Nadim Cortas, Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, Faculty of
Medicine and Medical Center, recently announced the untimely death of
Dr. Suhayl Uthman on August 24.
Dr. Uthman completed his premedical education at Montana State
University and received his Doctor of Medicine with Honors in 1964 from
AUB. Following a year of residency training in Internal Medicine at AUB,
he completed two years of residency in Gastroenterology at Lahey Clinic
in Boston and the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He joined AUBMC in
1969, and since 1987 he was Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine.
In his announcement, Dr. Cortas noted that Dr. Uthman's involvement
with AUB spans a period of thirty-seven years, during which his generous
contributions to the academic, training and professional programs of the
Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center have been of the highest quality.
During his student days he was very active, particularly in the Medical
Student Society and Medicus. He was the exemplary teacher, professional
and colleague, and a model of maturity, pleasantness, dedication and concern.
He was a role model in braving his disease, remaining tranquil, clear
headed and working diligently until the last day. These personal attributes
endeared him to his students, colleagues and patients alike.
Dr. Uthman is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nuha Hatab, and his children
Ramzi, Walid and Rima.
Dr. Amjad Mufarrij (1951-2000)
Afif Mufarrij of the Faculty of Medicine passed away on October 26, 2000.
Born on April 7, 1951, he completed his pre-medical and medical
education at AUB, receiving the degrees of Bachelor of Science in June
1972 and Doctor of Medicine in June 1976. Following a two-year period
of residency training in Internal Medicine at AUBMC, he completed specialty
training in Anatomic Pathology at New York University Medical Center and
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Mufarrij's involvement with AUB as student, resident and member
of the faculty, spans a period of 28 years, during which his contributions
to the Faculty of Medicine and the Medical Center have been of the highest
In his announcement, Dr. Nadim Cortas, Vice President for Medical
Affairs and Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center, described Dr.
Mufarrij as "a role model in his exquisite courage, honesty and in
being straightforward with his opinion, positive criticism or advice."
Dr. Mufarrij is survived by his wife, Mrs. Paula Shammas, his son
Afif and his daughter Zeena.
S. Cotran, 1932-2000
Distinguished AUB Graduate
Ramzi S. Cotran, chairman of both the Brigham and Women's Hospital and
Children's Hospital Boston departments of pathology and the Frank B. Mallory
Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, died of on October 23
at his home in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was 67.
Widely acknowledged as the foremost academic pathologist in the
United States and mentor of many of his field's leading lights, Dr. Cotran
was also the author of the foremost pathology textbook in the world.
Born in Haifa in 1932, he received his medical training at the
American University of Beirut. He went to Boston to pursue post-graduate
studies in pathology and nephrology, quickly establishing himself in his
field with various positions at Harvard Medical School and at Boston City
Hospital's Mallory Institute of Pathology.
"Dr. Cotran was an exemplary physician, scholar and scientist
who forever will be remembered as giant in his field," said friend
and colleague Frederick J. Schoen, MD, PhD. "But Ramzi's most important
contribution to medicine was his teaching and his legacy will be the work
of the talented pathologists that he mentored."
Dr. Cotran is survived by his beloved wife, Kerstin; his son Paul,
daughters Leila, Suzanne, and Nina; his sister Salwa and his brothers
Tewfic, Rafic, and Shafic; and eleven grandchildren.