Roland Tomb

Roland Tomb is a Lebanese-French author, bioethicist and dermatologist born in 1958 in Beirut, Lebanon. He has been holding office as the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Beirut's Saint Joseph University since 2011. He is the chairperson of the Department of Bioethics at this same university, and is an active member of UNESCO's committees concerned with bioethics.

Early lifeEdit

Tomb attended high school in Lebanon the Jesuit institution Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour, graduating in 1976.[1] He pursued his medical studies in Paris, at the Faculty of Medicine Pierre et Marie Curie (part of Sorbonne University),[2] and then obtain his M.D. in 1989 from Louis Pasteur University (today part of the University of Strasbourg). The subject of his thesis, supervised by Pr Edouard Grosshans, was the rediscovery of formerly described skin diseases.[3]

Medical and academic careerEdit

When practicing medicine in Strasbourg, where he became assistant clinical director, also taught and conducted research, directed the allergology clinic for 8 years, and also obtained a DEA (Degree of Profound studies) in pharmacology and pharmacochemistry.[4] Tomb relocated to Lebanon in 1993. He started directing the dermatology department at the Hotel-Dieu de France Hospital in Beirut, and was named professor.[4]In 2011, Tomb was elected Dean of Saint Joseph University's Faculty of Medicine.[5] He was reelected twice to this position for four-year mandates, in 2015 and in 2019.[6][7] During his tenure as dean, Tomb signed numerous conventions and agreements with French, Swiss and Belgian universities and research centers, concerning academic collaboration and student exchanges. He notably initiated the construction of a simulation center, in collaboration with Paris Descartes University's ILUMENS.[8] Tomb is a member and former president of the Lebanese Society of Dermatologists,[9] a member of the Société Française de Dermatologie,[4] and was formerly the vice-president of the Association des Dermatologistes Francophones.[10][2] He is also a board member of the Lebanese Order of Physicians.[2]

Medical publicationsEdit

Tomb is the author or co-author of more than 130 articles in medical journals internationally.[11] In addition, he has contributed to the following collective medical works:

  • Traité de médecine (Treaty of Medicine). 3 volumes, 5th edition. Paris: Editions du Traité de Médecine, 2020 (5th edition).[12]
  • Dermatologie et infections sexuellement transmissibles (Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases), Paris: Elsevier Masson, 2019 (5th edition).[13]
  • Thérapeutique dermatologique. (Dermatological Therapeutics). Paris: Flammarion Medicine, 2011.[14]
  • Tagliavini, Ruggero; translated, adapted and updated by Roland Tomb. Nouvel atlas pratique de dermatologie et vénéréologie (New Practical Atlas of Dermatology and Venereology). Paris: Ellipses, 1995.[15]

Work in the field of bioethicsEdit

At Saint Joseph University's Faculty of Medicine, Tomb created a diploma in medical ethics and was named Chair of bioethics. He was also the president of the ethics committee of the Hotel-Dieu de France hospital in Beirut, and the president of the ethics committee of the Lebanese Order of physicians.[4] In 2009, Tomb obtained a Doctorat d'État (Ph.D.) in Life Sciences with a focus on philosophy and bioethics from Aix-Marseilles . The thesis, supervised by Pr Pierre Le Coz, tackled the bioethical stakes of male circumcision.[16] In 2014, he was named rapporteur at UNESCO's intergovernmental bioethics committee.[17] In 2016, he was named a member of UNESCO's International Bioethics Committee (IGBC),[18] of which he became one of the vice-chairpeople in 2018.[19][20]In addition, he was a member of the Lebanese National Consultative Committee of Bioethics from 2010 to 2018.[21]

Other endeavorsEdit

Tomb is a member of the Board of Advisors of the Alexis and Anne-Marie Habib Foundation that provides financial educational support for Lebanese youth.[22]He has held minor roles in two films, Beyrouth Hotel (2011) and In the Battlefields (2004), both by French-Lebanese filmmaker Danielle Arbid.[23]He has studied ancient Oriental languages at the Institut catholique de Paris and the Faculté de théologie protestante de Strasbourg.[4]He also contributed to several history books, among them:

  • Lucien Cattin, le bâtisseur. (Lucien Cattin, the Builder). Under the direction of Christian Taoutel. Beirut: Éditions de l'USJ, 2018.[24]
  • USJ, Portrait d’une université (USJ, Portrait of a University). By Carla Eddé, Roland Tomb and Cynthia Ghobril-Andrea. Beirut: Éditions de l'USJ, 2016.[25]
  • Léon de Laborde, Voyage en Orient (Léon de Laborde: Oriental Travels). Le Blanc, France: ABMB, 2010.[26]
  • L'Islande et le Liban : antipodes de l'UE (Iceland and Lebanon : Antipodes of the EU). Under the direction of David Thor Bjorgvinsson and Chibli Mallat. Brussels: Bruyland Edition, 2008.[27]


