By Philip A. Salem* At 10:55 pm on April 10, 1931, the man was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Hospital in New York City. The dead man was Gibran Khalil Gibran. He was 48 years of age. Since then he lies in eternity and in peace at the monastery of Mar Sarkis in Bsharri, Lebanon. Although he lived in America, his mind and his soul never left his beloved country. His eyes were always mesmerized to that small piece of land which is crucified in geography between the Sea, Syria and Palestine. He chose his eternal home to be in…
Friday, 29 January 2016 16:45

Dr Salem - An American Doctor in Rome

Thursday, 10 December 2015 16:21

2015 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Thursday, 15 October 2015 15:43

2015 Foedus Award Acceptance Speech

June 26, 2015Rome, Italy
Thursday, 14 May 2015 17:03

World Cancer Day

March 24, 2006Plaza Hotel, Rome I would like to begin by thanking my friend, Mario Baccini and Foedus for the great honor they have just bestowed upon me. I am not sure I deserve it, but I certainly accept it with great joy and I promise to work hard to earn it. This is a moment of joy and I shall cherish it for the rest of my life. Tonight, I am accompanied by my wife, Wedad, who has been my only wife for the last 33 years, and one of my secret achievements is the fact that she has…
HOUSTON (October 16, 2007) - Philip A. Salem, M.D., Director of Cancer Research of the Cancer Center at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, received a $200,000 research grant from the American Cancer Society in Dallas, Texas, on September 29, 2007. Presented at the Society's annual Cattle Baron's Ball in Dallas, the grant will support research programs at St. Luke's Cancer Center. Dr. Salem expressed appreciation to the American Cancer Society and Cattle Baron's Ball members by saying, "In my professional life, I have always believed that research is the key to the advancement of knowledge and science. Without it, knowledge and…
First, I want to thank the British-Lebanese Association for graciously inviting me to be your speaker tonight. This is indeed an honor and privilege that I shall cherish for years to come. Many people worked to bring this evening into reality, and I want to thank them all. However, to one person, I would like to extend very special thanks: Lisa Zakhem. Without her, I would not have been here tonight. Also, I want to thank you all for coming. Ladies and gentlemen, I have chosen to speak to you tonight about my personal adventure as a doctor treating cancer. …
I'm delighted to be with you tonight and to share with you this beautiful evening. Also, I feel privileged to be asked to speak to you and I'm very thankful to the organizing committee and to Mr. Ayoub for inviting me. Today, I'm going to focus on my experience as a physician, and more specifically, as a cancer physician, and how this experience has helped me shape a new vision and a new philosophy towards life. This philosophy is not based on the abstract, it is based on the harsh realities of life; it is based on a real and…
Friday, 11 April 2008 11:00


Question:What are the latest developments, the latest research as far as cancer is concerned, and what are the latest treatment methods? Answer:While progress is steadily being made, it is certainly not fast enough. I wish we could have a drug tomorrow that would cure all cancers. However, I do not believe this will happen in the foreseeable future. Progress so far has been gradual, but is definitely going in the right direction. It is important to emphasize that right now, we are able to cure 40%-50% of all cancer patients if these patients are given the proper treatment. The tragedy…
Tuesday, 24 June 2008 09:00


LAS VEGAS, NEVADAFebruary 25, 2006 I would like to start by thanking the president of the American Lebanese Medical Association, Dr. Paul Wakim, the organizing committee of this convention, and the board of the association, for bestowing upon me tonight this great honor. I am not sure that I deserve it, but I happily accept it, and I will certainly work hard to earn it. What is dear to my heart in this honor is the fact that it comes from people who are the descendants of a sacred land, Lebanon. I am here in America and America has been…
Tuesday, 24 June 2008 09:15


When Michael DeBakey passed away on July 11, 2008, it was a sad day for the world and for mankind, and it was a shock to those of us who had always loved him and admired him, for we considered him immortal. It was difficult to believe that the power of his mind and body could be conquered by disease and death, as for he had always been their conqueror. Since his passing much has been said and written about Michael DeBakey, the foremost heart surgeon, the pioneering researcher, the innovator, the gifted medical educator, the international medical statesman, and,…
Every morning, I close my eyes and embrace the Lord and thank him. I thank him everyday, and I will continue to thank him everyday until my last day. I thank him for everything because if it were not for him, I would not be here. In particular, I thank him for the opportunity he has given me to treat cancer patients. And, every morning, when I drive to my office in the city of Houston, I ask myself three questions: Is there any work greater than that of treating people threatened by death from cancer? The answer is no.…
Tuesday, 09 March 2010 08:00

Cancer Pioneer

St. Luke's official announcement of Philip A. Salem, M.D. Chair St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital (St. Luke’s) announces the Philip A. Salem, M.D., Chair in Cancer Research, established to honor Dr. Salem’s contributions to cancer medicine. “We are enormously gratified to announce that St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital has formally established the Philip A. Salem, M.D., Chair in Cancer Research to serve as a lasting tribute to his leadership and vision in the field of oncology. He has spent his professional life overcoming challenges that others only dreamed of conquering and this chair recognizes his contributions to advances in cancer treatment.” Said…
Monday, 13 September 2010 12:45

