Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)
Fouad M. Fouad

Fouad M. Fouad

Fouad M. Fouad

Associate Professor of Public Health Practice, Faculty of Health and Sciences, American University of Beirut
Co-Director of the Refugee Health Program at the Global Health Institute
Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London

Fouad M. Fouad, M.D, a general surgeon by training, is an Associate Professor of Public Health Practice at the Faculty of Health and Sciences at AUB and Co-Director of the Refugee Health Program at the Global Health Institute. Also, he is a Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London, UK. Fouad current research focuses on the forced displaced population with a special interest in the Syrian refugee crisis, as well as the impact of this crisis on the health and the well-being of the Syrian population. He has extensive research work on health workforces in humanitarian settings and the weaponization of healthcare in armed conflicts. 

Dr. Fouad is a Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on several projects related to health in protracted and armed conflicts and health systems in fragile settings. He served as a commissioner in two Lancet Commissions: the AUB-Lancet Commission on Syria and the crises in global governance, health and aid and the UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health. Dr. Fouad in author of more than 70 articles, Op-eds and reports published in top journals including the Lancet, PloS, BMJ, Conflict and Health, SS&M and NYT.




  1. Fouad FM, Barkil-Oteo A, Diab JL. Mental Health in Lebanon’s Triple-Fold Crisis: The Case of Refugees and Vulnerable Groups in Times of COVID-19. Frontiers in Public Health. 2020;8:1049.
  2. Honein-AbouHaidar G, Noubani A, El Arnaout N, Ismail S, Nimer H, Menassa M, Coutts AP, Rayes D, Jomaa L, Saleh S, Fouad FM (correspondent). Informal healthcare provision in Lebanon: an adaptive mechanism among displaced Syrian health professionals in a protracted crisis. Conflict and Health. 2019 Dec;13(1):1-1.
  3. Jamal Z, Alameddine M, Diaconu K, Lough G, Witter S, Ager A, Fouad FM. Health system resilience in the face of crisis: analysing the challenges, strategies and capacities for UNRWA in Syria. Health Policy and Planning. 2019 Oct 18.
  4. Alameddine M, Fouad FM (join first author), Diaconu K, Jamal Z, Lough G, Witter S, Ager A. Resilience capacities of health systems: Accommodating the needs of Palestinian refugees from Syria. Social Science & Medicine. 2019 Jan 1;220:22-30.
  5. Fouad FM, Sparrow A, Tarakji A, Alameddine M, El-Jardali F, Coutts AP, El Arnaout N, Karroum LB, Jawad M, Roborgh S, Abbara A. Health workers and the weaponisation of health care in Syria: a preliminary inquiry for The Lancet–American University of Beirut Commission on Syria. The Lancet. 2017 Dec 2;390(10111):2516-26.