Nancy Falco Chedid, MD (On Leave)

Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of Student Affairs
Human Anatomy

Dr. Nancy Chedid’s career has straddled medicine and music, Boston and Lebanon, surgical practice and didactic teaching. She completed her M.D. degree at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. For two decades she practiced hand surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery at the hospitals of Harvard Medical School. With expertise in the management of difficult wounds in diabetic patients, she contributed to the definitive text on this subject, The Diabetic Foot. She collaborated on numerous interdisciplinary design projects with biomedical engineers in Boston, and she founded that city’s first networking and focus group for women surgeons and surgeons-in-training.

Dr. Chedid’s pre-med degree was a B.A. from Yale University, where she graduated summa cum laude with Honors in Music. As a medical student and as a resident in surgery, she sang with the choruses of the Baltimore Symphony and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She continues to give musical performances in support of LAU’s Medical Student Association, and she has lectured in the School of Arts and Sciences on the relationship between music and medicine. She is a frequently invited speaker at career and health-awareness forums for university and secondary-school students. Dr. Chedid is an avid writer of prose and in 2014 published the memoir Snow on the Barbecue, and Other Wonders of Everyday Life in Lebanon.

At present she devotes most of her time to the teaching of medical students — the best job in the world. Since arriving at LAU she has been a teacher of anatomy first and foremost, but she is also heavily involved in administrative work, simulation activities, surgical skills training, and interprofessional education. Additionally, in the fall 2020 she was appointed Director of Student Affairs. Currently Dr. Chedid is conducting research in three areas of study: surgical and comparative anatomy of the extensor mechanism of the hand; health-seeking behaviors among non-urban populations in Lebanon; and identification of the essential attributes of activities that motivate and inspire students during their undergraduate medical education.

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anatomy, hand surgery, surgical skills, surgical simulation, health-seeking behaviors, music and medicine