American University of Beirut

Executive Master in Health Care Leadership Team

​​​Dr. Mohamad Alameddine

Mohamad Alameddine is currently an associate professor at the Department of Health Management and Policy at the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut (AUB). He also acts as the coordinator for the graduate public health program. Mohamad joined AUB in 2008 coming from the University of Toronto where he worked as a senior research associate and prior to that as Director of International Development at the Faculty of Medicine. Mohamad holds a Ph.D. in Health Management and Policy from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Public health from AUB. His main research interests are focused on studying health human resources, labor force dynamics, recruitment and retention practices and the quality of work environments. Mohamad has multiple publications in the field and is regarded as a regional expert on health human resources and quality of work environments. 

​Dr. Walid Ammar

Walid Ammar has been the Director-General of the Ministry of Public Health of Lebanon since 1993. Under his leadership, reform efforts led to significant improvement in health indicators while decreasing the GDP share of health expenditures mostly as a result of a meaningful reduction in households’ out-of-pocket spending (World Health Report 2010). Dr. Ammar is currently a member of the WHO Executive Board. He is also a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the Lebanese University; and a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Health Sciences- AUB. He has many publications, including two published books: “Health System and Reform in Lebanon” (2003), “Health Beyond Politics” (2009). 

​Dr. Marina Apaydin

​Marina Apaydin is an assistant professor of strategic management at the American University in Beirut and the Director of the Middle East and North Africa Regional Case Initiative. Dr. Apaydin holds a PhD degree in strategic management and innovation from the Western University (Canada),  an MBA in Finance and International Business and an MA in Islamic studies, both from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and a  MS in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) from the Leningrad Electrical Engineering University (LETI). Before moving to academia, Dr. Apaydin held the position of the Deputy Director for Management at UNESCO’s World Heritage Center in Paris. Dr. Apaydin has over 20 years of professional experience in finance, business consulting, and marketing in several industries across Europe, the Middle East, and the USA. She is the lead author of Contemporary Management, 2nd Middle East Edition published by McGraw Hill. Dr. Apaydin taught strategic management, innovation, international business, decision-making, change management, ethics, and business communications and delivered workshops on case writing, teaching, and learning to professors and students at several universities in Canada, Turkey, China, Egypt, and Lebanon. She also has published impact-factor academic and practitioner articles on this subject. Dr. Apaydin works and teaches in English, French, Italian, Russian, and Arabic. 

​Dr. Salim Adib

Salim Adib is a medically-trained epidemiologist, who obtained a Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) at the University of Michigan (Ann-Arbor, USA). He has been involved in various academic activities, research, community service and public consultation in Epidemiology and Public Health in the USA (1986-93), Lebanon (1993-5; 2002-10) and Kuwait (1995-2002). Between 2010 and 2012, he was the Manager of the Public Health Department of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (UAE), in 2013 he served as a Professional International Expert for a newly established NCD Department at WHO-East Mediterranean Regional Office in Cairo. Prof. Adib is a founding member of the Lebanese Epidemiological Association (LEA), the current Middle-East and North Africa Council Member of the International Epidemiological Association (IEA), a member of the “Association des Epidémiologistes de Langue Française” (ADELF), and of several 2 | P a g e other professional and Public Health organizations. He heads the Examination Committee of the Arab Board for Community Medicine. Prof. Adib is an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health at the UAE University Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences in Al-Ain (since 2011) and the Faculty of Public Health of the Lebanese University (since 1994). Since 2014, he has been serving as Professor of Public Health at the Faculty of Health Sciences, AUB.

Dr. Monique Chaaya

Dr. Monique Chaaya is currently a professor and chair at the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut. She is a 1999 graduate of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Dr. PH in Mental Heath. Her main research interests focus on two priorities in public health namely mental health and tobacco control. She conducted research studies on the mental health of vulnerable populations, specifically on pregnant women, prisoners of war, displaced and older adults in underprivileged communities. She also validated in Arabic three mental health scales, one of which is the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS). In 2011, she received an R21 NIH grant to study the prevalence of dementia in Lebanon. This study is done in collaboration with research institutions in Denmark (Rigs Hospitalet, University Hospital of Copenhagen) and the UK (King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry). As an epidemiologist with strong quantitative skills, she maintained an active collaboration with colleagues in the Faculty of Medicine. 

