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Michel E. Mawad, M.D.

  • Dean
  • Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
  • Lebanese American University

sola-bahous-small.jpgSola Aoun Bahous, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Associate Dean for Medical Education
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
  • Lebanese American University

Dr. Aoun Bahous is a Professor of Medicine, a clinical Nephrologist and an educator. She joined LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine in 2008 as founding member and is currently the Associate Dean for Medical Education.

Dr. Aoun Bahous obtained her M.D. degree from the Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences in 1995. Following her graduation, she completed her residency training in Internal Medicine and then her fellowship in Nephrology at the Lebanese University. Subsequently, she pursued a specialty fellowship in Hypertension and Hemodynamics at Broussais Hospital, France, and then obtained a Master degree in Cardiovascular Pharmacology from Claude Bernard Lyon university in 2000. Afterwards, Dr. Aoun Bahous joined the Ph.D. program in Cardiovascular Pharmacology at Pierre and Marie Curie in France and obtained her degree in 2005. 

In addition to her clinical experience in Nephrology and Hypertension, Dr. Aoun Bahous has a demonstrated work history in higher education. She contributed to curriculum design, instruction and assessment at the Medical School of the University of Balamand and then she joined the Lebanese American University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine in 2008 as founding member and coordinator of the Nephrology module and the Pharmacology discipline. She was then appointed as Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs in 2011 and she championed the planning, design and implementation of the clinical curriculum. Dr. Aoun Bahous joined experience to expertise when she obtained her Master of Health Professions Education degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017. She was appointed as Associate Dean for Medical Education in September 2019, in charge of the undergraduate medical education program. Since she joined the school, she has made many contributions and initiatives at several levels: 1) curriculum design, where she introduced a new course on fundamental knowledge of Artificial Intelligence, 2) teaching, through the initiation of a flipped classroom instruction model, and 3) assessment, where she designed and implemented a robust workplace-based assessment.    

Rajaa-Chatila-Alayli.jpgRajaa Chatila Alayli, M.D.

  • Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Division of Gastroenterology
  • Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
  • Lebanese American University

Dr. Rajaa Chatila graduated from the American University of Beirut with a medical degree in 1993. She completed her Internal Medicine residency in 1996 and her Gastroenterology fellowship in 1999 at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA. She earned an American Board certificate in Internal Medicine in 1996 and later in Gastroenterology in 1999.

Dr. Chatila has received several honors and awards including but not limited to President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Performance and Scholastic Achievements in 1996 and Teaching Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine and Exceptional dedication to Medical Teaching in 1996.

Dr. Chatila has a long career in Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology and Medical Education. Following her return to Lebanon in 2000, she joined the Makassed General Hospital where she had the opportunity to teach medical students and residents from the Beirut Arab University and Lebanese University.  At the same time, she was appointed as Associate Physician in Gastroenterology division at the American University of Beirut in 2000. She became head of the GI division at Makassed General Hospital from 2003-2006 and was a member of several hospital and administrative committees including but not limited to Scientific Committee and was elected as Vice President of the Medical Staff Committee. She also headed the Research and Ethics Committee and formalized the “Residents’ Research Day” where graduating residents in all fields presented a research study they had undertaken. This activity became a requirement for completing residency training. She was appointed as Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology attending at Rafic Hariri University Hospital in 2005 where she was assigned the task of overseeing AUB residents rotating at RHUH.  In 2006 she joined the medical staff at Clemenceau Medical Center where she practiced till 2008.  From 2008 till 2009, she also joined the medical staff at Fouad Khoury Hospital where she was elected as the head of the Medical Staff Committee.

Dr. Chatila was appointed as Medical Staff in the Gastroenterology division at Rizk Hospital in December 2009 and Acting Head of GI division from 2010-2012.  She was appointed as Associate Professor of Medicine and Coordinator of the Gastroenterology Module at the Lebanese American University in 2010. In 2013, she was appointed as Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and in 2016 as Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the Lebanese American University.

Dr. Chatila has many publications and abstracts in International journals and has numerous presentations and lectures in various conferences and meetings. She was a member of the American Gastroenterology Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, the American Medical Association and is currently a member of the Lebanese Society of Gastroenterology where she previously served as a member of the scientific committee.  In the LOP she has served as a member of the jury evaluating alleged cases of malpractice.

Dr. Chatila is involved in many on-going original research projects on colorectal cancer, functional GI disorders and education.  She has several grants from LAU intramural funds and unrestricted grants from the pharmaceutical industry.

Vanda Abi Raad, M.D., MHPE

  • Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education
  • Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
  • Director, Clinical Simulation Center
  • Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
  • Lebanese American University


Dr. Abi Raad obtained her MD degree from Saint Joseph University in 1989.

