Dr. Samer Jabbour, of the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) at the American University of Beirut (AUB), was elected as a governing councilor, representing the International Health Section at the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Dr. Jabbour's election came as an acknowledgment of his contributions in international health. "It's an honor to represent the dynamic International Health Section at APHA's leadership level and to contribute to APHA's international work towards advancing global health," said Jabbour. “As a member of FHS/AUB, I hope to bring in the perspectives and issues from this region and from our global networks to the attention of the APHA," he added.
Dr. Jabbour pursues dual work in public health as an associate professor of practice in the Faculty of Health Sciences, American University of Beirut, and in medicine as a cardiologist. He focuses on regional and international collaborations, managing several large initiatives. He leads the “Public Health in the Arab World" initiative (see book of same title, Cambridge University Press, 2012, which was “highly commended" at the 2012 BMA Medical Book Awards). Dr. Jabbour also co-led “The Lancet Series on Health in the Arab world: a view from within" published in January 2014. His current area of focus is health and armed conflict. He is a co-chair and convener of the “Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria: Health in Conflict" and is founding member of a global network of researchers and advocates working to advance the field of study and practice of health and armed conflict.
Dr. Jabbour completed a medical degree (MD) at Aleppo University Faculty of Medicine (Syria) and a master of public health (MPH) degree at Harvard School of Public Health (USA). He trained in internal medicine at McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern University and in cardiology at the Lown Cardiovascular Center and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School.