Elie D. Al-Chaer, MS, Ph.D., JD

Elie D. Al-Chaer, MS, Ph.D., JDTitle
Professor of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine – Gastroenterology, Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences & Director, Center for Pain Research

University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX

Post Doctoral Training
University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
JD: South Texas College of Law, Houston, TX

Research Interests
Our translational scientific research is centered on the sex differences, hormonal regulation and neural processing of pain. It explores the neural mechanisms associated with pain symptoms refractory to conventional treatments. More specifically, it examines the mechanisms involved in controlling and down-regulating chronic pain symptoms in adults, associated with long term neuroplastic, endocrine and immunal changes. Its translational value lies in defining the neurogenic components of functional gastrointestinal disorders, and exploring the interactive dynamics of gender, stress and sensorimotor pathways, and their roles in pain processing. Our team has developed an animal model of chronic visceral hypersensitivity and functional abdominal disorders. The model is used to study the development and plasticity of somatic and visceral pain circuitry, particularly the permanent structural, functional and behavioral alterations in the adult organism residual to neonatal pain or inflammation. Dr. Al-Chaer founded the Center for Pain Research in 2002; it is a consortium of research facilities specialized in the neurobiology of pain and related biobehavior. Its mission is to facilitate the process of interdisciplinary integration in pain research, lead to better venues of communication, and a better understanding of the complex pathophysiologies involved in pain management. Dr. Al-Chaer has served on and chaired a number of scientific advisory panels for the National Institutes of Health in the USA and other non-governmental organizations. He is the recipient of numerous international accolades and awards for his work on pain mechanisms, one such award being the year 2000 John C. Liebeskind Early Career Scholar Award by the American Pain Society. He is frequently invited as a guest speaker at international conventions on Pain and Functional Disorders in the USA and abroad. He serves since 2009 as the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Women’s Health. He is also an attorney licensed in Texas and the District of Columbia.

To learn more about Dr. Al-Chaer’s research, visit his lab website at www.uams.edu/acelab.

Email: ec11@aub.edu.lb

Current Address:
Elie D. Al-Chaer, Ph.D., JD,
Professor and Chairperson,
Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiological Sciences,
Faculty of Medicine,
Interfaculty Graduate Neuroscience Program,
The American University of Beirut,

Diana Tamari Sabbagh/Suite 1-30,
PO Box 11-0236, Riad El-Solh 1107 2020,
Beirut, Lebanon

Phone: +961 1 350-000 Ext 4750, 4800, 4804
Mobile: +961 70 25 24 23

Selected Publications

Link to Dr. Al-Chaer’s PubMed publications