Hanna Hanania, DDS, a family dentist in Woodbridge, Va. was installed as President of the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine (AFRP) on Saturday, July 8, during its 59th annual convention held this year in Houston, Tex.

Headquartered in Westland, Mich., the AFRP is a national organization of approximately 40,000 Palestinian Americans living in the U.S. and abroad, who trace their ancestry to the West Bank city of Ramallah, Palestine. The organization’s main goal is to advance Palestinian cultural heritage through projects and programs that promote educational, humanitarian, civic and charitable opportunities.

A seasoned and astute leader even as an honor student at the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry, Dr. Hanania was twice elected to the Student Government, and served as President of the International Student Council. He served on many boards and committees and founded the United Arab Students Association (UASA) and in 2001, the Network of Arab American Professionals (NAAP) – one of today’s largest Arab American professional organizations in the U.S.

As a tireless advocate for the underserved, Dr. Hanania participates in volunteer medical and dental missions both in the U.S. and in the Holy Land, providing dentures to the needy and other much needed dental services. He’s active in his own community, feeding the homeless and participating in fundraising walks.

In addition, Dr. Hanania served as a board member of the nonprofit organization, Imagine-Life, a group of concerned Americans of various religious and ethnic backgrounds who support the principles and basic tenets of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the Holy Land Christians Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF).

Dr. Hanania is a 2001 graduate of the University of Maryland, School of Dentistry. He is a member of the American Dental Society, the Virginia Dental Society, the Northern Virginia Dental Society and the Woodbridge Dental Society.