Allen Sossan

Surgeon Operates on Underprivileged in Iran

YANKTON, South Dakota (Fox News) - Dr. Allen Sossan, a reconstructive spinal and orthopedic surgeon, usually splits his medical time between Yankton and Norfolk, Neb.

However, for the last few years he has had a bit longer commute — to Tehran, Iran. He travels there to donate two weeks a year to underprivileged people who, without his knowledge, would live the rest of their lives in pain and in a wheelchair.

"I felt I needed to do charity work, so I went back to Iran and did several charity cases dealing with scoliosis and other back issues," Sossan said. "They invited me to come back and work again on several other spine cases. So I have been going back about once a year for a few years."

By going back, Sossan is referencing the fact that for him Iran is home. His parents, grandparents and extended family still live in Tehran. His journey from Tehran to Yankton and back is very interesting.

He moved to the United States in 1974 to attend high school. He always knew he had a passion to help his fellow man, yet it took a small shove in the effort to impress a college sweetheart's father to get him to look at medicine as a potential occupation.

"I had two parents who loved me and cared for me, and for whom I could do no wrong," Sossan said. "When you have that kind of upbringing, the world is your oyster. There is nothing holding you back>>>


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Natalia Alvarado-Alvarez

Truly he is......

by Natalia Alvarado-Alvarez on

Truly he is not only the Iranian of the day but of the decade. Amazing individual!




Ari Siletz


by Ari Siletz on

Quote from the link: "It is the most gratifying experience I have had as a surgeon, because helping people is what matters. Obviously, there is politics between the two countries, but people are people no matter what, and if you can help them in a small way, I feel that is our purpose in life: To help each other." Dr. Allen Sossan.

"Most gratifying experience." That says the most about Dr. Sossan. So proud of you, Doctor.

anonymous fish

to: if he were israeli

by anonymous fish on

that is about the sickest thing i've ever heard.  while sossan can be commended for being a true humanitarian, you continue to be the epitome of the bad image americans have of iranians. 

Kaveh Nouraee


by Kaveh Nouraee on

And you are a true piece of garbage.

Maryam Hojjat

Dr. Sossan is

by Maryam Hojjat on

a true human who made us proud of him.  May GOD bless him in this endowment.



God Bless Him

by Dariush (not verified) on

Let this be a lesson for rest of us. To anti governments I say, being anti government is one thing and anti Iran another.


very touching

by Monda on

to hear that there are such dedicated human beings in this world.


that was hot baby...hot!

by Dr. Abol Danesh, University Professor (not verified) on

Finally we heard some pieces of good news on the high way of iran-america interncontinental connection...

Hopefully, the two weeks appointment expands to half and half six month on each side of the highway connection...

The sharper the bloody surgeon's knife the better...


If he were Israeli ....

by ./. (not verified) on

He would inject Iranian patients with AIDS virus. Him as an Iranian is human, regardless of whether his patients are Iranians, Isralites, Arabs, or any other...
Thanks you Dr. Sossan. You are a true iranian.


roots of morality

by Glareh (not verified) on

"...man is here for the sake of other men...for those upon whose smiles and well-being our happiness depends"
Albert Einstein

anonymous fish

oh yeah...

by anonymous fish on

the other "ly". 

at least it's not an "ism" or "ist".


Kaveh Nouraee


by Kaveh Nouraee on

Don't forget "literally"!

anonymous fish


by anonymous fish on

exactly.  someone who puts his money where his mouth is.  figuratively and monetarily.

Ali A Parsa

Great human!

by Ali A Parsa on

This great human and doctor is one of few people who not only read Saadi's Bani Aadam.., but practice it. Let us glorify him more in order to encourage more people to do the same.


Kaveh Nouraee

Very nice

by Kaveh Nouraee on

Too bad there are too few like him in the world.

An example of a real humanitarian.


Wow...what an Angel

by shoreh (not verified) on

Angels like Dr. Sossan keep the torch of humanity and selflessness burning and I hope it continues to shed light on our path....


Great Iranian of the day

by Abarmard on

Great. People like this individual makes me hopeful about the future of Humanity.


how wonderful

by IRANdokht on

It's great to see such giving caring individuals donating their time and their expertise to the underprivileged.  

Thanks for the article Sarshar jan and Q .


anonymous fish

this is awesome

by anonymous fish on

where did he go to med school?  it said he came here to attend high school but didn't go into where he got his degree and license.  my dentist has been going to third world countries for one month every year for as long as i've known him... over 25 years.  he considers it a very small effort for the sake of humanitarian cause.  i always had a greater respect for him after that.