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Refugee Wellness Center

  • High quality healthcare in a comprehensive medical setting for newly resettled refugees.

     Refugee Family

    Einstein's Refugee Wellness Center provides specialized treatment for new arrivals who have fled their home countries for fear of political or religious persecution and legally immigrated to the United States.

    To schedule an appointment or make an inquiry, please call 215-456-7930

    A complete Exam within 30 days of arrival

    Each year, about 1,000 refugees settle in the Philadelphia area. They are required to have a medical exam within 30 days of arrival. The Refugee Wellness Center, a partnership between the departments of medicine and pediatrics, works with local settlement agencies to coordinate services.

    In addition to the exam, a medical history is taken and refugees are screened for:

    • HIV
    • Intestinal parasites
    • Immunizations
    • Lead
    • Malaria
    • Nutrition and growth
    • Tuberculosis
    • Sexually transmitted diseases
    • Mental health issues

    Special consideration of a refugee's specific background is given during treatment. Many refugees face unique challenges, which can differ according to where they are from. Factors affecting a refugee's health may include:

    • Belief systems that view diseases differently
    • Violence, abuse and gender bias
    • Mistrust of medical treatments
    • Lack of diagnosis or lack of medical care
    • Low levels of literacy
    • Use of herbal remedies or healing techniques on the skin


    In addition to medical staff, our center provides interpreters free of charge and has volunteers - many of whom also came to Philadelphia as refugees - to assist staff. The center works with a psychologist, a nurse practitioner and a social worker, funded by a grant from the Albert Einstein Society.

    Medical Staff

    Morgan Leafe, MD, Director
    Matt Behme, MD, Physician
    Isam Dafdony, MD, Physician
    Mayssa Abuali, MD. Physician
    Susan Leib, MD, Physician
    David Goodwin, PhD, Psychologist

    Support Staff

    Rebecca Alvarez, Lead Social Worker
    Justin Mann, Coordinator


    Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
    5501 Old York Road
    Levy Building, First Floor
    Philadelphia, PA 19141 
    Phone: 215-456-7170
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