American Univesity of Beirut

Dr. Khalife bestowed Grand Commander honor by president of Sierra Leone

Safa Jafari Safa, Office of Communications, communications@aub.edu.lb​​​​​​

AUB Professor Mohamad Jawad Khalife has been honored by Sierra Leone's President Julius Maada Bio as Grand Commander of the Order of the Republic of Sierra Leone. The most distinguished recognition in the republic was granted to Dr. Khalife “for his exemplary service to professional medical training and practice," according to a statement issued by the State House of Sierra Leone, the presidential office, last week.

“You have persisted at the cutting edge of medical practice in Lebanon and in the region as a whole," declared Dr. Patrick K. Muana, senior advisor to President Bio on Strategic Communication, addressing Khalife. Dr. Muana read a citation that recognized Khalife for “his outstanding leadership and unwavering commitment to transforming the health sector in [his] country and for sterling contribution to promoting excellence in medical research, training, and cooperation,"

“In public service as minister of health in successive governments in Lebanon, you provided peerless leadership in overhauling public healthcare service delivery by developing and managing an innovative health reform plan that 'guarantees a mandatory public national health insurance system to every citizen'," said Muana. “You were also instrumental in establishing a registry that oversees the quality and pricing of pharmaceuticals in Lebanon as well as launching the first-ever official National Cancer Registry."

The citation also commended Khalife for facilitating a program of affiliation between public hospitals and universities and educational institutions that significantly augmented the quality of healthcare delivery in Lebanon.

“In the world of academia, you are highly respected and cited, and your leadership is inspirational and highly sought after," continued Muana, who listed some of Khalife's received fellowships and honors. “Sierra Leone now salutes you for your achievements and your commitment to supporting the human capital development priority of our nation through training and research."

In addition to being professor of clinical surgery at AUBMC, Dr. Khalife is fellow of The American College of Surgeons; fellow of The Royal College of Physicians, UK; fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons, UK; Officer, Lebanese National Order of the Cedar (2004); and Commander, Lebanese National Order of the Cedar (2009). He chairs and is a member of numerous national and international academic societies.

In his turn, Professor Khalife thanked President Julius Maada Bio and expressed his high esteem toward the president's passion for the wellbeing of his people. After referring to the long history of friendship between Lebanon and Sierra Leone, he promised to further collaborate for a deepened partnership that would be of service to the citizens of Sierra Leone.

“Your Excellency, I am very grateful for this award from you and the people of this great nation," he stated. “I will do my best for a strong partnership that will be for the interest of this country." ​​​

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