AAHCI MENA Regional Office

American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon

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The AAHCI Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office is hosted by American University of Beirut Medical Center located in Beirut, Lebanon.

The AAHCI Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office is responsible for organizing regional events and conferences, fostering the discussion on key issues for MENA academic health centers and systems, contributing to the development of AAHCI programs, and strengthening collaborations between current and prospective AAHC and AAHCI members, especially but not only in MENA.

Regional Ambassador

Mohamed H. Sayegh, MD, FAHA, FASN, ASCI, AAP, FRCP 
Professor of Medicine and Immunology
American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC)
Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases, NIH
Senior Lecturer, Harvard Medical School

Regional Advisory Group

Kamal Badr, MD
Chief Academic Officer (CAO) Group Representative, AAHCI MENA
Associate Dean for Medical Education, and
Associate Chair for Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine, AUBMC
Professor of Medicine (Adj.), Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

Samia Khoury, MD
Vice President for Research (VPR) Group Representative, AAHCI MENA
Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research,
Director of the Abu Haidar Neuroscience Institute, and
Director of Nehme & Therese Tohme MS Center, AUBMC

Upcoming Meetings

AAHCI MENA Webinar | Psychiatry Grapples with the COVID-19 Crisis

Psychiatry Consultation Liaison at AUBMC: Thinking Outside of the Box 
October 13, 2021,
Beirut, Lebanon

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges for the field of psychiatry, subjecting the general public—and healthcare workers in particular—to elevated levels of stress and trauma while disrupting established modalities for therapeutic intervention. The experience and perspective of American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC )’s Psychiatry Consultation Liaison offer innovative thinking and lessons learned to successfully respond to the psychiatry crisis resulting from the pandemic, as well as from similarly complex emergencies that may arise in future.

Past Meetings

AAHCI-MENA Webinar - Family Coping After a Disaster: The Case of the Beirut Explosion

October 15, 2020
Beirut, Lebanon

This webinar focused on the effect of mental health from individuals, children, and the community in Beirut, Lebanon, in response to the Beirut explosion that occurred on August 4, 2020. Learn more and view the recording here.

AAHCI-MENA Webinar | Online Teaching and Faculty Development

August 26, 2020

On the topic of “Online Teaching and Faculty Development” during COVID-19, this webinar addressed how many instructors and institutions have shifted to deliver their courses online, and the need for quality online instruction became even more detrimental. Learn more and view the recording here.

COVID-19 Regional Perspectives in the MENA Region

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office held a series of Webinars providing perspectives from Lebanon, Turkey, UAE, Kuwait and Qatar, on their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, addressing their responses, challenges, and lessons learned. These webinars’ descriptions and recordings are available here.

Transformation of Medical Education in the New Era

September 26-28, 2018

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office hosted a regional meeting in Beirut, Lebanon. This meeting focused on the Transformation of Medical Education in the New Era. AUBMC and AAHCI partnered with Columbia University/Narrative Medicine Program, Lebanese American University Chagoury School of Medicine, and the University of Balamand Faculty of Medicine, to develop the successful program of this conference.

  • AUBMC’s press release is available in English and Arabic
  • AUBMC’s presentation is available here.


AAHCI MENA Newsletter issue 1
AAHCI MENA Newsletter issue 2
AAHCI MENA Newsletter issue 3
AAHCI MENA Newsletter issue 4


If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Regional Office Manager
Yumma Maalouf, MPH
Executive Administrator
AAHCI MENA Regional Office
Saab Medical Library Bldg., 3rd Floor, Room 320
Tel: +961 1 350000 ext: 4704

For more information on AAHCI membership, please contact us or visit the AAHCI membership page.

MENA Regional Members

American University of Beirut Medical Center Beirut, Lebanon
​Arabian Gulf University Manama, Bahrain
Bezmialem Vakif University Istanbul, Turkey
Hamad Medical Corporation Doha, Qatar
Lebanese American University Beirut, Lebanon
Gulf Medical College Hospital and Research Center Ajman, UAE
Khalifa University: College of Medicine and Health Sciences Abu Dhabi, UAE
Sidra Medicine Doha, Qatar