Dr. Al-Chaer Elie

Dr. Al-Chaer Elie

Professor and Vice-Chair

Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut
Beirut, Lebanon

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Biography:

Education

1. 1985-1988: Undergraduate student, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Arts and
Sciences, American University of Beirut (AUB), New York Universities Board, Beirut, Lebanon
2. 1989-1991: Graduate student, Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut, New York Universities Board, Beirut, Lebanon
3. 1993-1996: Ph.D. student, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, Texas, USA
4. 1997-2002: Law Student, South Texas College of Law (STCL), Houston, Texas, USA

Academic positions:

Professional Work History

1. Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon
2. 2009-2013: Professor with tenure, Departments of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine (Division of Gastroenterology), Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Little Rock, AR, USA.
2. 2007(July): 09 Secondary appointment - Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, College of Medicine, UAMS.

3. 2005 (Mar): Member, Graduate School, UAMS.
4. 2004 (Sep): Director, Center for Pain Research, College of Medicine, UAMS.
5. 2004 (Sep): 09 Associate Professor (Tenure Track), Departments of Pediatrics, and Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, College of Medicine, UAMS.
6. 1999 (Jan.): 04 Associate member, Neuroscience Graduate Program, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Galveston, TX, USA.
7. 1999 (Jan.): 04 Associate member, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UTMB.
8. 1998 (Feb.): 04 Associate member, Marine Biomedical Institute (MBI), UTMB.
9. 1998 (Feb.): 04 Assistant Professor (tenure track), Departments of Internal
Medicine and Anatomy and Neurosciences; UTMB.
10. 1997 (Jan.): Assistant member, Marine Biomedical Institute, UTMB.
11. 1997 (Jan.) Post-Doctoral Fellow, UTMB (Wm. D. Willis, Supervisory Professor).
12. 1994-96: Pre-Doctoral Fellow, UTMB (Wm. D. Willis, Supervisory Professor).
13. 1993-94: Graduate assistant, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UTMB.
14. 1992: Instructor of “Biomechanics of Human Motion” at the Department of Orthopedics and Orthotics, Faculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut (AUB), Beirut, Lebanon.
15. 1992-93: Research Assistant, Faculty of Medicine, AUB.
16. 1988-89: Instructor of Mathematics for intermediate classes at a private high school, Lebanon.

Honors, Scholarships and Awards

Science related honors:

1. 2009: Plenary speaker, The Institute of Chinese Medicine Forum on Irritable bowel
syndrome: “When East Meets West”, Title of talk: “Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Tale of Sex, Drugs and Pain” The Golden Egg Auditorium, Hong Kong Science Park, Shatin, Hong Kong, China.
2. 2006:  Plenary speaker at the joint conference of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), Title of talk: “Neuroplasticity in visceral pain”, Cambridge, UK.
3. 2006: Plenary speaker at the joint conference of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG), Title of talk: “Neuroplasticity in visceral pain”, Cambridge, UK.
4. 2003: Plenary speaker, professional development course, the British Society of Gastroenterology
5. 2003: Plenary speaker, Spring Brain Conference, Title of talk: “The role of the dorsal
columns in pain states” Sedona, AZ, USA.
6. 2002: Invited speaker on “The art and science of visceral pain: from neonatal plasticity to adult perception” the Pain Research Center, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.
7. 2002: Invited to evaluate a $7.5 Million Program Project Grant and to speak on“Plasticity of visceral pain circuitry in adult rats with neonatal colon injury”, Pain Program, University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore, MD, USA.
8. 2000 The John C. Liebeskind Early Career Scholar Award, for exceptional accomplishment and promise in pain scholarship, American Pain Society
9. 1999: Outstanding Educator Award, Generalist Physician Investigator Program, UTMB
10. 1998: American Pain Society, Young Investigator Travel Award
11. 1997: The James E. Beall II Memorial Award in Anatomy and the Neurosciences
12. 1997: The Stephen C. Silverthorne Memorial Award for outstanding research in
neurology
13. 1996: The Mustard Seed Award in Research for outstanding research and service in
cancer pain, offered by the Sealy Society
14. 1995: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
15. 1990 Diana Tamari Sabbagh (DTS) Award for outstanding researchers in medical sciences

Law related awards:

1. 2001: Phi Beta Phi, International Legal Fraternity, Highest Grade award In International Law.
2. 2001: Who’s Who among American Law Students
3. 1999-2002: Dean’s Honor List, South Texas College of Law
4. 1999: Invited to write for Law Review, South Texas College of Law
5. 1997: Outstanding Academic Achievement (1st Term), South Texas College of Law

Other awards:

1. 1985: AUB scholarship for an outstanding undergraduate student

Research interests:

Neuroscience, pain, gastroenterology, gender differences and women's health.

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