I am a doctor (cardiology) and a professor of public health practice at AUB. I served, on leave, as Director, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases & Mental Health at WHO EMRO (Egypt) between 2013 and 2015. I am Co-Chair of The Lancet-AUB Commission on Syria and founding chair of the Global Alliance on War, Conflict, and Health. I lead the Public Health in the Arab World initiative (see titular book, Cambridge University Press, 2012) and co-led the Lancet Series ‘Health in the Arab world: a view from within,’ published in 2014. I completed a medical degree at Aleppo University Faculty of Medicine (Syria) and a Master in Public Health (MPH) degree at Harvard School of Public Health.