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Ragda Izar

Ragda Izar (she/her) is a 2nd-year psychiatry resident. She grew up in the Southwest Chicago suburbs and while attending Wayne State University in Michigan, she was immersed in the country’s largest Arab-American enclave. Ragda worked directly with Syrian and Iraqi refugees resettled to Southeast Michigan and studied the prevalence of PTSD, anxiety, and depression in these populations. She remains passionate about refugee, Arab, and Muslim mental health. As a resident, she has conducted asylum evaluations for people seeking asylum in the United States via Los Angeles Human Rights Initiative (LAHRI) and Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). Ragda serves as a board member on the Health Systems Equity committee of the UCLA Minority Housestaff Organization.