Spring 2016 - 17
Faculty of Medicine
Najwa Al-Zaghal joined the Faculty of Medicine as Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics (Neonatology) effective December 1, 2016. She received her MD from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 2009 with honors, and became a member of the Jordanian Medical Society in 2010. She completed her three-year residency training in Pediatrics (2010-2013) and three years of fellowship in Neonatology (2013-2016) at the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at AUBMC/FM; during which, she was certified as an NRP instructor. During her fellowship, Dr. Al-Zaghal was assigned by the director of the division to perform auditing of charts for completion in alignment with AUBMC policies and regulations, in addition to educational activities. She was also in charge of formulating a drip book in coordination with the pharmacy department. Dr. Al-Zaghal was also directly involved in subject recruitment and chart review in a research project on RSV in the Unit. She was appointed as a research fellow for the period between July 2016-November 2016 at the Division of Neonatology at the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at AUBMC/FM. She will be involved in teaching of medical students and residents, and will be responsible for the therapeutic hypothermia program, which was recently launched, and will implement an antibiotic stewardship program for NICU. In addition, she will be shouldering the clinical activities at AUBMC & KMC.
Alain Saad will be joining the department of Ophthalmology as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology effective January 1, 2017. Dr. Saad graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine from Saint Joseph University, Beirut, Lebanon in 2005. He started in July 2005 his residency training in Ophthalmology at “Hôtel Dieu de France University Hospital”, Beirut, Lebanon (2005-2008). He joined in May 2008 the Rothschild Foundation in Paris to finish his residency (2008-2010) before starting a fellowship in June 2010 in the cataract, cornea and refractive surgery department lead by Dr. Damien Gatinel (2010-2013). From June 2013 to December 2016, Dr. Saad was a full time ophthalmologist in this department. Dr. Saad is a reviewer for several journals in ophthalmology and in the editorial board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery; he authored more than 40 articles and has given more than 70 oral presentations in international meetings. His interests include refractive surgery, presbyopia correction and new keratoplasties technique. Dr. Saad was recently appointed in the “future leaders” subcommittee and the international council of the International Society of Refractive Surgery. He was cited and ranked #10 by the journal “The Ophthalmologist” in its power list “top 40 under 40” (https://theophthalmologist.com/the-power-list-2015/). Some of Dr. Saad’s awards include the Best of Show for Scientific video at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the French Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, 4 best papers awards at Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and Annual Meetings of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and “Surgeon of the month” award of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS) for his video on endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK). He also obtained the achievement award from the AAO in October 2016.
Jana Hashash, MD, MSc, will be joining the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology at AUB as an Assistant Professor of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. She graduated from ACS in 1998 and then joined AUB where she completed her undergraduate and MD studies in 2006. After that, she pursued her Internal Medicine residency training followed by a Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. She subspecialized in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) under the mentorship of Dr Miguel Regueiro and Dr David Binion. After completing her fellowship, she was recruited to join the IBD Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently the Medical Director of the Magee Infusion Center at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and is the Subspecialty education coordinator representing the GI Division at the Department of Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh.She received a Masters Degree in Clinical Research from the University of Pittsburgh. She is very active in translational and clinical research. Her work focuses on the prevention of postoperative recurrence of Crohn's disease and she also works on the role of rectal spectroscopy in the early detection of more proximal colonic dysplasia and cancer amongst UC patients. She has over 80 peer reviewed publications and has been granted several prestigious awards
Bilal Aoun will be joining FM/AUBMC as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, effective January 1, 2017. He received his Medical Degree from the Kursk State Medical University, Russia in 2001. After which, he completed three years of residency training in Pediatrics at Makassed General Hospital (2002-2005), two year-fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology (2005-2007) at Central University Hospital, Lille, France, and two years at Armand Trousseau University Hospital, Paris, France (2008-2010). During his two years at Trousseau hospital, he obtained a one year fellowship, sponsored by the International Pediatric Nephrology Association-IPNA, USA. He was appointed as Staff and Head of the Pediatric Dialysis Unit of the Rafic Hariri University Hospital and Consultant of Pediatric Nephrology in Makassed General Hospital (2010-2012) and Clinical Associate with consultation privileges at AUBMC (2010-2011). In 2012, he moved back to Paris, France and was appointed as Pediatric Nephrology Consultant at Armand Trousseau University Hospital, and head of the Pediatric Dialysis Unit. In addition, he received two international diplomas from France, in pediatric nephrology and in dialysis. Dr. Aoun, is a member in the European Society of Pediatric Nephrology (ESPN), and la Societé de Nephrologie Pédiatrique (SNP). Moreover, he is a reviewer for several international pediatric and nephrology journals, mainly the Journal of Pediatric Nephrology. Dr. Aoun’s name appears in 24 peer-reviewed publications, 10 as first author and six in Q1 journals in the pediatrics discipline with respect to impact factor, and he also has more than 50 poster presentations in international conferences.
