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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,” we’ve 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 AUB’s 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.

We’re 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
Coeditors, MainGate
maingate@aub.edu.lb