Roula Husni-Samaha, M.D. - Infectious Diseases
Roula Husni-Samaha, M.D. is Head of the Division of Infectious Diseases and the Prevention Infection Control program at LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital. As a student she first discovered her passion for advancing medical knowledge through research; and today as a Clinical Professor at the LAU Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine that passion continues unabated. Recognizing that her contributions to the medical literature could help save the lives of many patients, Dr. Husni studied poorly-understood infections and fungal diseases from early in her career, then expanded the scope of her research to include multi-drug-resistant organisms and infections in immunocompromised patients.
After obtaining fellowship training and faculty appointments in Infectious Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Husni returned to Lebanon, where she directed her expertise to the medical challenges afflicting patients in her home country. As an investigator in a number of local and multi-center trials, she evaluates the efficacy of treatments for bacterial and fungal infections in various clinical settings. But she is also aware of the crucial link between the health of the individual and the health of populations, and she is committed to conducting high-quality epidemiologic research to characterize infectious organisms and drug-resistance patterns in Lebanon.
Finally Dr. Husni carries out the school of medicine’s educational mission by ensuring that medical students, residents, and physicians are versed in the highest standards of care for the treatment of infections. These standards follow not only international guidelines, but also local Lebanese guidelines - for which Dr. Husni herself has been an author and contributor.
Areas of Current Active Research
- Assessment of General Population Knowledge About Travel Medicine and Routine Adult Vaccination
- Appropriate Duration of Intravenous Treatment of Candidemia and Timing of Step Down to Oral Therapy in Non-neutropenic Patients: A Multicenter International study
- Resistance Patterns of Non-albicans Candida Species across Several Lebanese Hospitals
Research Partners and Collaborators
- Rima Moghnieh, M.D. - University of Balamand, Lebanon
- Ziad Daoud, M.D. - Hotel Dieu de France, Lebanon