Hady Zgheib joined the Faculty of Medicine as Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine effective November 1, 2016. He graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine from AUB in 2011. After which, he did one year of internship in the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine (2011-2012), and completed four years of residency training in Emergency Medicine (2012-2016), both at FM/AUBMC. Dr. Zgheib will be involved in the teaching and research activities of the department, as well as in covering the Emergency Medicine clinical services both at AUBMC and KMC.
Zeina Korban joined the Faculty of Medicine as Instructor of Clinical Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery effective November 1, 2016. She graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine from AUB in 2009. After which, she did one year internship in the Department of Surgery (2009-2010) and four years of residency training in Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (2010-2014), both at FM/AUBMC. she then did one year of fellowship in Rhinology and Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery at the University of Miami, Jackson Health System, Florida (2015-2016). She is also a member of numerous professional societies including the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, American Rhinologic Society, North American Skull Base Society and the Lebanese society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck surgery. Dr.Korban has presented at several national and international meetings and achieved multiple Research awards. In addition, she has published numerous book chapters in her field and peer- reviewed scientific articles in various journals. She will be an added value to the clinical specialties in establishing a sinus surgery center at AUBMC and KMC, and will be actively involved in the teaching of medical students and resident, as well as in the research activities of the department.
Fadi Ramadan was appointed as Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine effective October 1, 2016. He graduated with MD degree from AUB in 1992. After which, he did one year of rotating internship at FM/AUBMC (1992-1993), three years residency training in Internal Medicine at State c Director of Inpatient Geriatrics, then Assistant Professor at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School (2011-present) where he directed the fellowship program in Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Ramadan is the recipient of the prestigious Geriatric Academic Career Award from the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2003-2008. He is the founder and leader of the American Geriatric Society Residency Teaching Committee. His name appears on more than 18 peer-reviewed publications, with total citations of 559 and H-index of 10. He will be involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows, as well as in the research and clinical activities of the department.
Ibrahim Omeis* was appointed as Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinial Surgery effective September 1, 2016. He received his Medical Degree from the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine in 2002. After completing his residency in 2008 at New York Medical College, he finished fellowship in Spinal Oncology and Complex Spine Surgery in 2009 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Neurosurgery. He was appointed Instructor at New York Medical College 2007-2008 and as Instructor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine 2008-2009 and as Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine in 2009. He directed Spinal Neurosurgery services at Baylor College of Medicine since 2012. He is the recipient of the first award as a resident research presenter at New York State Neurological Society in 2008. His name appears on 25 peer-reviewed publications, of which 11 as first author. He will be involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, and fellows in his area of specialty, and will be involved in the research and clinical activities of the department.
Youssef Zeidan* was appointed as Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Physiological Sciences effective September 1, 2016. Dr. Zeidan received his dual MD/PhD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2009. He then completed four years of residency training in Radiation Oncology at Stanford University (2010-2014) where he served as Chief resident (2013-2014). He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at he University of Miami ( 2014-2016) where he served as the director of the radiobiology program. Dr. Zeidan is certified by the American Board of Radiology. His research focuses on improving outcomes of radiation therapy in cancer patients through investigating mechanisms of radiosensitivity and radioprotection. He authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications. His work was recognized by several grants and awards from the radiological society of North America (RSNA) and the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO). He will bring additional expertise to the clinical services of the Department, in addition to his active involvement in the research activities within the Faculty of Medicine (FM).
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Julien Besle will be joining AUB as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. He earned his PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Lyon (France) in 2007. He was a post-doctoral fellow a the Department of Neurology of Columbia University in New York City for 2007 to 2009 and at the Univeristy of Nottingham (UK) from 2009 to 2012. Before joingin AUB, he was holding a Senior Investigator Scientist position a the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham. Julien studies the functional organization of human sensory systems using non-invasive neuroimaging techniques (MRI, EEG), behavioural measurements and computational modelling. His most recent research combines high-resolution structural and functional MRI at 7 Tesla to delineate tonotopically-organized primary fields in auditory cortex and characterize their functional properties (e.g. frequency selectivity).
