American University of Beirut

Meet the Dean

​​​​​​​​​​​Meet Dr. Raymond Sawaya , Vi​ce President for Medical Affairs and Dean​

Dr. Raymond Sawaya has been appointed as Raja N. Khuri Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Vice President for Medical Affairs, at AUB, effective October 01, 2021, after being a Professor and the founding Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center since 1990. He was also the Director of the Brain Tumor Center at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Baylor College of Medicine (2005-2014).

On April 1, 2022, Dr. Sawaya has been appointed as Professor Emeritus, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Sawaya has received various awards, including the Joseph P. Evans Award in Neurosurgery at the University of Cincinnati, and the Charles Wilson Award from the National Brain Tumor Society. He has also served on numerous medical journals and is frequently requested as a national and international lecturer. He has published more than 300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, authored over 45 book chapters, and written and edited 11 books. Dr. Sawaya, who earned his MD from Université Saint-Joseph in 1974, is a noted leader in the field of neurosurgery with particular expertise in primary and metastatic brain tumors. He is renowned for his great strides in enhancing the accessibility and safety of brain tumor surgery.​​​

A Message From the Dean

"The Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut, has a long history of distinction. Our graduates have spread their excellence all over the world, and in particular, at our flagship teaching hospital, the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC). Despite the multitude of crises that our Country and Institution have faced in the recent past, it is most rewarding to see our world-wide ranking among over 1300 medical schools move upward, and for the first time this year (2023) reach the rank of 142. Equally notable is the performance of our students on the US National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) exams comparing favorably with their US counterparts, and the high matching rate of our graduates in US residency programs.Lastly, it is the dedication of our Faculty and Staff that is largely responsible for these extraordinary successes, and my gratitude is extended to all of them."​​​

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