AAHCI MENA Regional Office

American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon

  • Home
  • Leadership
  • Meetings & Events
  • News
  • Contact
  • Members

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

Past Meetings

AAHCI 2022 MENA Regional Meeting

AAHCI’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Office host, the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC), co-organized an in-person meeting with Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and Gulf Medical University Academic Health Center (GMU), to be held October 1-2, 2022 in Dubai and Ajman, UAE.

Under the theme Transforming Academic Health Centers: Innovation and Resilience, members in the region and beyond gathered to discuss the significant impact that the COVID pandemic and other global conflicts have had on academic health centers and the resultant innovations.

AGENDA

AAHCI MENA Webinar | Delivery of Health Services in Fragile and Conflict-ridden Settings

Case Studies from The Middle East
February 16, 2022, at 3:00 PM Beirut Time
Beirut, Lebanon

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is a diverse part of the World with a wide range of and continuously shifting socioeconomic and geopolitical complexities. At the same time, many countries in the MENA region are conflict-ridden, and the region has been frequently characterized as an epicenter for fragility and humanitarian crises.

Health systems, and in particular their delivery component, must continue to provide healthcare services in challenging circumstances such as what many countries in the MENA region endure. This necessitates re-configuring healthcare delivery, molding standard operating procedures into an innovative, flexible, unplanned, and less-than-ideal system.

This webinar provides context to healthcare delivery in such settings, focusing on approaches and experiences in the MENA region.

VIEW RECORDING

Featured Speakers:

  • Shadi Saleh, PhD, MPH, Founding Director, Global Health Institute (GHI), Professor of Health Systems and Financing, the American University of Beirut (AUB) (Lebanon)

Facilitator:

  • Theresa Farhat, Ph.D., Refugee Health Program Coordinator, Project Coordinator – PrOTeCT, Global Health Institute (GHI), the American University of Beirut (AUB) (Lebanon)

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

Psychiatry Consultation Liaison at AUBMC: Thinking Outside of the Box
October 13, 2021 3:00 PM Beirut Time
Beirut, Lebanon

VIEW RECORDING

VIEW PRESENTATIONS HERE

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.


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.

NEWS

Gulf Medical University Academic Health Center (GMU) issued a press release on the 2022 AAHCI MENA Regional Meeting. View it here.


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

Contact

If you have questions or comments, please contact:

Regional Office Manager
Yumna Maalouf, MPH
Executive Administrator
AAHCI MENA Regional Office
Saab Medical Library Bldg., 3rd Floor, Room 320
Tel: +961 1 350000 ext: 4704
ym08@aub.edu.lb

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

MENA Regional Members

Bahrain:
  • Arabian Gulf University
Lebanon:
  • American University of Beirut Medical Center
  • Lebanese American University
Qatar:
  • Hamad Medical Corporation
  • Sidra Medicine
Turkey:
  • Bezmialem Vakif University
UAE:
  • Gulf Medical University Academic Health Center
  • Khalifa University: College of Medicine and Health Science
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Sheikh Shakbout Medical City
  • University of Sharjah