Dr. Amin Kazzi is a Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine & the Founding Former Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB). In 2010, he moved on to serve for 5 years as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the AUB Medical Center. In 2016, he was appointed as the official Advisor to the Lebanese Minister of Health his Excellency Wael Abu-Faour.
As a 1985 recipient of the President Bachir Gemayel Foundation Honorary Award, he had committed to acquiring knowledge and developing skills unavailable in Lebanon, and to bringing that home. So he did…
Dr Kazzi returned to Beirut in 2006 to establish the specialty of Emergency Medicine in Lebanon and establish the proper standards for excellence in delivering emergency medical care. Working with an exceptional team of stellar faculty he recruited and entored, Dr Amin Kazzi established an academic department of emergency medicine, the first in the Middle East, and 3 residency programs across Lebanon – including an American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) International-accredited Emergency Medicine program at AUB. This is one of 3 in the world.
Dr Kazzi completed his education (MD) at the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (MD 1988). He completed categorical residency training in Emergency Medicine in Detroit, Michigan (1991), at one of the first, best and largest specialist training programs in the USA. Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, he moved back to Southern California, where he practiced for 14 years as a faculty in the Emergency Departments of two of the main Level I Trauma & tertiary care centers: the University of California, Irvine & the Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Beverly Hills.
Dr Kazzi is internationally renowned in the field of Emergency Medicine for his leadership role conceptualizing, establishing and running for the last 18 years as Executive Chair and President the exceptional Mediterranean EM Congress, the premier multinational international conference for the specialty, as well as for his service in a variety of executive, academic and leadership roles in a number of professional societies.
This included service as President for the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), for the California Academy of the Emergency Medicine (CAL/AAEM) and the Lebanese Society for Emergency Medicine (LSEM). In 2014, he established the Mediterranean Academy of Emergency Medicine (MAEM), a regional multi-national professional society platform for the advancement of the field, the specialty, and the specialist in Emergency Medicine.
He authored more than 40 scholarly publications and has given more than 300 invited presentations across the world. He founded and published as Chief Editor two editions of the “Rules of the Road for Medical Students.” He also played a key role as founding Vice Chair for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Irvine, and as founding managing editor for the California Journal of Emergency Medicine (which later became the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine).
Dr Kazzi earned a number of key national leadership and recognition awards, the most important being the 2nd out of 3 recipients of the honorary designation as Master of the Academy of Emergency Medicine (MAAEM), the (European Society of Emergency Medicine) EuSEM & AAEM Founder’s Award, the AAEM International Leadership Award, the Resident Association Special RecognitionAward, the Robert McNamara National Academic Achievement Award, & the David Wagner Award for longstanding special national (US) impact in the specialty.
More recently, in September 2015, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine Board of Directors voted unanimously to rename its annual international leadership award “the Amin Kazzi International Emergency Medicine Leadership Award” in appreciation for his longstanding exceptional service and profound contribution to AAEM and to the international development of Emergency Medicine.
In addition to his full-time position at AUBMC, Dr Kazzi established, staffed and managed with his late spouse, Dr Maria Cristina Costin Kazzi, the first licensed Urgent Care Center in Lebanon, along with an ambulatory care center in the underserved region of Damour to attend to the medical needs of a region where such infrastructure was ravaged by the civil war and had not recovered. Providing service to more than 14,000 patients, the center has an affiliation with a major university medical center. As of February 2017, and after Dr Cristina Kazzi unfortunately passed away, Dr Kazzi assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer for DMC & as its Urgent Care Medical Director while still serving full-time as a Professor at the American University of Beirut.