American Univesity of Beirut

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​Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, the 16th president of the university, assumed office on September 1, 2015. During his tenure as president of AUB, the university has risen dramatically in global rankings: from 801 (in 2015) to 490 (in 2021) in the US News list of Best Global Universities; from 501 (in 2016) to 301 (in 2021) in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings; and from 250 (in 2015) to 242 (in 2021) in the QS World University Rankings.

AUB's academic and research reputation has also grown and is reflected in its dramatic rise in both the QS (from 501 in 2016 to 305 in 2021) and US News (from 554 in 2016 to 423 in 2021) rankings of universities' academic and research reputation.

Other highlights of recent years include Khuri's leadership of the successful BOLDLY AUB fundraising campaign that has so far raised $654 million (as of June 30, 2021) for university priorities and attracted the single largest gift in AUB history; the reintroduction of academic tenure (in 2018); the implementation of a tobacco-free policy at the university and medical center (in 2018); the relaunch of AUB's global alumni association in 2019; and a new campus master plan and strategic plan for the university: VITAL 2030.

Prior to joining AUB, Dr. Khuri was a faculty member at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas from 1995 until 2002. In 2002, he joined the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia where he was appointed to the Frances Kelly Blomeyer Chair in 2002 and the Roberto C. Goizueta Chair in translational research in 2007. Khuri was instrumental in leading the development of several major cancer-related programs in the United States and was the principal investigator on a number of National Cancer Institute and American Cancer Society grants.

He has authored over 750 publications, including 385 peer-reviewed journal articles, 55 reviews, 45 editorials and perspectives in leading journals, 250 meeting abstracts, and over 15 letters, notes, chapters, and short surveys. He served for 10 years (2011-21) as editor-in-chief of Cancer, the oldest and one of the most prestigious journals in the field.

He has received numerous awards in recognition of his scholarly achievements including the 2006 Nagi Sahyoun Award of the Middle East Medical Assembly; the 2013 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award by the American Association for Cancer Research; TAKREEM's Scientific and Technological Achievement Award in 2015; and the 2018 Ben Qurrah Award, the World Health Organization's No Tobacco Award, and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer's Joseph W. Cullen Award, also in 2018. Khuri became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2014, a full member of the Lebanese Academy of Sciences in 2015, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2017.

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