Vol: 10 No: 5

Coming Soon: XXXX MEMA May 11-14
AUB 140th Anniversary: a Medical Outlook
CCCL Celebrates World Cancer Day
CCCL's Launch of Volunteers' Booklet
In Memoriam
Georgette Yazbeck Retires
8th Annual "Dermatology Update"
Saudi Delegation Visits AUBMC
Indian Delegation Visits AUBMC
New Appointments
New Staff
Zooming into Medical Ethics
CCCL Halloween Party
Resident Staff Organization (RSO) Brings Cheer on Christmas
Service Awards Ceremony
The 25 Year Service Awardees
AUBMC Participates in Arab Health 2006
Patient Compliment to AUBMC

New Appointments

In this section of AUBMC News, are published new appointment announcements as circulated by Vice President and Raja N. Khuri Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Nadim Cortas.

Dr. Ali Bazarbachi

Dr. Ali Bazarbachi was appointed as Assistant Dean for Research at the Faculty of Medicine as of January.

Dr. Bazarbachi received his Medical Degree (MD) at the University of Paris VII, France. He then did his post-graduate residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the same University where he received the "Doctorat d'Etat en MŽdecine", the French National Board of Hematology, and the Diploma of Clinical Oncology. He also obtained a PhD degree from the University of Paris VII in 1995.

Dr. Bazarbachi was a faculty member at the rank of "Chef de Clinique" at the University of Paris V from 1993 to 1995. He then moved to the American University of Beirut in 1996 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology) and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2000 and to the rank of Professor in 2004. His major clinical interest is in Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) and the treatment of hematological malignancies. Currently he is the director of the Bone Marrow Transplantation program at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. He started the autologous BMT activity at AUBMC in 1998 and the allogeneic BMT activity in 2005. Dr. Bazarbachi will chair the Research Committee and oversee the research program at the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Ali Bazarbachi's research focuses on developing oncogene-targeted therapies for human leukemia and on the role of angiogenesis in tumor cell extravasation, invasion and metastasis. He has authored and co-authored fifty-four peer-reviewed articles and eleven solicited articles and book chapters. He has held seven extramural research grants. He received the French National Prize for Cancer Research (1996), the Hafez Kobeissi Prize for Excellence in Scientific Research (2002), the Erwin Diwan award (2001) and the CEDRE award (2002). He is the Vice President of the Lebanese Society of Hematology (2005) and the Vice President of the Lebanese Cancer Society (2002).

Dr. Rose-Mary Boustany

As of January, Dr. Rose-Mary Boustany was appointed as chairperson of the Abu-Haidar Neuroscience Institute, and as professor of biochemistry and pediatrics. She will direct a multidisciplinary program, covering basic neuroscience, pediatric and adult neurology, neurosurgery, neuropathology, epilepsy, neuroradiology, and psychiatry. The goal is creation of a Center of Excellence for the Neurosciences.

Dr. Boustany is a third generation AUB graduate (BS 1975, MD 1979) and trained in Neurology, Neurogenetics and Neurochemistry at Mass General Hospital (MGH), Harvard Medical School where she was appointed later as assistant professor of neurology. She moved to Duke in 1988 where she is tenured professor of pediatrics and neurobiology, associate in medicine, and member of the Duke Cancer Center and Programs in Genetics and Genome Science and Cellular and Molecular Biology.

She is internationally recognized as a leader in neurogenetics and a world authority on Batten disease. She identified three novel proteins, and recognized accelerated apoptosis as the mechanism of neurodegeneration in these disorders. She has linked these proteins to sphingolipid metabolism by discovering that CLN3 is a transporter of galactosylceramide, and that CLN9 is a regulator of dihydroceramide synthase. She has been and continues to be funded by NIH since 1987. She serves on study section and is reviewer for NIH intramural programs, the FDA, March of Dimes, and Alzheimer Association. Thirty post-doctoral and PhD students have graduated from her laboratory. She is co-editor of the book "Apoptosis in Neurobiology" and has published her research in Cell, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Annals of Neurology, American Journal of Human Genetics, Journal of Neurochemistry, and authored chapters in the Handbook of Clinical Neurology, and recent editions of Rimoin and Rimoin (Genetics), and the Swaiman textbook of Pediatric Neurology.

She has served on the editorial boards of a number of journals and is Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Society for Pediatric Research and the American Neurological Association, and a member of the American Society of Human Genetics, Child Neurology Society, and Neuroscience. She heads the Clinical Advisory Board for the Batten Disease and Research Association. Her awards include one from the Merck Foundation, a Klingenstein Prize in the Neurosciences, the President's Award from the BDSRA, and a Genetic Alliance Award.

Dr. Amin Kazzi

Dr. Amin A. Nabih Kazzi was appointed as visiting associate professor of Clinical Medicine, and chief of service and medical director of the Emergency Unit at AUB Faculty of Medicine /AUBMC as of January. Dr. Kazzi has been selected to establish and chair a Department of Emergency Medicine at AUBFM/AUBMC.

Dr. Kazzi, MD, FAAEM, graduated from UCLA School of Medicine in 1988, and completed his Emergency Medicine (EM) residency at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Kazzi is the Vice Chair for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. Currently, Dr. Kazzi is also the President of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM). He was elected 2 years ago to this position after serving two terms on the Board of Directors and as a Vice President for this national professional specialty society. He is board-certified in Emergency Medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties and has been selected to serve as an oral board examiner for the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Kazzi has served as chair or member of a number of committees and taskforces and on the board or council of a number of Emergency Medicine organizations including the Council of Residency Directors (CORD), the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine and AAEM.

