Dr. Zahi Hakim has been practicing medicine for decades. He obtained his medical degree from St. Joseph University in 1956 before specializing in diagnostic radiology at the Institut Français de Radiologie, Hôtel-Dieu de France in Beirut. He went on to complete multiple rounds of training in France and Germany, won a fellowship in neuro-radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, and co-founded the School of X-ray Technologists at Notre-Dame du Liban Hospital in Jounieh.
Dr. Hakim also established the Medical Imaging Department at Rizk Hospital, now the LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, where he worked until his retirement in 2006.
Throughout his storied and successful career, Dr. Hakim has nurtured a unique hobby collecting antique X-ray tubes and accessories. He donated his massive collection, which goes back to the invention of X-ray technology in the 19th century, to the Lebanese American University’s Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine. The collection is being housed at the Chagoury Health Sciences Building on LAU’s Byblos campus.