Winter 2007 Vol. V, No. 2
Inside the Gate
Pioneering Healthcare Worldwide
The establishment of the Mamdouha El-Sayed Bobst Breast
Center at the AUB Medical Center
Many extraordinary people have dedicated themselves to improving
the lives of others, but only one can say that she launched the first
healthcare system in Libya, started that countrys first hospital,
and trained its first nurses. Throughout her career, Mamdouha Bobst has
been especially concerned with health issues, particularly those related
to cancer. Since receiving her BA in Arabic from AUB in 1947, she has
lobbied to raise public health awareness and worked to make proper healthcare
available through countless initiatives in the Middle East and North America.
And for more than 30 years, Bobst has been a consistent and generous supporter
of the American University of Beirut.
will provide financial assistance for women who cannot afford to pay for
potentially life-saving mammography services themselves.
An honorary life trustee of the American Cancer Society, Bobst has seen how new technologies are having a profound influence on breast cancer detection and treatment. The use of digital mammography, high resolution ultrasound, and MRI have led to increased early cancer detection and increased survival rates. The new fully equipped Mamdouha El-Sayed Bobst Breast Center will make these technological innovations accessible to Lebanese women, providing them the best available means of early detection of breast cancer, one of the leading causes of death in women. The demand for state-of-the-art mammography services at AUBMC is growing rapidly: the number of patients seeking mammography examinations increased more than 50 percent between 1997 and 2004.
The Department of Diagnostic Radiology benefited enormously from Bobsts previous donations in 1999 that made it possible for the department to purchase a computer-guided breast biopsy system and a dedicated ultrasound machine allowing for preoperative diagnosis of breast lesions. Vice President for Medical Affairs and the Raja N. Khuri Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Nadim Cortas notes that Bobsts support has provided financial assistance that has enabled hundreds of needy women to benefit from screening and early detection of breast cancer. Bobst also supported a program for women in the Burj Al Barajneh Camp that provided comprehensive treatment for those patients who were found to have cancer. The Breast Center will be part of AUBMCs multidisciplinary program for womens health and a constant reminder of Mamdouha Bobstan extraordinary woman whose career has infinitely improved, and continues to improve, the lives of many others.