Kanj, Souha

American University of Beirut Medical Center

Souha Kanj is currently a tenured Professor of Medicine at the American University of Beirut Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon, and Consulting Professor at the Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA, where she also undertook her training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. Professor Kanj is extensively published, with more than 220 papers in national and international journals such as Mycoses, Infection, Lancet Infectious Diseases, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. She has also been an invited author of numerous book chapters, journal reviews, and UpToDate® cards and is currently Principal Investigator on research projects on topics related to antimicrobial resistance. Professor Kanj has contributed greatly to the work of the World Health Organization 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 Project for Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria. In 2020 she was appointed to serve on the WHO COVID-19 Guidance Development Group of experts. Professor Kanj is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Royal College of Physicians, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and the European Confederation of Medical Mycology. She is a member of the scientific affairs committee of ESCMID and was elected to the executive committee of the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy in November 2019. She has served on panels for international guidelines such as IDSA vertebral osteomyelitis and the recent ECMM global mucormycosis, and the rare yeasts guidelines. Professor Kanj received 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 in 2018 followed by an honorary degree in 2020 from Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen.