Syrian Refugee Healthcare in Lebanon: Where Did We Go Wrong?


4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (networking to follow)

UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Genentech Hall, N-114
600 16th Street, San Francisco

The Arab Spring that started in Tunisia in 2011 with peaceful demonstrations turned into a full-scale civil war in Syria. More than 6 million Syrians are internally displaced and nearly 5 millions sought refuge in neighboring countries with the majority in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon. Refugees have basic needs in terms of food, shelter, education and healthcare. Healthcare management varies in the host countries depending on socioeconomic, sociodemographic and geopolitical factors. Healthcare management in Lebanon lacks structure and support due socioeconomic burden and lack of adequate of international funding, sociodemographic complexities and a deep geopolitical divide that paralyzes concerted efforts for effective healthcare management.

Dr. Zouhair K. Attieh

Dr. Zouhair K Attieh is coinvestigator on a research study on Syrian refugee healthcare in Lebanon in collaboration with the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Initiative at UCSF and UC Berkeley. He received his B.S. in Biology from the American University of Beirut in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation/Cleveland State University In 1998. Dr. Attieh served as a visiting post-doctoral scientist at the department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley from 1999-2001. He was appointed in 2001 as a lecturer in the Faculty of Sciences at the Lebanese University. In 2006, he accepted an assistant professor position at the American University of Science and Technology. Dr. Attieh was appointed in 2010 as Chair of the Department of Lab Science and Technology and joined the rank of Associate Professor in October 2011. In May 2013, Dr. Attieh was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Dr. Attieh played a major role in establishing the Faculty of Health Sciences at AUST and played a major role in developing curricula of majors offered by the faculty. He helped draft the graduate program leading to several post-graduate Specialty Certificates and the degree of Master of Science in Biotechnology. Dr. Attieh’s research interests include the elucidation of the role of iron regulatory proteins in immunity and disease including cancer. Dr. Attieh is a visiting scientist at UCB and collaborates with Dr. Chris Vulpe on iron trafficking in breast cancer. He has authored a number of research articles in high-impact journals including Science, Blood and Gut.