Raed Al_Naser, MD

Raed Al-Naser, MD, FCCP

Past President

Dr. Al-Naser completed his medical degree from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan in the summer of 1992. His ambition for a higher level of training in the field of medicine drove him to pursue an opportunity to move to the United States.

Dr. Al-Naser’s professional career in the United States began after he completed the residency training program in internal medicine followed by fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Saint Michael’s Hospital in Newark, New Jersey. He moved to Los Angeles and joined a private practice in his field of training. In 2006 Dr. Al-Naser relocated to San Diego, a city that he now calls home, and joined the prestigious San Diego Critical Care Medical Group. Currently he is serving as a medical staff member of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, California. Dr. Al-Naser continued his dedication to serve the community of San Diego when he established his pulmonary practice office in 2013.

Dr. Al-Naser’s passion and love for his culture and heritage is unwavering, and he has dedicated himself to pursue and promote the success of the Arab American medical community. He Joined NAAMA in 1997 while he was still in training and was one of the early founders and members of the San Diego chapter in 2008.

Dr. Al-Naser served as the president of the chapter for the last two terms 2018-2022. During these two terms the chapter membership had grown exponentially and NAAMA became an instrumental and leading organization in the Arab American community of San Diego and California. He took the responsibility to be the convention co-chair for NAAMA 43rd national convention in Irvine, California and with outstanding team members had organized one of the most successful conventions for NAAMA.

As a physician in his specialty, Dr. Al-Naser had been on the very frontline treating sickest patients of COVID19 during this pandemic. That did not deter him from the obligation to promote targeted health education to the Arab American community in San Diego and elsewhere. Dr. Al-Naser had dedicated many hours to organize multiple webinars and meetings as well as reaching out to different Arab American social media platforms and to educate the public about the best health practices related to COVID-19 prevention, vaccines, and treatment, as well as fighting destructive myths and misinformation.

Dr. Al-Naser took a leading role on outlining the health inequity and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Arab Americans. He has been raising awareness about this issue in different media outletspublications as well as local and national meetings. Through his service on San Diego County COVID-19 Equity Task Force, the San Diego County Medical Society Inclusion and Diversity Committee, and as a board member of East County San Diego Magazine he had relentlessly raised the issue of suppressed Arab American identity in the health care system in the United States. Many articles that he contributed to made it to national media outlets and publications like USA TodayCNN and NPR.

Dr. Al-Naser enjoys travelling with his family all over the world learning about different societies and cultures. He has a special love for Arabic music and art. He is passionate about soccer and his favorite teams and players.