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Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Rana Zeine

August 14, 2019
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Saint James School of Medicine’s faculty is made up of accomplished medical professionals dedicated to scientific instruction and academic excellence. All faculty members hold an M.D., a Ph.D., or both.   Saint James School of Medicine faculty offer tutoring, mentoring, one-on-one guidance, and research support.   One of the faculty members of the school is Dr. Rana Zeine. We interviewed Dr. Zeine to find out why she chose to teach at Saint James School of Medicine and ask for any advice that she might have for medical students.  


  Dr. Rana Zeine, MD, PhD, MBA received her Bachelors in Biology, Teaching Diploma in Education, and Doctor of Medicine MD degrees from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. She completed elective rotations at Massachusetts General Hospital and Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.     Dr. Zeine completed her residency and fellowship in Surgical Pathology and Neuropathology at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA. She earned her PhD degree in Experimental Medicine (Neuroimmunology) from McGill University, Montreal Neurological Institute, QC, Canada.     Dr. Zeine earned a Graduate Certificate and a Master’s in Business Administration and Management, MBA with Distinction, from Keller Graduate School of Management, DeVry College of New York, Manhattan, NY USA. She held research associate positions at Ottawa University, Ottawa, ON, Canada (1995-1998) and at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA (1998-2000).     She currently teaches Pathology I, Research in Health and Medicine II, Research in Health and Medicine III, Basic Science Review Course – Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Radiology for Medical Students, Clinical Communication Skills at SJSM. She also taught  Pathology II, Clinical Correlations of Basic Sciences 3, and Clinical Correlations of Basic Sciences 4 previously.

Why Teach at SJSM?

  There are several reasons why Dr. Zeine chose to teach at Saint James. First of all, she always had a passion for academia and in fact she spent several years in some of the most prestigious medical research centers in Canada and the USA.     She published research works on Multiple Sclerosis from the Montreal Neurological Institute and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY and cancer research findings from Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. She  became associate director of a Pathology core facility and published in the field of higher education leadership and management.     She also has a passion for teaching. In fact, she has also taught medical students at the University of Ottawa and have trained residents in Pathology, Neurology, Neurosurgery and Oncology. She finds it very fulfilling to share her experiences, knowledge, skills, wisdom and expertise with medical students, and to mentor them in their research projects.  

Why Choose SJSM?

  Dr. Zeine chose to teach at Saint James School of Medicine because of the school’s emphasis on teaching medical research. Not enough medical schools are teaching medical research today. She likes Saint James’ continuing efforts to expand its research program.  

Advice for Students

  Dr. Zeine’s  advice for students at SJSM is to be focused on their academic studies, be disciplined with their time, actively participate in all classes and laboratory sessions, follow the guidance of their professors, acquire professional skills, practice test questions and maintain physical and mental well-being.  

Most Rewarding Part of Teaching at a Medical School?

  For Dr. Zeine, the most rewarding part about teaching at a medical school is witnessing the transformation that takes place in medical students as they develop into physicians and physician-scientists; watching them gain confidence in presenting clinical cases, feeling their joy as they succeed in their scientific projects, sharing their pride when they perform well on standardized examinations.
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