Carmel Bouclaous, PhD

Associate Professor
Director of Student Affairs
Social Medicine Discipline Coordinator
Advisor, LAU Medical Students Association & LAU Section-Lebanese Medical Students International Committee (LeMSIC)
National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)’s Executive Chief Proctor

Dr Bouclaous joined the school of medicine in 2015, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2023. She teaches social medicine, global health, and nutrition in the MD program, and serves as social medicine discipline coordinator. She is founding director of the social medicine and global health program at GME level. She served in 2023 as teaching faculty in the McGill Summer Institutes in Global Health.

Dr Bouclaous’ research focuses on the determinants of health, and health inequities among host and refugee populations. She has several peer-reviewed publications and ongoing projects. She is a review editor for Frontiers, editorial board member of Critical Public Health, and peer reviewer for several high-impact academic journals. She has been a full member of the World Association of Medical Editors for the past 10 years.

Other than her engagement in international research networks, she was invited in 2021 by the World Health Organization’s Enhanced Wellbeing Unit to serve on an expert panel for the assessment of population health literacy. She is completing a second term as member of the Research Committee of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health. Prior to that, she served for five years on the Standing Committee on Research Standards and co-chaired the Research Interest Group of the International Health Literacy Association. She has been on the scientific program advisory committee of several international conferences, taken part as speaker and session chair, and is regularly solicited as conference abstract reviewer. She has served as grant application reviewer for agencies in Switzerland and the United States among which the Institute for Healthcare Advancement

Dr Bouclaous serves on the first Board of Directors of the Lebanese Medical Students’ International Committee (LeMSIC), and heads the Medical Students’ Association (MSA) Advisory Council. At LAU, she is the advisor of medical students’ clubs since 2016, and supports them in organizing awareness campaigns and attending to the health needs of the most vulnerable. She oversees the LeMSIC-IFMSA student exchange program through which we host international students on professional or research exchange, and Med-Ex through which we welcome Lebanese medical students for observership. She is a member of the International Services Committee, a standing committee at LAU for student mobility, since 2015.

Dr Bouclaous serves as Director of Student Affairs, and the National Board of Medical Examiners’ (NBME) first Executive Chief Proctor for LAU. She has been instrumental in registering our MD program in the New York State Education Department, instituting NBME examination system at our school, and securing accreditation of our school through her work within the Accreditation Steering Committee.

Prior to joining LAU, Dr Bouclaous worked extensively in healthcare management. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), a Master of Public Health and a Master of Nutrition from the American University of Beirut. She completed a Master-Class in Science and Ethics (74 hours) at the Bioethics Center of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation (Paris). She is an LAU Faculty Fellow (cohort of Fall 2021 Faculty Fellows Program).

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