American University of Beirut

Mission and Objectives


The Vascular Medicine Program (VMP) at AUB functions as a multidisciplinary unit that utilizes numerous clinical and research resources across campus, directed to promote vascular health and reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases in Lebanon and the region. We are particularly focused on actionable strategies developed through basic and translational research tightly coupled to high-impact advocacy initiatives.

To facilitate and enhance interfaculty collaborations aimed at public awareness, prevention, detection, and treatment of vascular diseases in children and adults in Lebanon and the Arab region.


The VMP has identified short and long-term objectives. The short-term objective is to, over a period of two years, lay the foundations and develop the mechanisms for academic cooperation among all participating entities. The long-term objective is the ultimate creation of an academic Center of Excellence in Vascular Health at AUB, linked to the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence under development as part of the AUBMC 2020 Vision.

While accomplishing its objectives, the VMP will:

  • Develop basic, translational, clinical, and population-based research programs among participant entities 
  • Increase awareness and educating physicians, trainees, and the public in regards to screening for and diagnosing vascular disease in children, adolescents, young adults and asymptomatic individuals 
  • Advocate for policy changes which promote vascular health, and also start organizing an annual AUB-hosted International Meeting on Vascular Biology and Health and joint academic and CME activities among participant entities. 

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