Dr. Ghaleb Daouk ’79

Dr. Ghaleb DaoukDr. Ghaleb Daouk ’79 is a Pediatric Nephrology Consultant for Children’s Hospital Boston and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

After graduating from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Dr. Daouk earned his MD degree from the American University of Beirut, followed by a master’s degree in management of technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

As a post-doctoral research fellow of the American Heart Association at MIT, he cloned the gene for the brain creatine kinase, a discovery that led him to co-found and serve as founding president of what is now the Avicena Group, a biotechnology company in Palo Alto, California. He pursued his post-doctoral clinical training in pediatric and renal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, serving on its faculty for 11 years before moving to Children’s Hospital Boston, where he holds patient care, teaching, and several administrative responsibilities.

Dr. Daouk is an active member of SU College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors and chaired the Life Sciences subcommittee of that board. He also chairs the SU Biology Alumni Board. In 2000, he established the Daouk-Levy undergraduate studentship Fund in Biology in honor of his mentor, former SU biology chair H. Richard Levy. He also established the Ghaleb and Rima Daouk Visiting Professorship in the Life Sciences at SU. In 2005, he was the recipient of the SU Outstanding Alumni Award.

He is a diplomat of the American Board of Pediatrics and an elected member of The American Academy of Pediatrics; The American Society of Nephrology, where he is on the editorial board of its clinical journal; the American Society of Pediatric Nephrology; and the American Society of Transplantation.

On a personal note, Dr. Daouk is an avid student of the baroque flute and early eastern nay. He is married to Dr. Rima Kaddurah-Daouk. They have a 25-year-old daughter who graduated from Boston University school of management and is currently a law student in Michigan, and a 22-year-old son, a recent graduate of the BU school of management.