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Refugee Wellness Center

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Patient Visits Now Through Telehealth

Einstein's determination to care for our community and staff continues as we expand services to telehealth. Einstein's Refugee Wellness Center is keeping patients as our highest priority with expanding appointments by phone or online.

Your appointment can be done through your telephone, smartphone, or computer in the comfort of your own home.

For in-person exams, diagnostic workups, and interventional care, know that all operations continue as usual. Our offices remain open and are ready to provide care. For the time being, please continue with treatments prescribed by doctors.

To schedule a telemedicine appointment or contact the Refugee Wellness Center, please call: 215-456-7170.

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, call 215-456-7170.

Refugee Family
We offer high quality healthcare in a comprehensive medical setting for newly resettled refugees.


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

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