Dear members of the AUB community,
It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr. Fadi Maalouf has received the esteemed 2022 Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award in the medical and health sciences category. Dr. Maalouf, a professor of clinical specialty, chair of the Department of Psychiatry, and Head of the AUB Mental Health Council, was selected among 384 outstanding nominees for this award.
The Abdul Hameed Shoman Arab Researchers Award is one of the most prestigious honors bestowed on a researcher in the Arab world. The award is given in appreciation of outstanding scientific output that leads to an increase in scientific and applied knowledge; contributes to solving priority problems locally, regionally, and globally; and spreads the culture of scientific research. For the last 40 years, award recipients have included Arab men and women conducting research in the fields of medical and health sciences, engineering sciences, basic sciences, literature and humanities, social and economic sciences, economics and administration sciences, and agriculture and technology.
Dr. Maalouf is renowned for his research on assessing the burden of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents in Lebanon and developing interventions that aim at bridging the treatment gap in this population. His research, including the first and only national child mental health survey in Lebanon, has been cited by local, regional, and international scholars, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and media outlets.
Dr. Maalouf has led projects with international collaborators from Australia, US, and Lebanon to adapt school-based interventions that aim at improving the mental health of youth. His original research findings have been published in high-impact journals, and he has been invited to publish commentaries in the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry journal and Nature Outlook. He has received several extramural grants and awards including ones from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, and the Harvard Medical School Center for Global Health Delivery.
Dr. Maalouf graduated with the degree of doctor of medicine from AUB in 2001. After an internship at AUBMC, he completed residency training in general psychiatry in 2005 at the Harvard Medical School and the VA Boston Healthcare System, and a fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry in 2007 at the Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh from 2007 to 2009 before joining AUB as an assistant professor. He was promoted to the rank of professor in 2022. Dr. Maalouf has held several administrative positions at AUB including founding chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, vice chair and interim chair of the Department of Psychiatry, chair of the AUB Mental Health Council, and chair of the Department of Psychiatry. He is also an elected member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Maalouf on this outstanding and well-deserved honor.
Fadlo R. Khuri, MD