Fall Seminar: Managing Lebanon Healthcare Through Economic Hardship and Beyond

LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital, Auditorium, Bldg. D, 6th floor

This event, organized by the School of Pharmacy and LAU Medical Center-Rizk Hospital under the patronage of the Ministry of Health, aims to put forward an action plan with the help of experts in health economics as well as key decision makers in the healthcare industry. It responds to the urgent need for immediate and short-term solutions to ensure not only equitable allocation of healthcare services but also that the total investment in medicines remains affordable, for the sustainability of the public and private healthcare sectors.


Time Topic Presenters
9:00 a.m. Welcome Coffee
Opening Session
Michel E. Mawad, MD
President, Lebanese American University
9:05 a.m. Healthcare for ALL: The Impact of the Economic Crisis Omar Dabbous, MD, PhD
Vice President, Gene Therapies, Novartis, Chicago, USA
9:25 a.m. Healthcare Coverage and Sustainability in Public Sector Lt. Col. Habib Abdo, PharmD, MBA, MPS
Head of Central Military Laboratories
9:40 a.m. Strategies to Sustain Healthcare  in Private Sector Sola Bahous, MD, PhD
Dean, Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine
9:50 a.m. Ethical Implications on Allocation of Resources Naser Alsharif, PharmD, PhD
Dean, School of Pharmacy, LAU
10:00 a.m. Potential Contribution of the Private Sector and International Community in Supporting Access to Care Shadi Saleh, PhD, MPH
Director, Global Health Institute and Professor of Health Systems and Financing
10:20 a.m. Panel Discussion: Invited Guests from the Local Health System Moderator: Soumana Nasser, PharmD, MHEPE
Chair, Pharmacy Practice Department, School of Pharmacy, LAU
11:20 a.m. Closing Remarks  


Those interested in attending are kindly requested to confirm their attendance by emailing