Thurayya Arayssi, MD

Thurayya Arayssi
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development
Consultant Rheumatology, HMC

 +974 4492 8340 


American University of Beirut, 1990

Resident, Internal Medicine 
University of Rochester, 1990-1993

Chief Resident, Internal Medicine

Fellow, Geriatric Medicine
University of Rochester and Monroe Community Hospital, 1994-1995

Fellowship in Rheumatology 
NIAMS, National Institutes of Health, 1995-1997


Dr. Thurayya Arayssi is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). She obtained her M.D. degree from the American University of Beirut, and completed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine and her Geriatrics fellowship at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. She then joined the National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders (NIAMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, completing a second fellowship in Rheumatology with a focus in the area of early arthritis.

Dr. Arayssi has been working in the area of International Medical Education for almost two decades and has held multiple leadership positions including Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency Program, Designated Institutional Official (DIO), Assistant Dean for Clinical Curriculum, Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education and more recently Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and CPD. She is interested in physician work-force development and retention in less resourced countries through improvement of standards of education and training of physicians across the continuum of education. In this capacity, she has been involved in accreditation of residency programs and CPD programs.

Dr. Arayssi’s current research interests focus on rheumatoid arthritis (RA), for which she has received funding as the Principal Investigator and Behcet disease. She has organized the Middle East Rheumatoid Arthritis Consortium (MERAC), which brings together renowned rheumatologists from the Middle East and the United States who share the interest of investigating the genetics and the clinical characteristics of Arab patients with RA for the purpose of improving their care. She has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters in her area of expertise. She has received several teaching awards and honors including being inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

Selected Publications

  • Saleh Z, Arayssi T. Update on the therapy of Behçet disease. Therapeutic advances in chronic disease. 2014 Feb 19:[23 p.]. doi: 10.1177/2040622314523062. [Epub ahead of print]. Available here

  • Yukinori Okada Y, Diogo D, Greenberg JD, Mouassess F, Achkar WAL, Fulton RS, Denny JC, Gupta N, Mirel D, Gabriel S, Li G, Kremer JM, Pappas DA, Carroll RJ, Eyler AE, Trynka G, Stahl EA, Cui J, Saxena R, Coenen MJ, Guchelaar HJ, Huizinga TW, Dieude P, Mariette X, Barton A, Canhao H, Fonseca JE, de Vries N, Tak PP, Moreland LW, Bridges SL, Jr., Miceli-Richard C, Choi HK, Kamatani Y, Galan P, Lathrop M, Raj T, De Jager PL, Raychaudhuri S, Worthington J, Padyukov L, Klareskog L, Siminovitch KA, Gregersen PK, Mardis ER, Arayssi T, Kazkaz LA, Plenge RM. Integration of sequence data from a consanguineous family with genetic data from an outbred population identifies PLB1 as a candidate rheumatoid arthritis risk gene. PloS one [Internet]. 2014 Feb 10 [cited 2014 Feb 16]; 9(2): e87645 [12 p.]. Available here

  • Saadeh, D., Kurban, M., Ghosn, S., Btadini, W., Nemer, G., Arayssi, T., Uthman, I., Badra, R. and Farra, C. (2014), Pachydermoperiostosis genetic screening in Lebanese families uncovers a novel SLCO2A1mutation. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. doi: 10.1111/jdv.12584, JIP 2.694

  • Sheikh JI, Badr, Kamal F, Kamei RK, Arayssi T. Three global adaptations of the American medical education model. Innov Glob Med Health Educ [Internet]. 2013 Dec 11 [cited 2014 Jan 27]; 2013(3): [16 p.]. Available here

  • Chaaya M, Slim ZN, Habib RR, Arayssi T, Dana R, Hamdan O, Assi M, Issa Z, Uthman I. High burden of rheumatic diseases in Lebanon: a COPCORD study. International journal of rheumatic diseases. 2012 Apr;15(2):136-43. JIP: 1.650

  • Slim ZN, Chaaya M, Habib RR, Arayssi T, Uthman I. High burden of musculoskeletal conditions: a problem that has only recently come to recognition. Chronic illness. 2011 Dec;7(4):311-20. JIP: N/A

  • Touma Z, Ghandour L, Sibai A, Puzantian H, Hamdan A, Hamdan O, Menassa J, Uthman I, Arayssi T. Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of Behcet's disease quality of life questionnaire. BMC medical research methodology [Internet]. 2011 Apr 20 [cited 2014 Jan 27]; 11: 52 [7 p.]. Available here

  • Arayssi T, Hamdan A. New insights into the pathogenesis and therapy of Behçet's disease. Current opinion in pharmacology. 2004 Apr;4(2):183-8.