American University of Beirut

Chairperson's Bio

​​​​Short Bio: 

Dr Ali Abu-Alfa is a tenured Professor of Medicine, and Head of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is the Director for the Human Research Protection Program at AUB, and for Research Affairs office at AUB Medical Center (AUBMC). He joined AUB in 2010 after spending 2 decades at the Yale School of Medicine. 

He was recently promoted to Adjunct Professor at Yale in the Section of Nephrology.

He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern and a fellowship in nephrology at Yale. 
He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine-Nephrology, is an AHSCP certified hypertension specialist, and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. He maintains an active specialized clinical practice at AUBMC with regional reaches.

Dr Abu-Alfa has remained strongly committed to academic career, focused on advancing nephrology as a specialty and on provision of excellent renal clinical care both when at Yale and currently at AUB. In support of the academic mission, he also serves as Director for the Human Research Protection Program at AUB. He remains actively involved in research and teaching.
In addition to his institutional commitment, Dr Abu-Alfa is very involved in several national, regional, and international nephrology organizations and has been steadily ascending the leadership ladder in a number of them. He is the current Chair of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) - Middle East Regional Board and is serving as an ISN council member. He is a current member of the ISN Continuous Medical Education committee and chair-elect of the ISN Renal Disaster Preparedness Workgroup. He is also the founding President of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) - Middle East chapter. He completed a 3-year term in Dec 2018 on the executive committee of KIDNEY DISEASE IMPROVING GLOBAL OUTCOME (KDIGO). Of note, KDIGO is the premier and sole global organization issuing widely accepted and used practice guidelines, consensus papers and controversies reports, relating to the entire spectrum of kidney diseases. He is also the immediate past-President of the Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension.

Dr Abu-Alfa has been a strong advocate for peritoneal dialysis (PD) for over 25 years. He has been involved in ISPD in leadership roles since 2008, first as co-Chair of the North American Chapter then as founding and current Chair of the Middle East Chapter. In addition, he has served on some of its committees over the years. Most recently, he was instrumental in putting together the successful bid for ISPD 2024 congress to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In preparation, he will be serving as the co-chair of the local organizing committee and chair of the scientific committee for the congress.



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