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Ali Abu-Alfa

MD, FASN, FAHA
Professor Adjunct; Chairperson and Professor, AUB-Department of Internal Medicine; Director, AUB-Human Research Protection Program; Director, AUBMC-Research Affairs Office

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Ali Abu-Alfa, MD, FASN, FAHA

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Biography

Dr Ali Abu-Alfa is a tenured Professor of Medicine, and Chairperson of the Department of Internal Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is the Director for the Human Research Protection Program at AUB, and for Research Affairs at AUB Medical Center. He joined AUB in 2010 after spending 2 decades at the Yale School of Medicine and remains Professor Adjunct at Yale in the Section of Nephrology. He led the Division of Nephrology and Hypertesion at AUB from 2010 to 2023.

He earned his MD degree from AUB in 1985, completed a residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University in 1990 and a fellowship in Nephrology at Yale in 1993. He is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine-Nephrology, is a certified hypertension specialist (AHSCP) and a Fellow of the American Heart Association and member of its hypertension council.

Dr Abu-Alfa is the immediate past Chair of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN)-Middle East Regional Board. He assumed the role of Chair of ISN Renal Disaster Preparedness Working Group in April 2023. He is a former member of the ISN Dialysis and CME committees and had completed a 3-year term as member of the KDIGO Executive committee in Dec 2018. He is the immediate past-President of the Lebanese Society of Nephrology and Hypertension.

Dr Abu-Alfa has been a strong advocate for peritoneal dialysis (PD) for over 25 years. He has been involved in ISPD in leadership roles since 2008, first as co-Chair of the North American Chapter then as founding and current Chair of the Middle East Chapter, in addition to serving on its various committees over the years. Most recently, he was instrumental in helping put together the successful bid for ISPD 2024 congress to be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (Sept 26-29), and is co-chair for the organizing committee and the scientific program committee.

In addition to his strong engagement in these regional and international nephrology circles, Dr Abu-Alfa continues to teach and mentor students, residents and fellows while pursuing his scientific interests in the areas of peritoneal dialysis, complex hypertension, chronic kidney disease, imaging issues in kidney patients including nephrogenic systemic fibrosis and use of gadolinium-based contrast agents. He is also very active in the sphere of research ethics, its regulatory and administrative frameworks, and protection of human subjects in research.

Education & Training

  • Trainee
    Yale University (2004)
  • Auditor
    Yale University (1996)
  • Clinical Fellow
    Yale University (1993)
  • Resident
    Northwestern University (1990)
  • Research Fellow
    Northwestern University (1987)
  • Intern
    American University of Beirut (1986)
  • BS
    American University of Beirut, Mathematics (1985)
  • MD
    American University of Beirut, Medicine (1985)

Activities

  • Chair, Middle East Regional Board
    Brussels, Brussels, Belgium 2021
    Chair, Middle East Regional Board
  • Council Member
    Brussels, Brussels, Belgium 2021
    Council Member
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect; Renal Disaster Preparedness Workgroup
    Brussels, Brussels, Belgium 2021
    Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect; Renal Disaster Preparedness Workgroup
  • Immediate Past President
    Beirut, Beirut Governorate, Lebanon (2018-2021)
    Immediate Past President
  • Member, Executive Committee
    Brussels, Brussels, Belgium (2016-2018)
    Member, Executive Committee
  • Founding President
    Brussels, Brussels, Belgium 2014
    Founding President
  • Conference co-Chair, 4th Peritoneal Dialysis conference of the North American Chapter of ISPD
    New Haven, CT, United States 2011
    Conference co-Chair, 4th Peritoneal Dialysis conference of the North American Chapter of ISPD
  • Clinical Researcher
    Beirut, Beirut Governorate, Lebanon 2010
    Clinical Researcher
  • Educator and Mentor
    Beirut, Beirut Governorate, Lebanon 2010
    Educator and Mentor
  • Attending Physician
    Beirut, Beirut Governorate, Lebanon 2010
    Attending Physician
  • Member, Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board
    New Haven, CT, United States (2010-2018)
    Member, Board of Directors and Medical Advisory Board
  • Member, Dialysis Advisory Group
    Washington, DC, United States (2008-2011)
    Member, Dialysis Advisory Group
  • Co-President, North American Chapter of ISPD
    Denver, CO, United States (2008-2011)
    Co-President, North American Chapter of ISPD
  • Annual Scientific Yale Fibrosis Symposium
    New Haven, CT, United States (2007-2015)
    Annual Scientific Yale Fibrosis Symposium
  • Symposium Chair - PD Frontiers
    Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (2007-2011)
    Symposium Chair - PD Frontiers
  • Update in Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology - COMGAN
    Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan, Russia 2003
    Update in Nephrology, International Society of Nephrology - COMGAN