For 5 years, Dr. Kazzi has been serving as the managing editor for the California Journal of Emergency Medicine, and as a reviewer for other EM journals. He is the chief editor for AAEM's "Rules of the Road for Medical Students," a national textbook that provides formal career guidance to medical students interested in EM. He has also served for years as an editor for eMedicine and as a chief editor for the ECG Educational Database of the Council of EM Residency Directors (CORD). This is used nationally by program directors to train residents to read and interpret ECGs in emergency medicine programs all over the USA. Dr. Kazzi has contributed to the Emergency Medicine literature with papers, chapters, and abstracts. His special interest is policy-making, reimbursement and practice issues, workforce studies, graduate and undergraduate medical education, and a number of clinical topics including pulmonary embolism, trauma, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. He has been an invited speaker at more than 150 universities, institutions and conferences. Furthermore, Dr. Kazzi is an international leader in Emergency Medicine, with his most recent accomplishments serving as the Executive Chair for the AAEM-European Society (EuSEM) First (Italy, 2001), Second (Spain, 2003) and Third (France, 2005) Mediterranean EM Congresses. 

Munthir kuzayli

Munthir Kuzayli was appointed as director of the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) effective January 16.

Kuzayli is the holder of a Masters degree in Hospital Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is an AUB graduate with a B.Sc. in Pharmacy and a Masters degree in Hospital Pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. He is Diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives with over forty years of experience at different levels in the healthcare industry.

He worked in AUBMC as Chief Pharmacist 1967-1971; after a break to pursue his education, he resumed his work at AUBMC as assistant hospital director (1973-1976) and director of the AUBMC (1976-1983). After leaving AUBMC, and until the year 1999, Kuzayli worked in the field of health services management in Saudi Arabia, managing several hospitals on behalf of the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and the National Guard; he also served as consultant in medical fields in France and Germany. After returning to Lebanon, Kuzayli was responsible for setting up the Middle East Medical Management Company and the execution of its first contract for the operation and management of the Consulting Clinics Beirut.

Kuzayli returns to AUB after over twenty years in the private health services sector in the region. In his announcement, VP Cortas expressed his confidence that the long experience of Mr. Kuzayli will be an asset to AUBMC and will provide for a positive contribution to the team effort towards achieving our mission and vision.

Dr. Ramzi Sabra

Dr. Ramzi Sabra was appointed as assistant dean for medical education at the Faculty of Medicine as of January. 

Dr. Sabra graduated from the AUB Faculty of Medicine in 1985. After spending two years as instructor in the Department of Pharmacology at AUB, he joined the Department of Pharmacology and Center for Clinical Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University where he spent three years as a research associate, then as a research instructor. He then moved to the Department of Pharmacology and Center for Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine as an assistant professor. In 1993, he returned to AUB as associate professor of pharmacology, and was promoted to professor in 2001. He was named assistant dean for research at the Faculty of Medicine in 2000.

Dr. Sabra will be responsible for coordinating, reviewing and restructuring the curriculum, assessing teaching methods, and evaluating both faculty teaching and student performance.

He did an excellent job in establishing the research infrastructure, and the policies and procedures of the Research Committee, Institutional Review Board and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at the Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Saleem Kiblawi

Dr. Saleem Kiblawi was appointed as chief of staff as of December 15, 2005. 

After graduating from AUB in 1969, Dr. Kiblawi completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at AUB. This was followed by fellowship training in pulmonary medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine; he was appointed assistant professor of Pulmonary Medicine (1977-1981) and became acting chief of the Pulmonary Division (1980-1981) at Wishard Memorial Hospital. Dr. Kiblawi is board certified in both internal and pulmonary medicine, with extensive clinical, teaching and medical administrative experience, initially at Indiana University, and later at ARAMCO Hospital in Dhahran. During his latest position as the chief of internal medicine and medical director of the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at ARAMCO, he was an integral part of the team that helped ARAMCO hospital go through the preparation and the first JCIA accreditation survey that led to an outstanding performance.

Dr. Kiblawi has been an AUBMC faculty member and an active medical staff member of the Department of Internal Medicine since May 1, 2003.  In his capacity as deputy chief of staff at AUBMC, and as the chairman of the Performance Improvement Committee, he has initiated the development of the office of the Medical Staff and the Accreditation and Risk Management office. Under his direction, this office has been responsible for the development and implementation of the multiple Administrative and Multidisciplinary polices that are needed for the JCIA accreditation process. He coordinates the Quality Management and Performance Improvement Committee that meets monthly with the Performance Improvement Sub-committee of the Medicine and Health Science Committee of the BOT.

Dr. Kiblawi is hard-working and dedicated to upholding professional and ethical standards to lead AUBMC to obtain Joint Commission Accreditation.

Alaa Shoreibah

Alaa Shoreibah was appointed as Chief Financial Officer for the Faculty of Medicine/AUBMC, effective January.

Shoreibah spent two years at the American University in Cairo doing his undergraduate studies. He received his MBA from the University of Illinois in 2000. After completing his MBA, he spent three years at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago as a Director of Finance. He then spent two years as CFO of Kindred Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, a 103 bed hospital, which is part of Kindred Healthcare Inc., a Fortune 500 company. In the 1990s, he worked on numerous USAID-funded healthcare projects in various financial capacities in Europe, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. Shoreibah's mix of for-profit and non-profit healthcare experience, as well as academic and non-academic work experience, will be an asset for FM/AUBMC, especially as he leads, among other things, the implementation of a new cost accounting project at AUBMC. He will be working closely with the new hospital director, Munthir Kuzayli, to take FM/AUBMC to the next level in fulfilling the teaching, research, and clinical missions.

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