Meet the team

  Professor Roger J. Zoorob
Dr. Roger J. Zoorob
has been named the Vanderbilt-Meharry Frank S. Royal Sr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine. He will also serve as the co-director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Alliance Institute for Inter Community Health.
Zoorob comes from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans where he has served as associate chair for Academic Affairs and Research for the Department of Family Medicine and director of the Family Practice Residency Training Program at Kenner Regional Medical Center.

"I am very excited about this position and look forward to coming to Nashville," Zoorob said. "What attracted me were the joint appointment and the Alliance between Vanderbilt and Meharrry and the fact that both institutions are strong in both education and research."

In his position, Zoorob will oversee the educational programs in the Department of Family Medicine, coordinate the family medicine fourth year ambulatory clerkship at Meharry, in which Vanderbilt medical students participate, and will help arrange and evaluate student electives in family medicine in rural settings. He will also mentor medical students who are contemplating careers in family medicine.

Zoorob, who is a diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine, will assume the position on Jan. 5. He received his medical degree and a Masters in Public Health from American University of Beirut and completed his residency training in Family Medicine at Anderson Memorial Hospital in South Carolina, where he received the outstanding resident award.

After establishing a family practice in rural Ohio, he completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. While at UK, he served as the associate director of the residency program. He was recruited to LSU-New Orleans in 1996 to start a joint residency program at Kenner Regional Medical at LSU.

"We are very excited about the recruitment of Dr. Zoorob to both Meharry and Vanderbilt," said Dr. Steven G. Gabbe, Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. "He has extensive experience in academic and family medicine and as an active practitioner. He has held leadership positions in family medicine in Louisiana and is active in family practice activities on a national level, including the development of practice guidelines and the efforts to improve quality of care."
Zoorob said he looks forward to participating in the education of both Vanderbilt and Meharry students, and in the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance. 

"We will expose our students to a wide range of areas of family medicine, including providing electives in both urban and rural areas. There is a shortage of family medicine physicians in the rural areas of Tennessee," he said.

Zoorob's research interests include behavior modification and health services research in the areas of chronic disease such as diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. He currently is the Vice President of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians and heads the Louisiana Primary Research Network.








  Professor Tawfik Khoja 
  is from Tabuk, Saudi Arabia

Dr Tawfik's academic credentials include:
MBBS,  1982,  King Saud University, Riyadh
DPHC, 1986 with intensive care, King Saud University, Riyadh
Primary Health care Specialist, 1986-87
Director Primary Health Care Dept.1986-87,  
General Directorate of Health Affairs, Riyadh Region, Riyadh.
Assistant Director General, 1989-93., 
General Directorate of Health Affairs, Riyadh Region, Riyadh
Primary health care Consultant,. 1989
Director General  of  Health Centers, MOH, 1994.
Lecturer, College of Medicine King Saud University, ( Part time)
Executive Director, Executive Board, Health Ministers' Council
for GCC 2000-2003.
Director General, Executive Board, Health Ministers' Council
for GCC 01/..
Adjunct Professor, 16/6/2003. University of Oklahoma, USA
Chairman, Quality Assurance Committee, General Directorate of Health Affairs, Riyadh Region, Riyadh.
Supervisor, Saudi society of Family and Community Medicine, Riyadh Office, Riyadh 1993
Chairman, Saudi National Committee Psychiatry. Illness, 1994.
Chairman, The Saudi National Scientific Committee for Optimal Standards of PHC Training Centers in the Kingdom. (1994).
National Coordinator, Saudi National Scientific Committee Diagnosis and Management  of Bronchial Asthma. 1994.......
Chairman, Program of Supportive Supervision of Q A, Monitoring Evaluation and Supervision  (MOH) 1994.
Chairman, Saudi Nat. Com Acute Respiratory Infection, 1995
Chairman of National Scientific Committee for the Mini Clinics for chronic patients care. Initiative in Health Centers in Saudi Arabia, 2003.
Trustee International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease 1995-2001 National Coordinator for National Scientific Committee for Evidence Based Medicine, 2001-
Member of Abyad Medical Center, Middle East Longevity Institute, Middle East academy for Medicine of Ageing,
Member of the Editorial Board, Middle East pediatrics, June 21 1997-.\
Member of Editorial Board, for General Policy of the Middle East Primary Care Research Network
Eastern Mediterranean Health  Journal
Saudi Journal of kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Journal of Family and Community Medicine, Saudi Arabia
Saudi Medical Journal, KSA
Annals of Saudi Medicine
Principles and Practice of PHC  (1991) Arabic version.

Al-Mazrou YY,Al-shehri NS, Rao MP and Khoja TA.
Appointment system and computerization health centers. Ist Edition, 1994.  Khoja TA.
Khoja TA. "Quality Assurance of essential drugs"  Quality assurance in PHC manual, MOH, & WHO EM/PHC/81-A/G93
Khoja TA and Farag MK. "Quality assurance of communicable diseases"  Quality assurance in PHC Manual
Khoja TA.Caring for your asthmatic patients, The Asthma mini clinic,1995
Khoja TA ( Co-author). The National Protocol for the Management of Asthma, MOH, Ist ed. 1995.
Khoja TA et al. National Protocol for diagnosis and treatment of Acute Respiratory infectins among children in health centers na dsmall hosptials. Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia  1995.
Khoja TA. (Co-author) National Manual for Primary Mental Health Care, MOH, Saudi Arabia 1997.
Khoja TA, Farag KM. Synopsis of Indicators: Monitoring, Evaluation and supervision of Healthcare Quality. MOH, Saudi Arabia. 1997.
Khoja TA,  Principal report of Saudi Arabia Family Health Survey. MOH, Saudi Arabia, 2000
Khoja TA,"Glossary of health care Quality" Interpretation of terms Ist edition, 2002. 
Khoja TA, Highlights on Elderly People healthcare. Reality and Prospective, 2002
Khoja TA. "Working Together for Better Health"  Technical Cooperation among the Gulf States in the Field of Health Through the Council of Health Ministers of GCC States. 2002.
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