Souha Kanj MD

Professor of Medicine, Head Division of Infectious Diseases, Chair Infection Control and Prevention Program, American University of Beirut Medical Center

Souha Kanj is currently a tenured Professor of Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Lebanon and Consulting Professor at the Duke University Medical Center (DUMC), NC, USA where she also undertook her training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases (ID). She was an associate at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She founded the ID transplant program at DUMC before joining AUBMC where she is currently Head of the ID Division and Chair of the Infection Control Program.

She has published more than 200 manuscripts in international journals such as CID, Lancet ID, and JAMA. She has also been an invited author of numerous book chapters and UpTodate cards and is currently Principal Investigator on several research projects on Antimicrobial Resistant (AMR) Bacteria. She has contributed greatly to the work of the WHO in various programs, such as the R&D Blueprint Annual Review of Priority Diseases, the Global Infection Prevention and Control Network, and the WHO Priority Pathogens List for AMR Bacteria. She is on the board of the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (ISAC) and was the co-chair of the Stewardship Study group. She is a member of the Scientific Affairs Subcommittee of The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID).

Dr Kanj is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA), The Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (FECMM) and FESCMID.

In 2014, she was invited as a Visiting Scholar Professor at DUMC, and in 2018 at Radboud University Medical Centre (UMC), Nijmegen, Netherlands.

She is the recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout her career, including the Lebanese National Council for Scientific Research award in 2014, the Abdul Hameed Shoman award for researchers in the Arab world in 2017, and the Valkhof professorship from Radboud UMC in 2018.