Honors, Awards and Citations

1981 Medal of Achievement
Italian Association of Pathologists in recognition of his research on Mediterranean lymphoma (IPSID)
March 1986 Citation by Mary M. Bissey, assistant editor of the journal Cancer in her farewell remarks, for his contributions to the success of the journal.
1985-Present Who's Who in Lebanon
1985-Present Who's Who in the Arab World
1989-1994 Member - White House Advisory Committee on Healthcare
October 1993 Honored for contributions to cancer research at the Annual Convention of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital of Memphis
Houston, Texas
May 1994 Received the Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom, which is "the highest honor the republican members of the U.S. Senate can bestow"
May 26, 1994 Received honor of appointment as Goodwill Ambassador for the City of Houston, Texas, from the Honorable Bob Lanier, Mayor of the City of Houston
July 27, 1994 Honored by the American University of Beirut for his contributions to cancer medicine
July 31, 1994 Honored by the President of Lebanon, Mr. Elias Hrawi, in a special ceremony in the presidential palace and decorated with the Medal of the Cedars
December 1994 Selected "Man of the Year in Medicine," "ALMAJALLA" (International Arab Weekly News Magazine), Arab Press House
London, England
January 1995 Selected honored member of the National Directory of Who's Who, 1995-96
January 1995 Selected honored member of the International Who's Who of Professionals
January 1995 Featured by the Middle East Broadcasting Television Station in London, as the "outstanding cancer physician of the year"
May 18, 1996 Elected as first President of the Arab American Cancer Foundation
October 1997 Selected Life Member, National Registry, Who's Who
October 29, 1997 Honored by the British-Lebanese Association (BLA) in London for his contributions to cancer medicine and for service to Lebanon and mankind
May 9, 1998 Awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honor by the National Ethnic Coalition Organizations (NECO) for “exceptional humanitarian efforts, and outstanding contributions to America”
June 4, 1998 Honored by the President of the Republic of Italy, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, who bestowed upon him, the honor in rank of COMMANDER (Commendatore) of the Order to the Merit of the Italian Republic (OMRI)
June 24, 1998 Awarded as a Distinguished 20th Century Republican Leader by the Republican Members of the United States Senate.
August 14, 1998 Selected Member of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Society
December 5, 1998 Al-Amal Award, Doctor of the Year, by Ana Al-Arabi Festival, Washington, D.C.
February 1999 Accepted as a Life Member of the National Registry of Who’s Who. First published in the 1998 edition; revised biography published in the 1999 edition (#69187).
March 12, 1999 Honored by the Cultural Movement of Antelias, Lebanon for contributions to medicine, Arabic literature, philosophy and politics.
April 16, 2000 Khalil Gibran International Award, awarded by the Arabic Heritage League in Sydney, Australia for contributions to medicine, Arabic literature, philosophy and politics.
May 6, 2000 Arab American of the Year Award, awarded by the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) in Dearborn, Michigan. This national award is usually given to two outstanding Arab Americans each year for their contributions to the life of America. The award was presented at an annual banquet on the evening of Saturday, May 6, 2000. The other awardee was Dr. David Adamany, former president of Wayne State University.
February 27, 2001 Selected as one of America’s top doctors in the premier edition of America’s Top Doctors, a national guide to outstanding medical specialists throughout the United States. Fewer than one percent of physicians in the United States have been recognized by inclusion in this national Castle Connolly Guide. Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., 2001, America’s Top Doctors, page 312. Since then until present, he has been selected annually.
April 2001 Selected in the Who’s Who in Executives & Businesses, Nationwide Register’s Who’s Who, 2001.
April 4, 2002

Honored as the “Intellectual of the Year” by Diwan Ahl Al-Qalam (a club of intellectuals in Lebanon).

This is an annual award granted by Diwan Ahl Al-Qalam to a prominent Lebanese intellectual. The ceremony was held at the UNESCO building in Beirut. It was held under the auspices of the President of Lebanon, Mr. Emile Lahoud. Salwa Al-Amin, who is the chairperson of Diwan Ahl Al-Qalam, introduced Dr. Salem. She was followed by Dr. Eyad Chatty, the Minister of Health in Syria, Fouad Boustani, the ex-chief of the medical syndicate in Beirut, Clovis Maksoud, former ambassador of the Arab League to the United Nations, Mansour Rahbani, a famous Lebanese artist, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mahmoud Hammoud.