Dr. Fadi El-Jardali

Fadi El-Jardali is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Systems, Director of the Knowledge to Policy (K2P) Center; Co-Director of the WHO Center for Systematic Reviews in Health Policy and Systems Research (SPARK); Research Program Director for the Research, Advocacy and Public Policy (RAPP) Program in the Arab World at Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs; Co-Director of the Nodal institute at The American University of Beirut. He is an Associate Professor (part-time) at the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McMaster University in Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Carleton University in Canada. His research activities, publications, and interests are focused on health policymaking, health management, knowledge translation, governance, performance reporting for health systems and organizations, quality of care, accreditation, patient safety, and human resources for health. He led several multi-country initiatives and projects in several countries and regions. He has published more than 50 articles in international and regional peer review, high impact factor journals in addition to book chapters and a book. He has worked and held senior positions with policy analysis related organizations such as the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (as Hospital Consultant), Federal department of health / Health Canada (as Senior Policy Advisor) and the Health Council of Canada (as Health Economist and Program Manager). Fadi is a recipient of the Global Health Leadership Award and was elected to the Board of Health Systems Global Society. He is a recipient of the Fellowship on Evidence-Informed Policy from the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research. He is the founding member of the MENA Health Policy Forum and a member of its board of trustees. He is an Associate Editor for BMC Health Services Research Journal and also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the Health Policy and Planning Journal. He is a member of the Global Steering Committee for the WHO Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet) He is an appointed member of the Wellcome Trust Joint Health System Research Initiative Committee. He is a certified accreditation surveyor with Accreditation Canada and a certified ISQUA surveyor with the International Society for Quality in Healthcare.

​Dr. Isaac El-Mankabadi

Isaac El-Mankabadi graduated as a Dentist and got his Master in Public Health from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He holds other academic degrees from Cairo University and the University of York in the UK. Since 2001, Dr. El-Mankabadi worked in reforming health care systems in many countries within the MENA region as Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Libya. He worked for seven years as the Business Manager for the Family Health Fund - the body responsible for financial reform within the Health Sector Reform Program (HSRP) in Egypt. In 2009 and 2010 he worked as the Team Leader to the Health ​System Modernization Programme (HSMP) in Syria and Advisor to the Minister of Health in health reform issues. In 2013 and 2014 He worked as Health Economist and Team Leader to the Libyan Health Systems Strengthening Programme (LHSS). Furthermore, he carried out short term missions in Syria and Yemen. He is currently teaching a course “HCM 742: Financing and Insurance Schemes” as a part of the MBA program at the Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria. His main experiences are in Health Care Financing, Health Insurance, Monitoring & Evaluation, Public Health, and Health Care Management. He worked closely with local counterparts, donors and international organizations, including the EU Delegations, USAID, the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the African Development Bank, WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, IMC, MSF, ICRC, and the Aga Khan Foundation. He actively participated in the development and design of strategic plans of health reforms in Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Libya. El-Mankabadi has extensive experience in Performance-Based Financing (PBF), social protection and identification of the poor, management of health care institutions, planning, training, execution, and analysis of Health Economics researches. He has studies and publications in costing of the health care services, Health Insurance, National Health Accounts, economic evaluation, surveys, and financial sustainability.​


Dr. Hassan Ghomrawi​

Dr. Ghomrawi is a surgical outcomes researcher and health economist with interests in appropriateness of surgical care, decision making and cost effectiveness analysis, patient expectations, global surgery, and the use of wearable technology. His research aims to challenge and improve upon, current clinical practices. He has received multiple NIH grants, and have published 60+ articles in some of the most prestigious medical and surgical journals. Areas of clinical interest include mainly general pediatric surgery, orthopedics, and urology. Currently, Dr. Ghomrawi has appointments both at Northwestern University and the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.​

