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

Dr. Zeinat Hijazi was appointed as the Interim Dean of the LAU Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine on February 29, 2016. Dr. Hijazi is a Professor of Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology.

Dr. Hijazi joined the LAU School of Medicine in 2007 as Assistant Dean for Medical Education and became Associate Dean for Medical Education in 2011. Dr. Hijazi is the one who initiated and developed the first integrated curriculum in Lebanon, for our LAU School of Medicine, based on critical thinking, problem-based learning with early exposure to clinical patients. In addition, she initiated new methods in teaching such as Simulation and Standardized Patients, as well as new assessment tools, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), and others.

Dr. Hijazi has a longstanding career in pediatrics and medical education. Before joining the Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine and after more than 12 years of pediatric practice in the United Kingdom, Dr. Hijazi held the position of Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Kuwait University Medical School, where she was instrumental in moving the School from the traditional to modern Integrated curriculum through introducing major changes in the teaching program towards a new case-triggered and outcome-based curriculum. In parallel, and as a Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Hijazi initiated the first Pediatric Asthma Clinic in Kuwait and was first to publish on RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) infections in children in a desert country as well as on gene mutation in Kuwaiti asthmatic population.  

Dr. Hijazi graduated from Cairo University School of Medicine. She subsequently had twelve years of training in the United Kingdom where she obtained her higher specialized qualifications: DCH, MRCP, FRCP, MRCPCH, FRCPCH.

Dr. Hijazi is well published and well-acknowledged and has been an examiner for the highest degree in Pediatrics for the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health in Britain since 1997. Dr. Hijazi is a member of the International Consultative Board of the only International Congress on Pediatric Pulmonology in the world (the CIPP) and also the chairperson and judge of the CIPP Abstract Selection Committee since year 2000.


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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