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Clinical Simulation Center


The Clinical Simulation Center (LAU-CSC), inaugurated in August 2013 and located in the Chagoury Health Sciences Center in Byblos, is a state-of-the-art innovative center in line with the university’s health sciences schools’ vision of developing a curriculum modeled after the highest quality standards of international medical education. It remains the largest clinical simulation center in Lebanon.

The center is designed to support interdisciplinary education at LAU, where students from the Gilbert & Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine, the Alice Ramez Chagoury School of Nursing, and School of Pharmacy come together to exchange and learn about and from each other. These schools are among the first national and regional health sciences schools to integrate into their curricula simulation technology which has become the international standard for medical education, surgical training and professional development. LAU-CSC also serves the needs of the Lebanese American University Medical Center-Rizk Hospital (LAU Medical Center-RH) and acts as a resource for the larger health care community.

The LAU-CSC is certified by the American Heart Association International Training Center, since 2014 and it is granted accreditation for a three-year period commencing January 1, 2018 and ending December 31, 2020 from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in Canada. This reflects the Center’s ability to provide simulation-based education activities that model the highest administrative, educational, and ethical accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Since January 2018, the Center is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).


The LAU-CSC is designed to support the interdisciplinary and integrative teaching-learning process for LAU’s health science students and professionals, with the ultimate goal to benefit patient care.  It also serves as a resource to the larger health care community.


LAU-CSC will be recognized as a regionally prominent, accredited, interdisciplinary center that provides high-quality simulation education with the aims of promoting safe and effective patient care and advancing science.


  • Provide learners with opportunities to develop clinical competencies and confidence in a safe setting.
  • Provide a setting in which learners engage in interprofessional experiences that foster teamwork and collaboration with the aims of promoting safe and effective patient care.
  • Serve as a venue to conduct research that will advance health care and health science education.

Faculty and Staff

  • Vanda Abi Raad, M.D., M.H.P.E.,  Director
  • Nadia Asmar, M.D., Associate Director
  • Nelly Chammas, R.N., D.H.Q.M., M.B.A.,  Senior  Coordinator
  • Rudy Bahri, RN, M.B.A.,  Coordinator

Contact Information

  • Telephone: +961-9-547-254, ext. 2936
  • Hours of operation: Weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Chagoury Health Sciences Center, 4300, 4th floor, Byblos Campus
  • E-mail:
  • Website