Dermatology at the American University of Beirut dates back to the early 1890ís when the subject of the skin and its diseases was taught by Dr. Charles L. Bliss. Later, Dr. Charles A. Welster, and still later on, Dr. Walter B. Adams took charge of the specialty. Modern dermatology began with the late Dr. Hrant J. Chaglasian.
In 1960, with three full-time faculty members, dermatology was made a division in the Department of Internal Medicine. That same year, a state-of-the-art dermatology research laboratory was established.
By 1963, the division consisted of three full-time and two clinical faculty members.
In 1964, a three-year dermatology residency training program modeled along the United States programs was started. Over the years, many candidates from Lebanon and the Middle East enrolled in the program, and eventually two residents in every level were accommodated.
In 1984, the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut approved the change of status of the division to that of department.
Throughout, the department has been actively involved not only in undergraduate and post-graduate teaching, but in services and research, as well. Its Outpatient Department (OPD) is one of the largest and most active in the AUB Medical Center. Clinical dermatology and dermatological surgery, including cutaneous laser surgery, are fully practiced. The department enjoys high standards and recognition by centers in the region and abroad.