​Mr. Mohammad Ali Hamandi

Mohamad-Ali Hamandi holds a B.S. in Nursing and a Master of Public Health concentration Hospital and Health Administration. He is the Assistant CEO - Director of Strategic Management and Quality of Makassed General Hospital. He also is a Lead Auditor, trainer, and consultant for quality and management for many hospitals including ISO and accreditation (Gates). He holds many other positions such as Consultant for WHO, UNDP, and UNEP, Secretary of the Arab Hospital Federation, Member in the administrative board of the Syndicate of Hospitals, Lebanese Healthcare Management Association, National Committee for Health Tourism, High Consultative Committee in the National Social Security Fund, and many other professional organizations. He has been a lecturer in many universities and was given the title of “champion” for patient safety from WHO and the World Alliance for Patients’ Safety. He is a Member of the Expert Working Group on Patient Safety Curriculum with WHO Geneva representing EMRO. He is a co-author of: “Quality Management and Accreditation” - published by the Syndicate of Hospitals in Lebanon, “Disaster Management” by WHO - Lebanon, “Patient Safety Curriculum Guide” by WHO - Head Quarter - Geneva, Compendium of Technologies for Treatment/Destruction of Healthcare Waste - UNEP – Osaka – Japan.

​Ms. Leila Khauli Hanna

Leila Khauli is a full-time instructor at the Olayan School of Business at the American University of Beirut since the year 2000. She holds a Masters of Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing and Econometrics from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Ms. Khauli has taught courses at the Undergraduate and Graduate level in the fields of Marketing and Economics. She has introduced and coordinated several highly specialized courses at the school and was nominated three times for the teaching excellence award at AUB. Her research interest lies in how brands are adopting digital strategies in the region. Ms. Khauli is also a Communication Consultant and has worked with local and regional brands specializing in Brand Strategy. She conducts workshops and lectures on digital branding and developing social media presence for local brands.

​Dr. Kassem Kassak

Kassem Kassak is an Associate Professor of Public Health Practice in the Department of Health Management and Policy, and currently the director of the “Executive Master in Health Care Leadership” offered at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is an instructor of Management, Planning, Quality and Performance Improvement in Health Care Organizations. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration and an MPH from AUB. He is a WHO and World Bank consultant on health management, capacity building and human resources for health. He also served as an advisor to several local and international health care organizations on strategic planning and Management. He led several projects on performance measurement and improvement as well as monitoring and evaluation in health care settings and institutions. His research interests are on the evaluation of health systems especially in the areas of providers of healthcare, utilization of health services, and health outcomes. He initiated and coordinated several capacity development programs in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, KSA, Kuwait, Qatar and UAE.

Dr. Rashad Massoud

M. Rashad Massoud, MD, MPH, FACP is a physician internist and public health specialist internationally recognized for his leadership in global health care improvement. He is Chief Medical and Quality Officer and Senior Vice President of the Quality and Performance Institute at University Research Co., LLC (URC), leading URC’s quality improvement efforts in multiple countries to deliver better results in global health priority areas. He is an Inaugural Member of the International Academy for Quality and Safety. He is Immediate Past President of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Alumni Association. He has traveled to 91 countries and worked with 102​.

​Dr. Yusuf Sidani

Dr. Yusuf Sidani (Ph.D., CPA) is a Professor of Leadership and Business Ethics at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business, The American University of Beirut where he currently chairs the Management, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship Track. His teaching experience includes business ethics, leadership, fraud prevention and control, and organizational behavioral courses in the undergraduate, MBA, and EMBA programs. He is an alumnus of AUB earning his undergraduate degree in 1985 and has a Ph.D. (1993) in organizational behavior from the University of Mississippi, and an MBA (1987) from Indiana University. Dr. Sidani’s research focuses on business and employee ethics, gender and diversity in organizations, and employee values and behaviors with a special interest in the Middle East region. His research appeared in leading international peer-reviewed academic journals such as Business Ethics Quarterly, the Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of World Business, and the International Journal of Human Resource management. ​

