Summer 2007 Vol. V, No. 4
From the Editors
Dear Alumni and Friends,
The Faculty of Medicine (FM) and the AUB Medical Center (AUBMC) have a
lot to celebrate in 2007. This year marks exactly 140 years of medical
education and health care at AUB, and the 100th anniversary of the academic
medical center. This summer issue is dedicated to these outstanding
institutions, their past accomplishments, current innovations, and future
progress. But while there is no shortage of medical breakthroughs
to profile, this magazine zeros in on the faculty, staff, and graduates
of the FM and AUBMC. A New Era of Medical Research at AUB
introduces 10 researchers at AUB whose work ranging from stem cell research
to osteoporosis is likely to one day inform the treatment that any one
of us or our families receive. In our regular Alumni Profile,
weve taken advantage of this anniversary issue to share some of
the extraordinary lives of FM alumni from every decade in the last century.
Connections was submitted by a 1977 alumnus whose unparalleled
training took place at AUBMC during one of the worst periods
of the civil war. Today he still maintains close ties with AUB as the
chairman of the AUB alumni in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.
We also give special attention to capital updates and programmatic initiatives
connected to AUBMC and the FM in Views from Campus. In Healthier
Health Care, we feature the work of AUBs new neuroscience
center in battling dangerous neurogenetic diseases and in Rx for
Success we showcase the many ways that medical education and care
at AUB have been responsible for a significant number of firsts
in the region. We learned that AUB established the first Department
of Public Health in Lebanon, the first Dental School in the Middle East,
and that AUBMC professor emeritus Dr. Ibrahim Daghir performed the first
open heart surgery in the region at the hospital in the 1950s.
Were not all graduates of the Faculty of Medicine, but all of us
may one day benefit from the research and expertise of these medical professionals.
We can all appreciate that AUB is investing in people who are invested
in the health of the community.
Much of the research and photography in this issue was made possible
by the assistance of the Archives and Special Collections staff at Jafet
Library. We would particularly like to thank Samar Mikati Kaissi for her
bottomless knowledge of the archives and invaluable help.
Ada H. Porter and Ibrahim Khoury