On 19 May 2014, Tomb was made Officer of the Lebanese Order of the Cedar.[28]


  1. ^ Université Saint-Joseph (Beirut, Lebanon); Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour (2000). Le livre des 125 ans: annuaire des élèves anciens du Collège Secondaire de l'USJ & du Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour : 1875-2000 (in French). Hazmieh, Liban: Collège Notre-Dame de Jamhour. OCLC 44943849.
  2. ^ a b c "Habib Foundation Board of Directors". Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  3. ^ Tomb, Roland (1989-01-01). De la redécouverte des maladies cutanées antérieurement décrites (thesis thesis). Strasbourg 1.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Faculté de médecine - Mot du Doyen". Retrieved 2020-03-04.
  5. ^ "Divers". L'Orient-Le Jour (in French). 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  6. ^ "Nette victoire du Pr Roland Tomb aux élections de la faculté de médecine de l'USJ". L'Orient-Le Jour (in French). 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  7. ^ "Le Pr Roland Tomb réélu doyen de la faculté de médecine de l'USJ. Une multitude de projets". Magazine Le Mensuel. 2015-07-15. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  8. ^ FAKHOURI, Marlène AOUN (2019-05-27). "Un centre de simulation médicale pour la sixième édition des Printemps de la faculté de médecine de l'USJ - Marlène AOUN FAKHOURI". L'Orient-Le Jour (in French). Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  9. ^ "Ordre des Médecins Libanais | Sociétés Scientifiques | Membres de OML - Société Libanaise de Dermatologie". Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  10. ^ "ADF (Association des Dermatologues Francophones) - Dermatologie Hors Frontières". Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  11. ^ "Researchgate: Roland Tomb". Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  12. ^ Collective (2020). Traité de médecine [Treaty of Medicine] (in French). Paris: Éditions du Traité de Médecine. ISBN 978-2901094005.
  13. ^ Saurat, Jean-Hilaire; Lachapelle, Jean-Marie; Lipsker, Dan (2008). Dermatologie et infections sexuellement transmissibles. et al. (5e édition ed.). Paris: Elsevier-Masson. ISBN 978-2-294-02099-5. OCLC 494481489.
  14. ^ Dubertret, Louis (2011). Thérapeutique dermatologique [Dermatological therapeutics] (in French). Paris: Flammarion médecine-sciences. ISBN 978-2-257-15559-7. OCLC 469321288.
  15. ^ Tagliavini, Ruggero (1995). Nouvel atlas pratique de dermatologie et vénéréologie [New Practical Atlas of Dermatology and Venereology] (in French). Tomb, Roland. Paris: Ellipses. ISBN 2-7298-9490-X. OCLC 490212114.
  16. ^ Tomb, Roland (2009-01-01). Circoncision : les enjeux éthiques (thesis thesis). Aix-Marseille 2.
  17. ^ "Roland Tomb nommé rapporteur du Comité intergouvernemental de bioéthique, à l'Unesco". L'Orient-Le Jour (in French). 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  18. ^ (2019-10-08). "Members of the International Bioethics Committee". UNESCO. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  19. ^ (2019-10-08). "International Bioethics Committee (IBC)". UNESCO. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  20. ^ "Élection de Roland Tomb à la vice-présidence du Comité international de bioéthique de l'Unesco". L'Orient-Le Jour (in French). 2018-09-18. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  21. ^ "Members". CCNLE. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
  22. ^ "Alexis and Anne-Marie Habibe Foundation: Board of Advisors".
  23. ^ "Roland Tomb". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-01-05.
  24. ^ "L'USJ au pays du P. Lucien Cattin s.j. (ancien recteur)". Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  25. ^ Eddé, Carla (2007). L'USJ, portrait d'une université entre tradition et modernité [USJ, Portrait of a University: Between Tradition and Modernity] (in French). Beyrouth: Presses de l'Université Saint-Joseph. ISBN 978-9953-455-75-4. OCLC 494260565.
  26. ^ Laborde, Léon. Voyage en Asie Mineure : de Constantinople au Taurus et à la côte de Cilicie. Le Blanc. ISBN 978-2-9542107-1-1. OCLC 874730654.
  27. ^ L'Islande et le Liban : antipodes de l'UE = Iceland and Lebanon : antipodes of the EU. [Bruxelles]. ISBN 978-2-8027-2447-6. OCLC 841186432.
  28. ^ "Official document asserting Roland Tomb's decoration as Officer of the Lebanese Order of the Cedar" (PDF). 19 May 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2020.