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Ahmad Teebi

Personal Info

  • Country of residence: Lebanon
  • Gender: Male
  • Born in: 1949
  • Age: 68
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Ahmad S. Teebi "born in Beirut, Lebanon on July 22, 1949" was a Palestinian born in Lebanon- clinical geneticist who studied and practiced in several countries, ending his career in Canada and the United States. 

Admad Teebi was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to a family of Palestinian origin. He received his primary education in Lebanon and in Kuwait.

He obtained his medical degree from Cairo University (1973), then studied Pediatrics in Kuwait. He studied at University College of Dublin in 1976–77, receiving a Diploma of Child Health in 1977.

He began his medical residency at the Kuwait Medical Genetics Center (1977-1980), then completed it at the University of British Columbia (studying Medical Genetics and Pediatrics in 1986), and in the United States at Yale University (1990-1993).

In 1983, Teebi received a DHCG from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In 1992, Teebi was asked to join the Division of Medical Genetics at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He worked there as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics from 1993–98.

In 1998, he moved to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, named as a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, in the Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics at the Hospital for Sick Children and in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto. In 2006 he moved to the Departments of Pediatrics and Genetic Medicine at Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York. In 2008, he became vice-chairman of that department.

While working in Canada and the United States, Teebi maintained his interest in the advancement of medical genetics in the Middle East. He headed the Arab Genetics Consortium. He was also the original curator (at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto) of the now-defunct Arab Genetic Disease Database ( In 2008 he was appointed Professor and Director of the Pediatrics Service of Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

He married Amal Qudsi. They had four children: sons Saeed and Basel; daughters Asil and Asma.

Teebi died on his birthday in 2010, at Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, from complications of cancer. He was 61 years of age.


Achievements and Awards

Many of the syndromes that Teebi studied and wrote about were ultimately named after him.

Teebi has received several awards, including:

  • Kuwait Prize (1989 – for outstanding contribution in clinical and human genetics in the Arab world).
  • Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS)(1989 – for contribution in clinical and human genetics in the Arab World).
  • Rammal Euroscience Award (2001 – for recognition of both scientific achievements and commitment to the cause of Mediterranean cooperation).

Teebi was a member of several scientific societies and study groups, including the HUGO mutation database initiative. In 2002 he was elected as a member of the European Academy of Science.​​

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