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Spring 2006 Vol. IV, No. 3

Class Notes

Philip A. Khairallah, MD (BS ’47) studied for two years at AUB’s Faculty of Medicine before transferring to Columbia University in New York. After 44 years at the Cleveland Clinic, he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, and is presently pursuing cardiovascular research at the Sun City Research Institute. He has five children—one in Chicago, three in the Cleveland area, and one with him in Scottsdale. He also has six grandchildren. Khairallah still keeps in touch with his old friends in Beirut, Raif Nassif and Munir Shamma’a. His late brother, George, taught English literature at AUB for 30 years. His youngest son will be running in the Beirut Marathon in November. Khairallah himself hopes to visit Beirut next year. His e-mail address is frphilip[at]cox.net.

Ghazi Koraitem (BBA ’57) has recently replaced Adnan Kassar as chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Beirut, Lebanon.

Munir Nasr (BS ’61, MD ’65) and his wife Annie recently established The Mrs. Annie and Dr. Munir Nasr Endowed Financial Aid Fund for students from the town of Hammana, Lebanon. Both Munir and his wife were born and raised in Hammana. After graduating from AUB, Munir completed his residency and advanced fellowship training at the State University of Iowa in Iowa City. He then taught at UCLA for two years before returning to Beirut and AUBMC for 14 years. During this time, he was in charge of Gynecologic-Oncology and directed the Residency Program. Since 1986, he has taught at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia and practiced with Virginia Oncology Associates, which provides cancer care for the region.

Munir has been active in alumni affairs, a strong supporter of financial aid, and a long-time member of AUB’s Daniel Bliss Society. He also assists AUBMC graduates in securing advanced training positions at Eastern Virginia Medical School and elsewhere. Annie Nasr, who graduated from St. Joseph University with a degree in political science, is an active volunteer at the Children’s Hospital and involved in fundraising for various charitable organizations, especially cancer care. Their son Nadim is also a physician presently in residency training in radiation-oncology at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. They are proud to be helping deserving students through their recently endowed financial aid fund.

Adnan Dakkuri (BS Pharm.,’62; faculty member, ’68-’75) has been elected for a second term as president of the Academic Senate at Ferris State University. Dakkuri, who is currently a professor of pharmaceutics at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, was recently awarded the International Educator of the Year Award.

Munthir Kuzayli (BS Pharm., ’63) was appointed director of the AUB Medical Center (AUBMC) effective January 16, 2006. Kuzayli holds master’s degrees in hospital administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and in hospital pharmacy from the University of Wisconsin. He is a diplomat of the American College of Healthcare Executives. No stranger to the AUB Hospital, Kuzayli worked at AUBMC as chief pharmacist (1967-71), as assistant hospital director (1973-76) and as director of AUBMC (1976-83). He then worked in Saudi Arabia, where he managed several

hospitals belonging to the Ministry of Defense and Aviation and the National Guard. Kuzayli has also served as a medical consultant in France and Germany. Upon returning to AUB, Kuzayli assumed responsibility for setting up the Middle East Medical Management Company and executed its first contract for the operation and management of Consulting Clinics Beirut. He returns to AUB after more than twenty years in the private health services sector in the region.

Fadi F. Attiyeh (MD ’69) was recently elected president of The New York Surgical Society, the oldest surgical society in North America, and president elect of the New York Cancer Society. Past presidents include Dr. Charles McBurney (founding member) and Dr. Allen O. Whipple. He maintains his practice in surgical oncology and colon and rectal surgery and is chief of the Hepatobiliary Pancreatic Service at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. Attiyeh may be reached in New York at (212) 307-1144: or ffa1[at]columbia.edu.

Rose-Mary Boustany (BS ’75, MD ’79), a third generation AUBite, was appointed chairperson of the Abu-Haidar Neuroscience Institute and professor of biochemistry and pediatrics at AUB in January 2006. Her tasks include directing a multidisciplinary program of neurosciences and psychiatry, with the goal of creating a center of excellence for the neurosciences. Boustany trained in neurology, neurogenetics, and neurochemistry at Massachusetts General Hospital of the Harvard Medical School. She subsequently moved to Duke in 1988, where she became a tenured professor of pediatrics and neurobiology.
She is internationally recognized as a leader in neurogenetics and a world authority on Batten Disease and, since 1987, has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for her work in cell death in the nervous system. She is also a reviewer for NIH intramural and extramural programs, the Federal Drug Administration, the March of Dimes, and the Alzheimer’s Association. She can be reached via e-mail at rb50[at]aub.edu.lb.

Ara Tekian (BS ’75, MS ’79, PhD ’81) is professor of medical education and director of International Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the program chair (Division I – Education in the Professions) for the 2006 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco in April. In November 2005, Tekian was the keynote speaker at the first International Conference on Medical Education at Billroth House, Vienna. This was just one of many speaking engagements for Tekian in 2005—a year in which he traveled to speak at conferences in Edinburgh, Scotland; Iamir, Turkey; Santiago, Chile; and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Tekian was the president of the Alumni Association of North America from 2002 to 2004.

