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Class Notes

1940s
Abdullatif Zein (former student ‘49), deputy in Lebanon’s House of Parliament, received a prestigious award from the French Government in June, adding another worthy note of recognition to the statesman’s long and distinguished record of public service.


1950s

Heratch O. Doumanian (BA ‘53, MD ‘57) recently joined the staff of the St. Margaret Mercy Healthcare Center in Gary, Indiana. Board-certified in radiology, Heratch had served an internship at St. Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center in Chicago following his medical training at AUB. He then completed his residency at the University of Chicago Hospital and also held a fellowship in cardiovascular radiology at the University of Minnesota.

Fuad S. Farah (MD ‘54 and former faculty) was recently honored with the naming and establishment of the Fuad S. Farah Endowed Lectureship in Dermatology and Immunology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical Center. He joined the SUNY faculty in 1976, after having served as professor of dermatology at AUB. His career at the center has been illustrious; in addition to teaching and training hundreds of medical students and residents, he served on a number of its committees. Fuad also has published widely in journals such as Clinical Dermatology and the Annals of Internal Medicine. What he is most well known for, however, is his dedication, generosity, and compassion to students and patients. Fuad and his wife, Mona, have four children who all earned their medical degrees at SUNY Upstate. The Fuad S. Farah Endowed Lectureship in Dermatology and Immunology will be given annually to a national expert in those disciplines.

Farid I. Haurani
(MD ‘53), professor emeritus of medicine and senior member emeritus of the Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research of Jefferson Medical College at the Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia, was elected a member of the executive committee of the alumni association of the college. Having completed his medical residency and hematology fellowship at the college, he is considered a postgraduate alumnus. He was also appointed a member of the scientific program committee of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. This venerable institution, unique in the United States, was founded in 1787. It houses one of the best medical and historical libraries, as well as the Mutter Pathological Museum, the Wood Institute for the History of Medicine, and the Koop Community Health Information Center. Among its various activities, it sponsors a series of lectures on current medical and paramedical problems.

Sabah Nasr
(BA ‘58) of Batroun, Lebanon, recently was awarded the Said Akl Award for her article, “Makalat Malikat,” which appeared in An-Nahar newspaper.


1960s
Dr. Fuad Freiha (MD ‘66) has been called out of retirement by the Department of Urology at Stanford University to head its urology program at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is president-elect of the AUB Surgical Society of North America, and was also recently elected president of the Lebanese American Association.

Samir Abou Samra
(BE ‘68) was recently elected vice governor of the 351 Lions District of Lebanon and Jordan by an overwhelming majority. A long-time supporter of AUB, Samra has been an active leader in the Mount Lebanon and Engineering and Architecture chapters of the AUB Alumni Association.


1970s
Nabil Atwah (BS ‘73, MD ‘75) of Westport, Connecticut, has been named head of surgery at Bridgeport Hospital. He joined the hospital in 1991 as chief of its trauma center, and his contributions since then have led to Bridgeport Hospital’s recognition by the American College of Surgeons as Fairfield County’s only Level One Trauma Center. Following his studies at AUB, Nabil completed specialty training at the University of Texas Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Hanna Hajjar
(BE ‘75) writes that he was running for governor of California, but pulled out of the race in August. To find out about his involvement in California politics, check his website. http://www.hanna4governor.com

Anahid Kulwicki
(BSN ‘76) was appointed director of the Wayne County Public Health Department in Wayne, Michigan. The area is home to many poor minorities and immigrants. In an interview with the Detroit News on May 20, Anahid expressed her hope that the department will become the leading health agency in Michigan, capable of providing an array of health services to the diverse population. Wayne County has one of the highest concentrations of Arab Americans in the United States, with 56,000 residents. Anahid, a registered nurse, has long been active as a healthcare provider and administrator in the community; she opened a teen clinic and an HIV/AIDS prevention program for Arab-Americans in Dearborn, Michigan. The department runs five health clinics that provide medical and dental services, as well as programs dealing with communicable disease control, immunizations, smoking cessation, and hearing/vision screening. She is married, has two daughters, and notes that ever since high school she wanted to be a nurse.

Najib Saab
(BA ‘78) of Beirut recently received the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award for his breakthrough contributions to environmental issues and concerns through his Al-Biaa wal Tanmia magazine and its related initiatives. The Global 500 Award is the UN’s highest recognition for environmental work.