Ahmad Sabra graduated in 2009 from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelor degree in Computer and Communication Engineering. After a year in the master program at the department of Mathematics at the American University of Beirut, he moved to Philadelphia and started his PhD in Mathematics at Temple University in Philadelphia PA under the supervision of C.E. Gutierrez. He received his PhD degree in 2015 with a Graduate Award for Outstanding Research. He was then appointed a postdoc fellow for a year at the University of Warsaw. Ahmad is a member of the Marie Curie Alumni Association. His interest is in the theory of partial differential equations that are connected to problems in geometric optics and free material design. He taught various courses in mathematical analysis and differential equations.
James Broucek earned his PhD in religious studies at Florida State University in 2012. He then worked as an assistant professor of religious studies at Iowa State University (2012-2016). Dr. Broucek’s research interests include religious ethics, the historiography of Islam, modern Islamic political discourse, contemporary Ibadism, and secularism. He will be lecturing for AUB’s Department of Philosophy as well as the Civilization Studies Program.
Rana Issa is Assistant Professor in Translation Studies. She a literary scholar specialized in translation into and from Arabic. She holds a PhD in Cultural and History and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oslo, and an MA in English Literature from AUB as well as completed a year of graduate work as a reader of Henrik Ibsen. She is finishing her manuscript on translations of the Bible into Arabic in the Nineteenth century. Where she explores how the Bible’s commoditization impacted perceptions about the Arabic language in modernity. She is also working on a project that explores the role of translation in news-making in the nahda. She has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Cultural History and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo as part of the research team Synchronizing the World. She has also been a visiting fellow at INALCO, Orient Institute in Beirut, and the University of Marburg. She has published articles on Bible translation, the history of Arabic philology in the nahda, as well as on early Palestinian literature. She has translated contemporary literary works from Arabic to English. Her main interests include translation studies, the modern history of the Arabic language and the deep history of foundational texts.
Heba Hodeib will be joining the communication skills program as a full-time instructor in spring 2016-2017. She graduated from IC (1999) and, then, joined AUB to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Education (2002) and her Master’s degree in English Literature (2010). She received third place in the best teacher voting at the Hariri school in 2007. In addition to serving as teacher, she has led projects that encourage communication, has organized foreign exchange visits between schools, and has conducted workshops pertaining to improving the teaching of reading and writing. In 2011, she joined the English Department at the AUB-extension program (CEC), where she collaborated on revising the department’s learning outcomes, curriculum, was consulted for choosing the most appropriate textbooks, and was involved in the recruitment process. Simultaneously, she coached students to improve their writing, was known as an innovative contributor for material development, and as an active jury member on proficiency tests at the USJ English Department. In 2014, she joined the communication skills program and was recently given the opportunity to chair a research project with AUB’s “Writing Symposium,” which proved successful, and which she is still currently working on.
Jessy Bissal received her degrees in English Literature from the American University of Beirut (BA: 2010, MA: 2013). Immediately after graduation, she began teaching rhetoric and composition skills, and literature courses, at various universities in Lebanon. She’s also been involved with Writing Center work and research. Whenever she’s not teaching, she tries to publish her poetry and maintain her professional and academic blog on her unorthodox teaching and writing methods.
Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences
Elie-Jacques Fares has been appointed as an Assistant Professor of Clinical and Sports Nutrition in the department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. He earned his PhD at the University of Fribourg Switzerland. He obtained his Master degree from the University of Geneva in Movement Science and Sport Studies. His research interests consider physical activity, body composition autoregulation, thermogenesis and nutrient partitioning with special emphasis on metabolic phenotyping by low-intensity exercises that correspond to everyday life. He worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland in collaboration with the Swiss Olympic Medical Center on AGIR (Insulin resistance of aging, ectopic lipid depositions and oxidative capacity: effects of exercise and obesity) project. He started his first research assistantship at the Brain Mind Institute, EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) working on diet, weight fluctuations and the perception of the bodily self.
Issmat I. Kassem is joining AUB as Assistant Professor of Food Microbiology (Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences) on January 15, 2017. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Microbiology from the University of Toledo (Ohio, USA) in 2009. After completing his postdoctoral studies at the Ohio State University (Food Animal Health Research Program), he was promoted to a Research Scientist with a primary investigator status on January 1, 2013. Dr. Kassem has also completed training in preventive controls for human food and produce safety. His research interests include 1) understanding the mechanisms that contribute to the survival and transmission of foodborne bacterial pathogens in the host-environment continuum, and 2) evaluating factors that impact the selection and emergence of antimicrobial resistant pathogens in food production. His overall objective is to develop antibiotics-independent and cost-effective approaches for reducing the burden of foodborne bacterial pathogens and antimicrobial resistance on public health and the economy. Dr. Kassem has published more than 39 manuscripts and serves as an associate editor and reviewer for a number of journals in his field.