Walid Itani (BE ’79) is project engineer at the Structural Department of Khatib and Alami, a consolidated engineering company in Lebanon.

Father Elias Nassar (BE ’83) was elected patriarch of the Maronite community in Saida, Lebanon. Father Nassar earned a degree in theology from the University of Kaslik in 1989, and subsequently served the Maronite church in a number of different capacities. The Council of Ministers headed by the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon, Mar Nasrallah Butrus Sfeir, elected Father Nassar Patriarch of Saida on September 22, 2005.

Ramzi Sabra (MD, ’85) was appointed assistant dean of Medical Education at the Faculty of Medicine in January 2006.

Amer Fathallah (BE, ’87) is chief engineer at the Clemenceau Medical Center-Johns Hopkins, Beirut.

Rana Zeine (MD ’87) recently joined the faculty of Northwestern University in Chicago. Before going to Northwestern University’s Cancer Center, Zeine was a research scientist at the Nathan S. Kline Institute Center for Dementia in New York.  She received her PhD from McGill University’s Neurological Institute in 1993, and completed her residency training in anatomic pathology and neuropathology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York in 2004.  Her publications in neuroimmunology are heavily cited, and she is listed in Marquis’s Who’s Who in America and in the Who’s Who of American Women.  She may be reached at r-zeine[at]northwestern.edu.

Ammar Kanaan (BE ’90) is currently chairman of the Beirut Container Terminal Consortium in Beirut, Lebanon.

Wassim Labban (BS ’95) has been in the United States since May 2002. He is an assistant professor of chemistry at Thomas University in south Georgia, and an on-line facilitator for the Art Institute Online based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is married and has a three-year old son. Labban, who is planning to visit Lebanon (and AUB) in 2006, would like to hear from other AUBites in the Atlanta region. He can be contacted at wlabban[at]thomasu.edu.

Lara Harik (MD, ’00) is the recipient of one of the three $25,000 scholars research fellowships awarded by the College of American Pathologists Foundation. The program was established to encourage young medical investigators to develop independent and productive research careers and to pursue academic medicine. Harik’s project, which is entitled “Risk Assessment Model for Superficial Urothelial Carcinoma,” is designed to establish nomograms that incorporate multidisciplinary data to help medical professionals provide a more complete prognosis for bladder cancer. She is currently a resident in the Pathology Department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer in New York. Harik was a member of AUB’s first Strategic Task Force for Alumni Relations.

Mira Kaddoura (BA ’00) is art director at Wieden & Kennedy Inc, an advertising agency in Portland, Oregon, that recently produced a high-profile advertising campaign for Nike. Kaddoura has worked in Amsterdam and New York City and completed a master’s degree in art direction at VCU Adcenter. On January 4 she visited AUB’s Department of Architecture and Design to give a “straight talk” on failure and success in the design world.

Joy Khoriaty (BS ’02) After completing his computer science degree at AUB, Khoriaty joined the Center for Advanced Mathematical Sciences (CAMS), where he was able to develop his skills in building, managing, and programming high-end servers and clusters. After three years in the intellectually stimulating environment at CAMS, he traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, to study for a master’s degree in high performance computing (HPC). After graduation, he was hired by the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Center, a leading European HPC center, to work on building a supercomputer based on FPGA. As the project prototype approached completion, Joy was offered an opportunity to join the MIT Nuclear Science Laboratory to work on optimizing particle physics codes on their newly acquired Blue Gene supercomputer. He has recently settled in Boston and can be reached at eleventails[at]eleventails.com.

Lina Ghotmeh (BE ’03) won first prize in the “International Architectural Competition of the Estonian National Museum.” She designed the winning project jointly with architects Dan Dorell (Italy) and Tsuyoshi Tane (Japan). The project is scheduled for completion in 2009. Ghotmeh works in Paris and London, and collaborates frequently with Dorell and Tane.

Yara Tumeh (MA ’04) moved to Atlanta, Georgia, about a year ago. Having earned a master’s in pharmacology from AUB, she is now in the process of getting registered in the United States. She passed the first of three exams last June and will be eligible to take the remaining two exams after she completes her 1,500-hour internship at Walgreens Pharmacy. Tumeh has settled in Atlanta to be closer to her uncle, Sabah Tumeh (AUB ’85), who is a radiologist.

Sahar Farhat (BS ’05) is living in Beirut and interning at Development and Environment Magazine, a publication that covers environmental and scientific issues in the Middle East. She can be reached at farhat_sahar[at]hotmail.com.

Sami Oubari (BBA ’05) is pursuing his master’s degree in administration in management at Concordia University, Montreal. He is planning to work for a couple of years in Montreal before returning to Lebanon.

Rami Salameh (BS ’05) is currently a journalist at the Beirut-based Middle East Reporter, a daily digest for political and economic developments in the Middle East and North Africa. He is also head of quality control for the Beirut branch of Earth Time Group, an African geological and environmental consultation company based in Liberia. He can be reached at rsalameh[at]earthtimegroup.com.

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