1980s
Suhayl Dhib-Jalbut (MD ‘80) was appointed chairman of the Department of Neurology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School on August 1. Following his graduation from AUB, Suhayl received his neurology training at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and his neuroimmunology training at the National Institute of Health. He was recruited from the University of Maryland in Baltimore, where he had been professor of neurology and research scientist at the Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center. Suhayl is widely published in the fields of neuroimmunology and neurovirology. His current research interest is understanding the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis, the mechanisms of action of immune therapies in MS, and the interactions between the immune and nervous systems.

 




Maha Farhat (BS ‘84, MD ‘88) of Newtown, Massachusetts, joined the Pathology Department and medical staff of Emerson Hospital in Boston. Following her studies and residency at AUB, she completed a residency and fellowship at Boston Medical Center. She is board-certified in pathology by the American Board of Anatomic and Clinical Pathology.

Faysal el-Kak
(BS ‘83, MS ‘85, MD ‘90), who is a lecturer at AUB’s Faculty of Health Sciences, has been appointed by the World Health Organization as a member of its Regional Advisory Panel (RAP) for Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. This is the first time someone from Lebanon has been appointed as a member of RAP. The WHO advisory panel is composed of a group of 12 to 15 experts in reproductive and women’s health issues in the African and Eastern Mediterranean regions. RAP meets once a year to discuss policies, review reports, and allocate funds to ongoing research projects, health centers, and services related to reproductive health in the countries of both regions. Faysal reports that panel members also undertake missions to supervise and assess the performance of reproductive health centers and research activities.
Raja Nahas (BE ‘81) was appointed assistant vice president for development and alumni affairs at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in June. Previously he had been LAU’s director of development and alumni affairs.

Jim Reilly
(History and Archaeology MA ‘80) is head of the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. His book, A Small Town in Syria: Ottoman Hama in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, was published in 2002 by Peter Lang. It was his graduate experience at AUB that stimulated Jim’s interest in exploring the history of Bilad al-Sham in the Ottoman period. Jim and his wife, Sabah Ghazzawi, were happy to have been able to show their son Kamal around AUB's beautiful campus during their visits in recent years.


1990s

Jamil Bayram (BS ‘90, MD ‘94) took a three-month leave of absence in April from Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, where he is an emergency physician, to volunteer in Iraq with the International Medical Corps. In an interview in the April 16 issue of the Chicago Sun Times, Jamil noted that while conditions in Iraq may be difficult and medical supplies and equipment in short supply, the corps was up to the challenge. “But there was a lot of improvisation,” he said. The International Medical Corps is a not-for-profit, global organization that works with other humanitarian groups and NGOs to provide medical care and supplies, food and shelter, and to improve sanitation and living conditions.

Bassem Safadi (MD ‘92) is currently on the faculty of the Department of Surgery at Stanford University and is the director of its Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship. He is the secretary of the AUB Surgical Society of North America. He is married to Leila Kabalan (BBA ‘98) who is president of the AUB Alumni Northern California Chapter.

Former Faculty and Staff

Richard Bevis (Assistant Professor of English 1965–70) writes that in 1997, after 32 years of full-time teaching, he retired from the English Department of the University of British Columbia. His wife, Vivian, who once taught art at International College, retired from her job teaching high school art at the same time. Since then Richard and Vivian, who reside in Vancouver, have embarked on many travels. Vivian has illustrated two books of children's poetry, and Richard continues to research and write academic books. Their daughter Linda and her husband, who are both pro-Palestinian activists in Seattle, are adopting a daughter from China later this summer. Richard and Vivian would welcome hearing from former colleagues and students.

Calling All North American MDs!
It’s Time for Class Reunions in the US!

• MD Classes 1935 to 1998 •


A strong energy has been brewing to hold a medical alumni reunion. Over 90 class representatives were nominated and are committed to making this event a success. The reunions will give alumni a chance to reconnect, make new friends, meet colleagues – and just have a good time. And some added incentive is that November is a fantastic time to be in New York City!

So, join your fellow medical alumni at a special reunion breakfast during the AANA National Convention. We hope to see you there!

To sign up please contact
Rima Zaitoon
Tel: 212-583-7661
Fax: 212-583-7651
rzaitoon[at]aub.edu
MD Class Reunions Breakfast
AANA 11th National Convention
New York City
8:00 am, Saturday, November 22
New York Marriott East Side