updated 10/5/2010 9:15:47 AM ET 2010-10-05T13:15:47

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., Oct. 5, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) announced today that Dr. Otis Webb Brawley, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society, will deliver the keynote address at its 32nd National Medical Convention, this weekend in New York City. The theme of the convention is "Prevention, Discovery and Innovation in Medicine and Surgery 2010."

The convention, running from Friday, October 8, through Monday, October 11, will feature a series of scientific presentations and updates on such critical healthcare topics as oncology; cardiology; anesthesia; bladder pain syndrome; early detection of sexually transmitted diseases; early detection of eye diseases; primary care musculoskeletal complaints; obesity therapy; common skin conditions; sleep apnea; dialysis treatment; and dentistry. Continuing Medical Education credits (CMEs) will be granted for these scientific sessions.

Dr. Bassem Zeidan, member of the Royal College of Surgeons and American College of Surgeons, and NAAMA New York Convention 2010 Chair, said, "We are delighted that such a renowned physician as Dr. Brawley has agreed to address our members. Cancer is a disease that concerns all of us whether our medical specialty is oncology or not. Dr. Brawley will address the latest developments in the treatment of various cancers. The American Cancer Society is the largest voluntary health organization in the country."

Dr. Laith Jazrawi, chief of the Division of Sports Medicine and assistant professor of Orthopaedics at New York University, is scientific chair for the convention.   He said, "We will be offering our convention attendees up-to-date information on a wide range of medical subjects by noted physicians and dentists."

The convention also marks the observance of NAAMA's 35th anniversary. Founded in California in 1975 as the Arab American Medical Association, the group became a national organization in 1980. It is the largest organization of Arab American doctors and other healthcare professionals in the U.S. This event, expected to attract 300 attendees from across the United States, is open to NAAMA members and non-members, physicians as well as other healthcare professionals. In addition, an extensive social program will offer the excitement of the New York City experience.

NAAMA is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, educational and humanitarian organization whose members are of Arab descent, have close affinity with individuals of Arab origin or demonstrate a commitment to its mission and organizational objectives. Headquartered in Birmingham, MI, NAAMA has 27 chapters across America comprising physicians, dentists, pharmacists, medical researchers, scientists, teachers and other healthcare professionals.

For more information or to register for NAAMA's 32nd National Medical Convention in New York, call 248-646-3661 or visit www.naama.com.

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