Dr. Feras Hawari receives CTFK award for International Tobacco Control Excellence

CFeras HAWARIongratulations to Dr. Feras Hawari MD, PCCP for receiving the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids’ 2016 Judy Wilkenfeld Award for International Tobacco Control Excellence!

As director of the Cancer Control Office at King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Jordan, Dr. Hawari plays a key role in advancing tobacco control as a national priority in Jordan. He is active in research on a variety of topics related to tobacco control. Dr. Hawari established and leads the inpatient and outpatient tobacco dependence treatment (TDT) programs at KHCC and is a lead trainer on TDT and tobacco control in the EMR.

In addition to his role in the Cancer Control Office, Dr. Hawari is the chief of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Service and director of the Respiratory Unit at KHCC. Dr. Hawari is board certified in internal medicine, clinical pharmacology, pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians. Prior to joining KHCC, Dr. Hawari worked with the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Branch at the U.S. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Hawari’s work with Global Bridges includes the development, implementation and evaluation of a TDT training program engaging participants in 19 countries within the EMR and empowering them to offer and provide help to quit. Under his leadership, the program has reached more than 2,000 participants from various sectors in 32 training workshops and events. In another project, Dr. Hawari and his team are working to address limited availability of TDT services in a few EMR regions by establishing self-sustaining training hubs in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Oman.

In addition to his regional work, Dr. Hawari serves as an expert consultant on cancer control for the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency. He was also temporary advisor to the WHO for an advisory note on waterpipe tobacco smoking.

“From his exemplary work on Global Bridges projects to his leadership role at King Hussein Cancer Center and beyond, Dr. Hawari is a true champion for his patients and for advancing the field of tobacco control,” said J. Taylor Hays, M.D., director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. “Congratulations to a dedicated leader who has already contributed much and will continue to be a role model for many.”