Faculty of Health Sciences
Jaime Westbrook will be joining AUB as an Assistant Professor in the Medical Audiology Sciences program. She is a Clinical Audiologist with extensive experience in fitting adult and pediatric hearing technology, and has spent the past four years in the specialized field of bone anchored hearing implants. She is particularly dedicated to establishing effective clinical protocols, and will be seeing patients as well as supervising students in the Audiology Clinic. Prior to joining AUB, Jaime was the International Audiological Trainer and Supporter for Oticon Medical A/B based in Copenhagen, Denmark, providing clinical insight and training on bone anchored hearing implants to worldwide markets. She obtained her Doctorate in Audiology (Au.D.) from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2011.
Olayan School of Business
Yassar Nasser joins the Olayan School of Business as Director of the MBA Program in January 2017. Dr. Nasser holds a BSc in Computer Science and a Master of Money and Banking from AUB; an MBA from the Judge Business School at Cambridge; and a Doctorate from Cranfield University. Since 2009, he teaches the MFin and MBA programmes at the Judge Business School at Cambridge, and Master level courses at the Economics Department and Olayan School of Business at AUB. He has guided many students on their research and publishes frequently on strategic topics.
In addition to Academia, Yassar has been a banker and investment specialist since 1995 and has assumed diverse responsibilities and challenges in global locations (Netherlands, Switzerland, UK, North America, Taiwan, and the Middle East).
Beverly Dawn Metcalfe* is a Visiting Associate Professor in International Management and HRD. Beverly has worked at the University of Manchester, Liverpool, Hull and Staffordshire Universities in England. Her research and teaching expertise include inter alia: Leadership Development, Leadership and Ethics, International Development; Developing Women's Leadership Capabilities in the Middle East; National and Comparative HRD, especially in the Middle East; Feminism, Social Movements and Globalization. She has published extensively in leading journals including Journal of Business Ethics, International Journal of HRM , and Human Resource Development International. Beverly has had the honour to work globally in education, research and consultancy roles including Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Oman, Malaysia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and the UAE. She has been a Visiting Professor in Griffith University and Monash University in Australia, and at AUC and Helwan Universties in Egypt. She is currently an investigator for the Knowledge is Power Project led by Charolotte Katram, and supported by the USA Department of State which will help develop women's empowerment through grassroots organizations. Beverly has been the Chairwoman of the Gender, Race and Diversity in Organizations SIG, for the European Academy of Management since 2008, and is currently leading Special Issues of Human Resource Development International on Africa, and Gender and Governance in Business Ethics A European Review. Beverly will be leading the MSc in HRM and will share her international knowledge and experience with fellow colleagues and students.
Hera Tashjian joined the Hariri School of Nursing as a Clinical Instructor effective January 2, 2017. She has received her BS in Nursing at AUB and MS in Nursing at Duke University, North Carolina. She is a certified Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, and has served AUBMC for over a decade as an Advanced Practice Nurse, being a pioneer in establishing this role at AUB and in Lebanon. She has served HSON in the capacity of a clinical instructor, after which she moved to a Chief Nursing Officer position at LAU Medical Center, serving at the top executive level, establishing structures and processes that enable the delivery of safe and quality patient care. She is joining HSON again and in addition to serving as an educator to undergrad students, she will be coordinating academic projects which are aligned to AUB’s vision and the school’s strategic plan.Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
Nirza Fabiola Castro Gonzáles will be joining AUB as lecturer for energy studies in the department of Mechanical Engineering in FEA. She earned her PhD at Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany, at the Institute of Environmental Planning. Her specialisation is on renewable energy, particularly in developing countries.The dissertation was on the subject of "Potential of Jatropha curcas cultivation for a sustainable production of biodiesel in Bolivia”. During her dissertation, Dr. Castro was twice a Visiting Researcher at Harvard University in fall 2014 and summer 2015. She earned a Master’s degree at the Institute for Geotechnique and Infrastructure at the Leibniz University of Hannover. She wrote her Master thesis on the topic "Design and Dimensioning of Foundations for Off-Shore Wind Parks in Consideration of Cyclic Load". Dr. Castro earned her BA at the Technical University of Oruro, Bolivia, in civil engineering.Dr. Castro possess more than seven years of working experience in the industry as a Civil Engineer, among them four years as a Technical Supervisor for the Environmental and Construction Engineering Department in COMSUR S.A./SINCHI WAYRA S.A., a mining company in Bolivia.Dr. Castro's most recent work has been published in the journal "Energy".
*Joined late last Fall