Fadlo, R. Khuri, MD, the 16th president of the university, was elected in March 2015 and assumed office in September 2015. Dr. Khuri was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, and holds the Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research. He also served as Deputy Director for the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Dr. Khuri was also appointed Executive Associate Dean for Research of the Emory University School of Medicine.
An AUB trustee and AUB former student, he has been a member of Naef K. Basile Foundation Board of Trustees since 2005, and a member of the Atlanta International School Board of Trustees since 2009. Dr. Khuri has chaired the AUB Medical School International Advisory Committee since 2010. He served as chair of the education committee of the Atlanta International School board of trustees.
Dr. Khuri was born in Boston, Massachusetts and brought up in Beirut, where he attended AUB from 1981-82. He moved to the US in 1982, and earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University, in New Haven, CT, and his MD from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York, NY. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Boston City Hospital, Boston, MA, and his fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Tufts-New England Medical Center. He was on faculty at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from 1995-2002 prior to joining Emory University and the Winship Cancer Institute (Winship) in 2003.
An accomplished molecular oncologist and translational thought leader, Dr. Khuri's clinical expertise and research are focused on the development of molecular, prognostic, therapeutic, and chemopreventive approaches to improve the standard of care for patients with lung and aerodigestive cancers.
Dr. Khuri’s AUB roots run deep. Both of his maternal great grandfathers graduated from AUB, Jirjis El-Khoury El-Makdisi obtaining his diploma from AUB in 1888, and Fadlo Hourani obtaining his diploma in 1894. His paternal grandfather, Najib N. Khuri, obtained his BA in Mathematics from AUB in 1910. His father, the late Raja N. Khuri graduated from college and medical school at AUB with high distinction, winning the Penrose Award, the University’s highest scholastic honor on both occasions (1955 and 1959). Raja Khuri served as Professor and Chair of Physiology (1968-78), Dean of the Medical School (1978-87) at AUB, and his family and friends endowed the Deanship of Medicine in his honor. Dr. Khuri’s mother, Soumaya Khuri, graduated from AUB with high distinction in Mathematics in 1959, before obtaining an AM from Harvard and a PhD from Yale University. Soumaya Khuri served in the Department of Mathematics from 1974-1986, departing as a full professor.