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Dr. Ousama Tabbara (Executive Director of Pharmacy) Visit to the School of Pharmacy

The School of Pharmacy at the Lebanese International University was honored to receive the Executive Director of Pharmacy at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) Dr. Ousama Tabbara on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. Dr. Tabbara has joined the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi in 2010. Prior to joining CCAD, Dr. Tabbara served as Director of Pharmacy Services Administration at King Fahad Medical City for 4 years. Dr. Tabbara also served at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center, Riyadh for 11 years as Clinical Pharmacist and Supervisor of the TPN Team and IV Room; he also served as Director of Pharmacies in Abu Dhabi Middle Region hospitals for 3 years. Dr. Tabbara is a graduate of King Saud University in 1984, completed his EMBA in 2014 and is Board Certified in Nutrition Support in 1997. He was a guest speaker at more than 100 symposia & seminars in topics related to Clinical Nutrition, IV Therapy, IT, and Quality Management. Dr. Tabbara had given more than 1000 presentations and has many publications in the field of TPN, Leadership and Quality Management.

Dr. Tabbara met our fifth year students and gave a brief talk about the pharmacy career and pathways, focusing mainly on the importance of pharmacy as a clinical profession. “Life is a network, if you do a good job market it” stated Dr. Tabbara. He highlighted on numerous paths and career areas a prospective pharmacist may elect to pursue. Dr. Tabbara advised all students to choose a pathway in pharmacy career, plan his/her coming 10 years accordingly, and earn more credentials in the selected field. Moreover, he emphasized the students to have a mentor in his/her life, to advise them. The meeting ended with a questions/answers session where students engaged with Dr. Tabbara in a very professional and interactive debate about the present and future status of pharmacy profession in Lebanon. The discussion was concluded by stressing on the importance of the role of fresh graduates in engaging and leading the change in Pharmacy profession and perception in Lebanon. After that, Dr. Tabbara joined the meningitis awareness campaign which was organized by the third year students, and he was impressed by the level of knowledge and communication skills of our students.