Dr. Vito L. Tanzi

Vito L Tanzi. Ph.D., JD, MPH, is a Health Economics Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management/Faculty of Health Sciences of the American University of Beirut. He teaches courses in health economics, bioethics and health accounting & finance. He is also the Financial Vice-President of the Hammoud Hospital University Medical Center and Managing Director of USA Direct Response, a consulting firm. He has previously worked for the World Bank, Abt Associates, Battelle, Medtap International, Covance, and the George Washington University Medical Center. Dr. Tanzi is fluent in English, Italian, and French and has a working knowledge of Spanish and Arabic. Dr. Tanzi earned his Ph.D. in health economics from Johns Hopkins University. He also earned his law degree (JD) from Concord University School of Law; and an MPH in International Health Administration from Boston University. He completed his undergraduate degree in Economics from George Washington University. 

​Dr. Hani Tamim

Dr. Hani Tamim has received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon in 1994. His Masters of Public Health was obtained from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA in 1995. In 2003, he finished his Ph.D. from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with his dissertation on the effect of antidepressants on the risks of cancer development. Moreover, Dr. Tamim was enrolled in two years post-doctoral fellowship from the University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with his major project being the effect of Proton Pump Inhibitors on the risk of gastric cancer. In 2005, he then took a post at the College of Medicine and King Abdullah International Medical Research Center at King Saud bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as an assistant professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Since 2011, he has been working at The American University of Beirut as an associate professor, mainly directing the biostatistics unit at the Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Tamim’s research interests include cancer research, pharmaco-epidemiology, research methodology, case-control studies, as well as statistical analyses of epidemiological data. Dr. Tamim’s publication record exceeds 160 publications and includes different disciplines, such as cancer, surgery, critical care, obstetrics and gynecology, quality of life, nephrology, pediatrics, as well as other methodological papers. More specifically, his cancer publications are related to the effect of different drugs (antidepressants, antibiotics, warfarin, acid-suppressive drugs, etc.) on cancer development (breast cancer, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, gastric cancer, urogenital cancers, etc.).

​Mr. Joe-Max Wakim

Joe-Max Wakim is currently the Acting IT Director of the Medical Center Processes and Systems Department at the American University of Beirut Medical Center. He also acts as an instructor for the Health Information Systems course, AUB graduate public health program. Joe-Max joined AUBMC as a Biomedical Engineering in 1994 after graduating from Imperial College London, UK. He was instrumental in initiating clinical services such as electrophysiology and stereotactic neurosurgery programs and participated in a number of associated publications. He joined the IT department in 2002 to focus on the delivery of Health IT solutions. He holds a Masters in Biomedical Engineering, a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Informatics and is a Certified Professional in Health Information Management Systems (CPHIMS). With over two decades of Biomedical and Health IT experience, his major interests and passions are now focused on the delivery of innovative medical IT solutions and services to healthcare professionals and administrators in support of high-quality patient care. He serves on the AUBMC IT Steering committee, the Hospital Information System core team, the Clinical Informatics, and Medical Records Committees.

​Dr. Nasser Yassin

Nasser Yassin is the Director of Research at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs and a professor of policy at the Health Management and Policy Department at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He holds a Ph.D. in Development Planning from University College London, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MSc and BSc from the American University of Beirut. His research interests are within the area of policy science, with emphasis on understanding the making as well as the implementation of health and social policies. His current research is looking at how various stakeholders, civil society actors, and community groups can play a role and can influence the making and implementation of social and health policies with emphasis on countries in a context of uncertainty and transition. Dr. Yassin is an international trainer and facilitator on subjects related to policy and planning such as ‘decision-making processes’, ‘stakeholder analysis’, ‘leadership’ and ‘policy integration’ with experience in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Malaysia, Yemen, the UAE, and the UK​.​

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