Oncology Humanized

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Tuesday, 02 November 2010 13:00


Nearly half a century ago, I graduated from The American University of Beirut and began my career in medicine. From that time to this day it has been a long journey. A journey which was abundant in pain and joy, and was also rich in success and failure. I am not here today to give you advice but I have come to share with you what I have learned from success and failure with the hope that this will illuminate the road ahead of you. I have learned that knowledge is the power that frees us from slavery and that…
Today is the 62nd commemoration day for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which constitutes one of the major achievements of the United Nations. This Declaration was born at the end of the Second World War and is considered the first attempt by an international organization to focus on the human individual and his rights. It was the beginning of the Cold War between the East and the West and there was then a conflict between two divergent ideologies: the first maintained that the individual must work, and even be sacrificed for the sake of the state, and the second…
Monday, 13 December 2010 13:00


اقامت جمعية متخرجي الجامعة الاميركية احتفال يوم المؤسسين الـ144 للجامعة الاميركية في بيروت في اوتيل البريستول. وكرمت بالتعاون مع "دار نلسن للنشر" وجوهاً نيرة في الجامعة الاميركية في بيروت"، وذلك من خلال المؤلف الذي وضعه الدكتور ميشال خليل جحا بهذا العنوان. ويضم الكتاب 25 شخصية اكاديمية ممن درسوا او تولوا مهمات بارزة في الجامعة منذ ما يقارب القرن. نخبة من كبار الرجال منهم من تولى مسؤوليات كبيرة في لبنان والخارج. والكتاب يضم الاساتذة الذين علَّموا في الجامعة: انيس الخوري المقدسي، يوسف اسعد داغر، فؤاد صروف جبرائيل جبور، متى عقراوي، انيس فريحة، نبيه امين فارس، شارل مالك، نقولا زيادة، زين نور…
Saturday, 18 December 2010 18:07

The invitation to the AUB Founder's Day (144th)

On the 144thAmerican University of Beirut (AUB) Founder’s Day, Thursday, December 9, 2010, the university alumni commemorated the event in a reception held at the Bristol Hotel in Beirut. In collaboration with Nelson House for publishing, the alumni celebrated the launching of a new book on the most distinguished 25 professors of the university over its life span of 144 years. These faculty members excelled in academia and many of them served in extremely important posts at the university or outside it. Of the 25 faculty members depicted in the book, only 5 are still alive and they are Salim…
Thursday, 05 April 2012 13:00

Rene Moawad Foundation Award

Dr. Philip Salem, Professor of Cancer Medicine and Research, Director of Cancer Research at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital was awarded the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Community Service Award on Saturday, March 31,2012. The award was presented to him at a gala dinner hosted by the Rene Moawad Foundation held at the Omni Hotel in Houston. The Rene Moawad Foundation is a non-political and non-profit organization with the objective of serving the needy in Lebanon. On this occasion, the Ambassador of Lebanon, Antoine Chedid, had sent this message: On this memorable event, I am pleased to join all members of…
Thursday, 05 April 2012 16:00

Cancer Research Reception

St. Luke’s has honored Dr. Philip Salem Director of Cancer Research at St. Luke’s Hospital in a beautiful reception and dinner on Wednesday, April 4 from 6-8 p.m. The hospital had invited all faculty and administrative staff for this event. Dr. David Fine introduced Dr. Salem. He said “I have traveled with Dr. Salem and I have seen something phenomenal. The bond between him and his patient is beyond description. This is a doctor who is adored by his patients and he, too, loves them like family. That bond doesn’t exist anymore in this century. Dr. Salem embraces his patients…
Saturday, 01 September 2012 16:34

The Lebanese Doctor in Diaspora

By Philip A. Salem, M.D.2September, 2012 One of the distinctive features of our Lebanon, which is geographically crucified in the Orient between Israel, Syria, and the Mediterranean Sea, is its permeating presence in the world and the impact of this presence on world civilization. There are very few countries that could boast about the impact they made on world science, culture, and economics as much as Lebanon, and there is no other country of its size that has contributed as much to mankind. It is generally believed, for example, that the Phoenicians invented the alphabet, but there are some history…
Tuesday, 04 June 2013 17:30

Humanizing medicine

On the first Sunday of every June, people around the world pause to honor all those who are living with cancer, and acknowledge the contributions of families, friends, health care providers, and scientist who support cancer victims and survivors in their fight for life. To celebrate those who have survived and to inspire those who have recently been diagnosed with cancer, NOW talks to Dr. Philip Salem, one of the world’s leading cancer specialists who is of Lebanese origin and whose latest work and research have contributed to best practices for both treating and preventing cancer. On National Cancer Survivor…
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