April 5, 2002 Decorated by the President of Lebanon, General Emile Lahoud, and was given the highest civilian honor on Friday, April 5, 2002 at the presidential palace in Lebanon.
April 21, 2002 Arab American Cultural and Heritage award by the Arab American Cultural and Heritage Center. The ceremony was held on Sunday, April 21, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. at the Arab American Cultural Center in Houston.
May 2003 Selected “Man of the Month” by Arrajol Magazine. This monthly magazine is published by the Saudi Publishing and Distributing Company, which is headquarted in London, England. It had a 14-page cover story featuring Dr. Salem’s life and his philosophy. This was the first time that this magazine had on its cover a person who is not a politician. May 2003, issue no. 125, pages 18-31.
October 21, 2003 Life Achievement Award. This award was bestowed on Dr. Salem by the Arab Cancer Congress during the opening ceremony of the conference, which was held at the Assad Library in Damascus, Syria from October 21, 2003.
Aug-Sep 2004 Cover Story:;Dr. Philip Salem, Pivotal Contributor to Cancer Research, Arab American Affairs, a bi-monthly magazine published by The News Circle Publishing House. Volume 32, number 212, pages 40-43.
June 2, 2005 Dr. Salem was honored by the American Lebanese National Movement (ALNM) in Houston, Texas. A ceremony was held at the Arab American Cultural Center in Houston and Dr. Salem was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. He also gave a speech on “Lebanon: A new Opportunity; A new hope.”
July 28, 2005 Honored as a Guest of Honor for the 12th International Meeting of the Lebanese World Cultural Union, which was held in Beirut, Lebanon under the auspices of the President of Lebanon. In the honoring ceremony, which was held at the UNESCO in Beirut, Dr. Salem delivered a speech on “The Lebanese in Diaspora- the reality and the challenges”.
November 16, 2005 His research on IPSID was recognized by the Nobel Prize Committee as the gateway for research on H. pylori in the stomach, and its causal relationship to peptic ulcer and stomach cancer, which won the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2005.
November 27, 2005 Honored by the American Lebanese National Movement in Houston, Texas
February 25, 2006 The American Lebanese Medical Association Scientific Achievement Award. This honor was bestowed upon him during the medical convention of the American Lebanese Medical Association, which was held in Las Vegas, February 24-25, 2006. Dr. Michael DeBakey was also honored during the same ceremony.
March 24, 2006 Honored as “The Scientist of the Year” by La Fondazione Foedus Cultura Impresa Solidarietà (A National Italian Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Culture founded by Mr. Mario Baccini, Minister of Public Affairs) in a special ceremony held in Rome.
April 17&18, 2008 Honored by the MBC television station in Dubai, UAE, as the Intellectual of the year.
August 12, 2009 Honored by the World Lebanese Cultural Union in a national ceremony held at the Coral Beach Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon. Attended by representatives of the president of Lebanon, and the prime minister of Lebanon, and by the minister of foreign affairs. This honor was bestowed on Dr. Salem because of his contributions to medicine and to Lebanon.
October 2009 Included in Marquis Who’s Who in America for 2010 Edition. Inclusion is limited to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their own fields of endeavor.
March 2010 St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Houston, Texas established the Philip A. Salem Cancer Research Chair in recognition of Dr. Salem’s contributions to cancer medicine and research.
July 1, 2010 The Lebanese American University in Lebanon bestowed upon Dr. Salem an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters during the graduation ceremony which was held in Byblos, Lebanon. Also, Dr. Salem was the graduation ceremony speaker.
October 16, 2010 Honored by the Arab American Community and Cultural Centre in Houston in a Gala dinner, and awarded “The Life Achievement Award”.
December 2010 Selected member of the Board, “Arab Thought Forum”. This is a non-governmental organization established in 1981, and chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Al Hasan Bin Talal. The objective of this organization is to provide a platform for intellectual debate and to address issues relating to the Arab World and Arab Culture.
December 9, 2010 A recently published book by Nelson House for Publishing and authored by Mr. Michel Jeha was launched in a joint ceremony between Nelson House for Publishing and the American University of Beirut Alumni. The book depicts the profiles of the most distinguished 25 faculty members of the American University of Beirut over its lifespan of 144 years. Dr. Salem was one of the 25 selected.
March 31, 2012 Honored by the Rene Moawad Foundation, a non-political, non-religious charity organization benefiting the children of Lebanon, in a Gala dinner, held at the Omni Hotel in Houston. The Foundation bestowed on Dr. Salem the “Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award”.
April 4, 2012 Honored by St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital for 20 years’ service as director of cancer research.
June 27, 2012 Honored by the Lebanese Circle of Intellectuals ( Montada al Shira’ al Fikri ) at the UNESCO in Beirut. He was honored not only as a physician but as an intellectual and a Lebanese nationalist. Majida El Roumi, one of most famous Lebanese artists spoke about Dr. Salem’s philosophy of humanness.
November 27, 2012 Honored by the Beirut International Award Festival committee in Beirut at the Biel Royal Pavillon for his contributions to cancer medicine and the cause of Lebanon. This year the award ceremony carried the name of “ Michael DeBakey”. Dr. Salem was also honored as the heir of Dr. DeBakeys’ legacy: Excellence in Medicine.
February 22,2013 Honored by the Lions Economic Forum committee held at the Ecole Superieur des Affairs in Beirut , for his contributions to medicine, literature and politics.
February 23, 2013 Honored by the Lebanese Welfare Association for the Handicapped in a ceremony held in Beirut at the Biel. Mrs. Randa Berri, the chairperson for this event proclaimed that Dr. Salem is honored “as a great man from Lebanon who has contributed to humanity”. The ceremony was attended by government officials and leaders of civic society in Lebanon.
February 28, 2013 Honored by Notre Dame University in Lebanon in a ceremony held at the auditorium of the university. The honoring was not because of Dr. Salem’s contributions to medicine only but also for his contributions to Lebanon and the Arab World as a writer and an author.
July 12, 2013 Honored by Notre Dame University of Lebanon. In the graduation ceremony which was held on July 12, Dr. Salem was the keynote speaker and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters was bestowed up him by the university. Also, the university announced a new award The Philip A. Salem Award in Nursing Excellence. Notre Dame University does not have a medical school, but it has a nursing college.
July 12, 2013 The President of Lebanon, Michel Sleiman, decorated Dr. Salem with the highest civilian honor during the graduation ceremony which was held on this date at the Notre Dame University.
July 11, 2014 Honored by the University of Arts, Sciences and Technology (AUL) in Beirut, Lebanon.
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