BEIRUT: Dr. Souha Kanj Sharara, head of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the American University Medical Center, has been bestowed the Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers, for her outstanding research in the medical and health sciences category.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce that Dr. Souha Kanj Sharara has been presented the prestigious Abdul Hameed Shoman Award for Arab Researchers,” said AUB President Fadlo R. Khuri.
“Now in its 35th year, this award is presented annually to outstanding Arab men and women conducting scientific research in order to encourage young researchers. Dr. Kanj was selected out of more than 150 nominations in the medical and health sciences category,” he said.
Khuri added that “a recognized expert in the field of infectious diseases, Dr. Kanj has conducted important research and published on numerous topics in this field; but her main research focus was on hospital-acquired infection (HAI), and she is considered a global authority on Gram negative resistant pathogens. Despite limited resources, Dr. Kanj’s work has been of significant impact, tackling the problem of HAI from many angles, from understanding the epidemiology and risk factors, to prevention and treatment”.
“Under her leadership, AUBMC has witnessed the development of a state-of-the-art Infection Control and Prevention Program (ICPP) operating in accordance with international standards. The ICPP at AUBMC has focused on protecting patients and health care workers from health care-associated infections," he said.
“Her research in infection prevention and control has proved to decrease hospital mortality, hospital stay, and cost of hospitalization. Such findings promise to increase the quality of medical care and improve patient satisfaction, while decreasing the impact on the overburdened medical system. She was also asked to lead the work on susceptibility of new antibiotics against multi-drug resistant pathogens in the Middle East and North Africa region,” Khuri added.
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