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowInternational Society of Nephrology2023
FellowAmerican Heart Association2018
Best Doctors in America (Elected by Peers for Inclusion)Best Doctors in America2013
Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty InducteeAlpha Omega Alpha2011
Teacher of the Year AwardDepartment of Internal Medicine, American University of Beirut2011
FellowAmerican Society of Nephrology2006
Clinical Hypertension SpecialistAmerican Society of Hypertension / AHSCP2005
Nominated for Humanism in Medicine AwardYale School of Medicine2003
Department of Medicine Rambach Award for Best Overall Performance as a PGY1Northwestern University Medical School1988

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) - ISPD2024 CongressC0-Chair for the Local Organizing and Scientific Program Committees for the ISPD 2024 Congress. It is the bi-annual global congress for ISPD and is being held in Dubai, UAE from Sept 26-29, 2024 with the EMIRATES SOCIETY of Nephrology and Transplantation (EMANT) as the hosting organization. More information at https://ispd2024.com 2023 - 2024
International Society of NephrologyRenal Disaster Preparedness Workgroup2021 - 2023
International Society of NephrologyMiddle East Regional Board2021 - 2023
Lebanese Society of Nephrology and HypertensionImmediate Past President2021 - Present
Turkish Journal of NephrologyEditorial Board Member2021 - Present
American University of Beirut, Dean's Advisory Committee of the Faculty of Medicine and Medical CenterMember2020 - Present
Global Home Dialysis Summits, International Home Dialysis Roundtable CoalitionOnline via ZOOM2020 - 2021
Journal of Human HypertensionReviewer2020
Council on Hypertension, American Heart AssociationMember2018 - Present
Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO)Member2016 - 2018
International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis - Middle East ChapterPre-course with 6th ISN / Emirates Medical Association Nephrology Congress; Dubai, UAE2014
International Society for Peritoneal DialysisMiddle East Chapter2014 - Present
PLOS OneReviewer2012 - Present
International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis - North American Chapter and Yale University4th Peritoneal Dialysis conference, New Haven, CT2011
Peritoneal Dialysis InternationalEditorial Board Member2011 - Present
New England Journal of MedicineReviewer2011 - Present
Lebanese Medical JournalReviewer2010 - Present
European Journal of Internal MedicineReviewer2009 - 2010
American Journal of Medical SciencesReviewer2008 - 2013
eMedicine CME Case Presentations (Nephrology)Member, Editorial Board2008 - 2011
EMedicine Case SeriesReviewer2008 - 2010
Annual Scientific Yale Fibrosis SymposiumCo-Organizer2007 - 2015
Clinical Journal of the American Society of NephrologyReviewer2006 - Present
The Scientific JournalEditorial Board Member2005 - 2011
Clinical NephrologyEditorial Board Member2005 - 2009
Peritoneal Dialysis InternationalReviewer2005 - Present
Journal of Bone and Mineral ResearchReviewer2004
Clinical NephrologyReviewer2004 - Present
Kidney InternationalReviewer2004 - Present
American Journal of Kidney DiseasesReviewer2002 - 2012
Journal of the American Society of NephrologyReviewer2000 - 2008

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