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 Youssef G Comair , M.D., FRCSC
Dean LAU School of Medicine, Professor of Neurosurgery


Dr. Comair did his undergraduate studies at College des Freres, Mont La Salle, Ain Saade, and graduated in Medicine from St. Joseph University. Dr. Comair’s post graduate training was varied and very exciting and enriching for him: externship, at Central Military Hospital, Lebanon; rotating internship, Sacred Heart Hospital, Lebanon; Research fellowship, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Iowa’s hospitals and clinics; Resident I-general surgery, University of Montreal hospitals; neurosurgery residency, Neurological Institute, McGill University and associated hospitals; chief residency, Montreal General Hospital; Chief Residency, Montreal Neurological Institute; research elective year, Lady Davis Research Institute, Montreal; and brain tumor and functional neurosurgery fellowship, Dr. William Feindel, Preceptor, Montreal neurological Institute.

Before joining LAU,  Dr. Comair held a number of important academic and administrative positions: Instructor Post Basic, Neurological Training program, McGill University; Assistant professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA); Head, Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program, UCLA;  Attending Neurosurgeon, UCLA Medical Center; Attending Neurosurgeon, UCLA Olive View Medical Center; Staff Neurosurgeon, Head, Section of Epilepsy Surgery, Department of Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation;  Chairman, Department of Surgery, AUB;  Hospital International Liaison, St Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston; Chief Neurosurgery Service, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston; Professor and Vice chairman, Department of Neurosurgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston;  Professor and Chief, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Neurosurgery, AUB Medical Center.

 During his medical studies and training, Dr. Comair was the recipient of many prestigious honors and awards: Neurosurgical Development Scholarship for Excellence, McGill University; Wilder Penfield Award, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University; McNaughton award, Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University; R.P.M. Donaghy Award for Cerebrovascular Research, New England Neurosurgical Society; Merritt-Putman Research Clinical Training Fellowship Award, Epilepsy Foundation of America; and Junior Investigator Travel Award, American Epilepsy Society. As well , Dr. Comair hold many prestigious certifications and diplomas: American Board of Neurological Surgery; ECFMG Certificate; VISA Qualifying Examination; Canadian Medical Council Evaluating Examination; Principles of Surgery Examination, Royal College of Surgeons of Canada; Federation Licensing Examination; ; Certificate of Specialist in Neurosurgery, royal college of Surgeons of Canada; Certificate of Specialist in Neurosurgery , Province of Quebec, Canada.

 To this rich and enriching background, Dr. Comair adds, to his credit, many seminal scholarly publications, important conference papers, and invited presentations. His research interests span a number of very important medical areas ranging from molecular biology and brain tumors to the effect of radiotherapy on the developing brain vascular system and vascular malformations. He is an active member of ten  professional societies, served on scores of important medical and administrative committees. He is an excellent teacher, a very prominent and capable brain surgeon, and above all, he has the highest ethical and professional standards. .

Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Dean for Medical Education, LAU School of Medicine

Dr. Hijazi obtained her medical degree ( from Cairo University Medical School. She received training in the United Kingdom, where she obtained a Diploma in Child Health (DCH) and MRCP degrees from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, and became a member and fellow of the UK Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (MRCRCH, FRCPCH).

After 11 years of pediatric practice in the UK, Dr. Hijazi joined the Medical School at Kuwait University as assistant professor in pediatrics and was promoted to associate, then full professor and chairperson. Dr. Hijazi has a longstanding interest in medical education. As chairperson of the Department of Pediatrics, she introduced major changes in the teaching program, with greater emphasis on patient-centered learning. Her accomplishments in pediatrics led to her active involvement in the implementation of a new case-triggered curriculum at KU. She was recently appointed professor of pediatrics and assistant dean for medical education at LAU, and chief of the pediatric service at Clemençeau Medical Center, Beirut. In addition, Dr. Hijazi has been an MRCP examiner for the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health since 1996. Dr. Hijazi has published extensively on issues relating to medical education, as well as on diseases of children, particularly childhood asthma and respiratory infections.

Pierre A. Zalloua, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine (Genetics) Assistant Dean for Research, LAU School of Medicine
Dean - Pharmaceutical Sciences Pharmacy Practice Adjunct Associate Professor, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Zalloua graduated from the American University of Beirut in 1987 with a B.S. degree in biological sciences. He earned his master’s from San Jose State University in 1990, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis in 1996. Dr. Zalloua completed research fellowships in genetics at the University of California, Davis (1996-1997), in molecular biology from Applied Biosystems (1997-1998), and in population genetics (1998-2001) from Harvard School of Public Health. He was an assistant professor then associate professor of medicine at AUB. Dr. Zalloua holds a dual appointment at LAU as associate professor in biological sciences and medicine. In 2007, he was appointed as adjunct associate professor of environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Zalloua is currently principal investigator for the “Genographic Project” (a grant from the National Geographic Society, 2006-2010) and the “FGENTCARD Project” (a research project from the European Union, 2007-2009).


Sola Aoun Bahous, M.D., Ph.D
Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs, LAU School of Medicine

Dr. Aoun Bahous graduated with an M.D. degree from the Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences in 1995. She completed her Internal Medicine residency program at Saint George Hospital/Lebanese University in 1997, and her nephrology fellowship at Rizk Hospital/Lebanese University in 1999, with selective rotations in hypertension at the University of Maryland Medical System, USA and the American University of Beirut. Dr. Aoun Bahous pursued her education in cardiovascular pharmacology at Claude Bernard University, France, where she joined the Masters Program together with a one-year specialty fellowship in Hypertension at Broussais Hospital, France, and received her M.Sc. degree in 2000. Dr. Aoun Bahous completed her Ph.D. degree in cardiovascular pharmacology at Pierre et Marie Curie University, France, in 2005. She joined the medical staff at Centre Hospitalier du Nord in 2000 and was appointed as Head of Hypertension Unit in 2004. Dr. Aoun Bahous was appointed as Pharmacology Course Director at Balamand University Faculty of Medicine in 2004 and participated in the development of pre-clinical and clinical courses for medical students. In 2006, Dr. Aoun Bahous was appointed as Coordinator of Clinical Education where she developed the clinical education program for Med III including new courses in medical education, such as medical ethics, clinical pharmacology, and quality improvement. She joined the Lebanese American University School of Medicine (SOM) in 2008 as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the pharmacology course, and was then appointed as Coordinator of student affairs and Director of the clinical research program at the SOM. in March 2011, Dr. Aoun Bahous was appointed Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs. Her research interest spans areas of hypertension and the function of the large arterial system, especially in renal transplant populations.

Roula Faour, B.S., M.B.A.
Executive Assistant/Budget
Office of the Dean

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