Talk entitled 'The Lebanese abroad and how they can help the new Lebanon'. Dr. Philip Salem, the world renowned oncologist and cancer researcher, studied medicine at the American University of Beirut and began his career in cancer medicine in 1968 at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York. Back in Lebanon in 1971 he joined the AUB faculty and established the first fellowship training programs in cancer in the Middle East and the first cancer Registry in Lebanon. He emigrated to the US in 1986 where he joined the M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston. His pioneering work and outstanding contribution to cancer research, particularly in respect of cancers which are unique to some Mediterranean countries and the Arab World, have been recognised worldwide. He was appointed to several advisory committees to the White House on health care issues during the Administration of George Bush Sr. In 1991 he became Director of the Cancer Research Programme at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital, Texas Medical Centre in Houston.