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Expert committee

​​Expert Committee on Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

On February 29, 2020, President Khuri announced the formation of an expert committee on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 to enable our university to adopt coordinated and evidence-based measures for containing the virus and mitigating its impact at AUB and in the community more broadly.

The committee draws together wide-ranging AUB expertise in a number of specialist areas covering community​ and family medicine, emergency medicine, health policy and management, infectious disease control, nursing, and virology. It also includes a communications component in recognition of the importance of raising public awareness in confronting the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in Lebanon.

Committee Membership

Dr. Carine Sakr, Faculty of Medicine (Chair)
Dr. Simon Kachar, Office of Communications
​Ms. Rita Doudakian, University Health Services​
Dr. Gladys Honein, Rafik Hariri School of Nursing
Dr. Fadi Jardali, Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Souha Kanj, Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Nada Melhem, Faculty of Health Sciences
Ms. Rana Ahmad​, Office of ​Communications
Dr. Mazen El Sayed, Faculty of Medicine
The committee meets regularly to review current and likely scenarios and advise the AUB leadership on the most appropriate steps to take as the coronavirus pandemic develops.

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