Following her graduation from medical school, Dr. Abi Raad pursued her residency training in general anesthesia at the American University of Beirut until 1992 and then went on to do a fellowship in cardiovascular anesthesia until 1993.
In 2006, she received a Diploma in regional anesthesia from the Universite de Marseille, France. In 2011, this was followed by a diploma in ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia from the Lebanese University and the Universite of Rennes, France.
In addition to her clinical experience in the field of anesthesia, Dr. Abi Raad pursued expertise in medical educational whereby in 2010 she received a diploma in innovative techniques for university teaching from Saint Joseph University.
In 2015, Vanda received her Master in health professions education from the University of Illinois Chicago.
Dr. Abi Raad joined the LAU Medical Center - RH in 1994 as an attending anesthesiologist and the Lebanese American University School of Medicine in 2010 as associate professor of anesthesiology.
Dr. Abi Raad has served as the Co-director of the OSCE and simulation programs at LAUSOM since 2012 and became the Director of the Clinical Simulation Center in 2014.

Naji RichNaji Riachi, M.D.

  • Assistant Dean for Clinical Research
  • Head of the Neurology Division
  • Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
  • Lebanese American University

Dr. Riachi graduated with an MD degree from the American University of Beirut in 1986.
From 1986 until 1990, he did a postdoctoral fellowship in Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland Ohio. This was followed by a one-year residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland Ohio, and subsequently , by a residency in Neurology from 1991 through 1994 also at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland Ohio. He was appointed Chief Resident from 1993 through 1994.
Following his residency in Neurology, he subspecialized in Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology at the same institution from 1994 through 1996.
Dr. Riachi is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as a diplomate of the American Board of Epilepsy and Clinical Neurophysiology.
He has been an Associate Professor in Neurology at the Lebanese Amer ican University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine since 2010, and has served as the head of division of Neurology and coordinator of the Neuroscience programs.
Dr. Riachi is an active member in:
   1. American Academy of Neurology
   2. American Epilepsy Society
   3. Society of Neurosciences
   4. Lebanese neurological Association (executive committee) 

Dr. Riachi is a founding member of the Lebanese League Against Epilepsy and the past President of the same league from 2003 through 2005 .
Dr. Riachi is active in clinical research at the LAU Medical Center-RH and its affiliated institutions; he is currently an investigator in 11 clinical studies and is involved in numerous longitudinal clinical protocols.

Alain Sabri, M.D., MDH, FACS 

  • Assistant Dean for Faculty Recruitment
  • Professor and Chairman of the department of Otolaryngology
  • Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
  • Lebanese American University

Dr. Alain Sabri graduated from the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine in 1992. He subsequently pursued General Surgery residency training at Georgetown University Medical Center Washington DC, followed by a residency training in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland- Ohio.

Dr. Sabri then completed two sub-specialty fellowships in Head and Neck Cancer/Skull Base Surgery- Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery (1999-2000) and in Otology/Neurotology (2000-2001) at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Dr. Sabri holds a Masters degree in Hospital and Health Management from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires (affiliated with the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris).

Dr. Sabri began his professional career in 1999 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he served as Instructor/ Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, before joining the Mayo Clinic, Rochester- Minnesota as Assistant Professor. He was voted Teacher of the Year at the Mayo Clinic in 2003.

In 2004, Dr. Sabri joined the American University of Beirut Medical Center faculty as Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and was appointed as the Department’s Chairman in 2011. In parallel, Dr. Sabri served as AUBMC Associate Chief of Staff from 2012 till 2013.

Dr. Sabri then moved to the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi where he served as the founding Chairperson of the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery. He was promoted to the rank of Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, USA.

Throughout his career, Dr. Sabri was constantly involved in a busy medical and surgical clinical practice, teaching activities and research. He is a member of numerous professional societies and held leadership roles in several committees, panels and meetings. He has lectured extensively in Lebanon and internationally and presented instructional courses, almost on yearly basis for 20 years, at the American Academy of Otolaryngology and subsequently receiving the honor award from that Society in 2010. Dr. Sabri was also involved in numerous humanitarian medical missions in South American and the Middle East. He has published dozens of peer-reviewed publications in addition to Book Chapters

Dr. Sabri is American Board certified in Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery and is also American Board certified in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

 Tony Zreik, M.D.

  • Assistant Dean for Business Development
  • Professor and Chairman of the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
  • Lebanese American University

Dr. Zreik has a unique combined background both in OB/GYN as well as in business  administration.
He graduated from the American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine in 1986 and went on to do his residency training in the U.S. at Yale University from 1991-1994.
Following his residency training, he then pursued a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility also at Yale University from 1994 -1996.
Tony is a diplomate of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1998.
In addition, Dr. Zreik received his Master in Business  administration  from  the Ecole Superieure des Affaires (ESA) in 2005.
Dr. Zreik joined the Lebanese American University School of Medicine in 2008 and the LAU Medical Center - RH in 2009.
Since 2010, Dr. Zreik has served as the Chairman of the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the LAU School of Medicine.


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