Dr. Elias WarrakPresident of the University of Balamand
Elias L. Warrak was born in Tripoli, North Lebanon in 1965. He received his MD degree in 1990 from the American University of Beirut where he pursued further training in Ophthalmology until 1994 when he left to join the University of Texas, at Houston, to complete his advanced subspecialty training in Cornea, Cataract, and Refractive Laser Surgery. After finishing his clinical studies, he joined the University of Baylor where he graduated as Medical Director in Eye Banking.
Being the only certified eye doctor in eye banking, he was the founder and Medical Director of the National Eye Bank of the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health since the year 2000. Dr. Warrak held several academic and administrative positions.
On the National level, he was the President of the Lebanese Society of Ophthalmology, Founder and Board member of the National Organization for Organ and Tissue Transplant, Focal Point for the World Health Organization (WHO) for Vision 2020 program, President of the National Committee for Prevention of Blindness, and Ophthalmology Consultant to the Ministry of Public Health among other previously held positions.
At the international level, he is the representative of Lebanon in the World Council of Refractive Surgery, former President of the Middle East African Eye Bank Organization, Director of the Eye Health Plan of the Ministry of Health and the International Association for Prevention of Blindness (IAPB), and the Collaborating Regional Chair in Ophthalmology for the Eastern Mediterranean Region at the University of Maryland in the USA. He has many peer-reviewed publications in refereed journals and he is a reviewer and an editorial board member of esteemed journals.
He is the recipient of prestigious awards from internationally renowned organizations and institutions such as the Joint Commission International Accreditation Award for Quality and Management, the Best Medical Practice Certificate and Rose of Paracelsus Award, Socrates Award for Scientific Accomplishments, and the Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, among others.
Dr. Warrak was elected President of the University of Balamand on Friday, September 28th, 2018 in a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, under the Chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch John X.