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The AUB community is grieved by the loss of retired professor of medicine, Dr. Nabil Nassar, who has been a dear colleague and friend to many, beloved among his students and patients. Dr. Nassar was 80 years of age.
A consummate professional and a stalwart of AUB and its medical center for most of his life, Dr. Nassar was beloved among his students and patients and was greatly admired for his exemplary service, gentle manner, his thoroughness and skills, and his caring and generous giving of his time to his patients and their families. He retired as professor in 2012.
Dr. Nassar graduated from AUB with a bachelor of science in 1961 and doctor of medicine in 1965. He completed three years of residency training in the Department of Internal Medicine, and was then selected by the AUB/Hopkins Exchange Committee to pursue fellowship training in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. During his formal training at Hopkins, he also obtained a Master of Public Health from its School of Hygiene and Public Health (1970). Upon his return to AUB in July of the same year, he was given two appointments as director of the University Health Services (UHS) and faculty member of the Department of Internal Medicine. He was also appointed as associate faculty member in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Dr. Nassar proficiently served at the helm of UHS, the “Infirmary," for more than 25 years until its restructuring in 1995, executing his duties with skill and integrity. He was widely admired and respected for his pioneering clinical work at the Infirmary, which became an organic part for the AUB community. Among his numerous contributions to AUB and its medical center, he established in 2004 the Executive Health and Travel Center and became its founding director.
As a member of the division of infectious diseases and the department of internal medicine, Dr. Nassar rose through the ranks to become professor of medicine in 1995. He served as the associate chairman of the department for more than three years until 2003. During this time he became the website coordinator and wrote with fondness on the history of the department. He published important papers on various tropical diseases with a focus on public and community health. In 2011, he was presented the merit award from the department of internal medicine, in appreciation and recognition of his life-long service and devotion to the academic and clinical missions of the department.
Dr. Nassar earned a great deal of experience abroad. He served as visiting physician at the university health services of Stanford University in 1969 and of Harvard University in 1970; a clinical assistant at London Hospital of Tropical Diseases in 1977; and a British Council Scholar/Senior Fellow in Infectious Diseases at the University of Manchester, UK (1976-77). He became editor-in-chief of the Middle East edition of the British Medical Journal in 1993, ably serving in this capacity for many years.
Dr. Nassar is survived by his wife Maria, daughters Nadine and Patricia, sister Hilda, and brother Khalil.