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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
MD Class Reunions
AANA 11th National Convention
New York City
8:00 am, Saturday, November 22
New York Marriott East Side