The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is a unit within the Faculty of Medicine and the Medical Center of the American University of Beirut. As such, it is an integral part of the American University of Beirut and is subject to the general rules and regulations governing the university.
The department has a dual function: academic (training, teaching and research) and service to patients. The Chairman is appointed by the Dean of the Faculty and is responsible for the overall program of the department. He is assisted by the Director of Clinical Pathology and the Director of Anatomic Pathology. These are in turn assisted by Faculty members in each department for the academic matters and by the lab administrator for administrative matters. On the other hand, academic matters are referred directly to the Dean, and service matters to the Hospital Director. The Academic staff of the department are appointed in the Faculty of Medicine and the non-academic staff are appointed in the Medical Center.