMR since inception and has led our projects in Puerto Rico, Malawi, Liberia and Haiti. Her passion for quality care has fueled her to treat women with fistulas and other pelvic floor disorders all over the world. 

As a female pelvic medicine reconstructive surgeon (Urogynecologist) and trained obstetric fistula surgeon, Ambereen serves as an obstetric fistula surgeon for the Eritrean Women’s Project in Mendefera, Eritrea since 2007, and as a surgical team co-leader for Medicine In Action’s spring trip to Kingston, Jamaica as well as on the medical board. She spent 6 years on the executive committee of the International Society for Obstetric Fistula Surgeons (ISOFS) and is still an active member. In January, 2013, she developed the Haitian Women’s Heath Collaborative in partnership with the Department of Ob/Gyn at the National Hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This project has expanded to a partnership with St. Boniface Hospital in the southern part of the country, continuing our pledge to increase safe surgical capacity in Haiti. 

She holds an MD/MPH from George Washington University School of Medicine, and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She trained in Ob/Gyn at Louisiana State University in New Orleans, LA, in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center and in obstetric fistula surgery in Northern Nigeria. 

We are thrilled to have Ambereen lead us through this new chapter!